Friends in Film Review
I’m not an affiliate. I just wanted to help people who, like me, were on the fence about this program.
Last July, I signed up for the Friends in Film program.
Around that time, I was feeling really frustrated. I had entered two screenwriting competitions with no results (except a loss of $130 in entry fees :/ ). I was having a hard time finding background work (and when I did, I didn’t hear back as often as I would have liked). I knew there had to be a better way. I just didn’t know how to break in as an actor and screenwriter from Southwest Oklahoma.
I actually found the program on Facebook years ago. It would pop up on my news feed every so often, but I didn’t really give it much thought until this last July. I don’t remember exactly what the ad said, but it was something along the lines of helping actors and writers get in the film business. Whatever it was, it was exactly what I was looking for.
The initial course (Career on Fire) is free, so I signed up. In the free live training, the creator of the course, Janet Urban, showed an overview of how to find work on film sets (from anywhere!) and how to move up in the film world to the job you’ve been dreaming of. To learn the exact steps, however, I would have to enroll in the Friends in Film program.
Now, I have done many an online course in my day. Some are okay. I did a fantastic screenwriting course back in 2015 and learned a lot from it. But most of them (especially the ones I took in early 2018) are garbage. They don’t teach anymore than what I had already learned on my own from Google searches. So I was skeptical. If I was going to drop this much money, I had to make sure it would be worth it.
I watched and read all the success stories Janet has on her website. They, of course, made me want to take the course even more. If what they were saying was true, this program was exactly the thing I needed to get out of my job and on an actual path towards my goals. But I wanted some stories or reviews that were not on the Friends in Film website.
I only found one other review (it gives a great overview of the program; I recommend it if you’re considering signing up). Basically, the author said the program seemed to work, but she had to drop out before she could finish it.
Despite my reservations, something kept telling me I needed to go for it. So I did. And it is definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made for my career so far.
First of all, from what I’ve experienced and read from fellow Friends in Films course-mates, the methods do work. Janet has worked in the industry for many years (and is very successful herself). She knows where to find jobs, the steps it takes to get those jobs, how to act on set and what to say to potential contacts. Her methods work even in Oklahoma, where I thought there was little filming going on (I was wrong). If they work here I imagine they’ll work wherever you live.
I think my favorite part of the program, however, is how she not only on helps you advance your career, but also helps you become your best self in every aspect of your life. She is encouraging and uplifting and also teaches you how to develop a mindset that will set you up for life-long success.
As with any kind of training you do, what you put into it is what you’ll get out of it. It took me about 6 months to find my first gig. But part of that was because I took two months off to prepare for “Evil Dead the Musical,” because I let my shy nature hold me back a bit, and because two of the gigs I had found in September fell through.
When you sign up for the course, you also get access to the program’s Yammer page. This allows you to talk to other people going through the course, people who have finished the course, and Janet herself. It is great for getting feedback (on things like your resume or cover letters) and encouragement from people who have once been where you are.
This program has given me a newfound hope for my future. It has laid out a path for me (that has very practical, doable steps) that I probably would have never found on my own. I feel like my goals are in reach instead of a pie-in-the-sky thing that I would never achieve.
So if you are a writer, actor, director, or anyone who wants a career in film, I highly recommend this program. Yes, it is pricey, but it is a worthwhile investment in your future. And it is definitely a faster route towards my dreams than if I had just kept trying (poorly) on my own.
For more information, go to friendsinfilm.com.