Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pink Sneakers Offers Full Sail Students a Huge Opportunity to Pitch a TV Show!

Think you have a great idea for a reality show?

Join us for the first

This is your opportunity to present your ideas to top production executives working with the hottest networks such as MTV, Bravo, CMT, TLC and VH1! Each idea that progresses to a development agreement will be compensated with $500.00 and $5,000.00 for any idea that makes it to a television series!

This opportunity is exclusively for Full Sail students and alumni. An executed submission release form is required as well as a one page treatment prior to the pitch session – see Full Sail website or email ktrudeau@fullsail.com for more information.

Pink Sneakers Productions, located in Orlando, Florida, is a one-stop, all-inclusive production company creating entertaining, high-quality programming. Whatever the project is we embrace a distinctive storytelling style that allows characters to tell their stories in their own unique voices. From music and pop culture to medicine and health, and everything in between, we have the exceptional ability to capture incredible stories while consistently delivering high ratings for networks such as Bravo, VH1, MTV, TLC, CMT and ABC. Here at Pink Sneakers you won’t find suits, ties or TPS reports, but you will find a production team with a passion for producing entertaining, innovative, original programming. Pink Sneakers projects include: Miami Social, Brooke Knows Best, Truth Be Told, Luke's Parental Advisory, My Big Redneck Wedding, Hogan Knows Best, True Life, I Want a Famous Face, Cribs, Tiara Girls, My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding and Britney Spears In the Zone

If you are interested in more information about Pink Sneakers Productions, please visit our website at www.pinksneakers.net

If you would like to be considered for an internship or employment position, please send your resume to: hr@pinksneakers.net

Pink Sneakers Productions
1000 Colour Place, Apopka, FL 32703

Friday, November 13, 2009

Eat Your Pride and Keep Quiet if you want to Stay Employed

This may come as a shock to those fresh out of film and TV school, but it is what I've learned. The entertainment industry attracts two types of people: creative people and people with low self esteem. Creative people are great to work with. They are passionate, smart, fun, open minded and self assured. People with low self esteem (which most in the entertainment industry are) are nightmares to work with and work for.

I have never allowed myself to be insulted in the entertainment industry without speaking up. I have always talked straight down the barrel of arrogance. Sometimes, I've addressed bad and judgmental attitudes with polite, private meetings - stating my position in kind, but firm terms, and sometimes - depending on how flagrant the person is - I've told him or her to do to themselves what most people want to do to others in the bedroom.

I have no patience for arrogance and thick headed behavior. No one should. However, speaking up will lead to unemployment. Hands down. People in power (simply put, people who sign your paycheck) often cannot handle feedback from their employees. They usually love to dish it, but rarely like to hear it. The funny thing is they also enjoy pretending they have "thick skins", but end up finding ways to sabotage your reputation because they aren't brave enough to address it with the purpose of solving interpersonal issues.

I've seen interns become producers in what seems like months because they will never defend themselves and they will work for half the cost of what a seasoned producer has earned. Fathers would not be proud. It's a common tactic: the use of the inexperienced to avoid having to talk about the best approach to creative a project. Quality is lost, money is wasted, but check signers can feel better about themselves. They get to avoid constructive confrontation and relish in their illusionary power.

So, if you want to sleep at night, stand up for yourself and what you believe in. Just know, you may go to bed hungry. If you want to be able to pay your mortgage, keep quiet. At least there will be food in your fridge. It will make a nice side dish to the pride you'll be eating every day.