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"Don't give them what they want, give them what you are..."

From Veterans in Film & Television's Business of Acting Q & A with David Brandon, Linc Hand, Max Martini, Adam Farabee and Jack Kennedy earlier this week. Written by David Tenenbaum

Moments before a candid Q&A with four talented actors begins, Max Martini tells me he has no interest in sitting on stage in the already and beautifully laid out directors chairs with his colleagues.

Hmm.

I mention he'll have to tussle with the Jason Statham doppleganger and 6' 2" mass of Army veteran and VFT Director of Programs Jack Kennedy to sort it out. Laughs ensue.

But this is Max, Max Martini, the American-Canadian-Euro citizen who has had held some of the most dominant roles in combat films like Saving Private Ryan, Colombiana, Captain Philips, Pacific Rim, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Spectral. No one argued. Did I mention he's also boxed for the past 12 years or so?... (read more)

Post Date: Saturday January 28, 2017
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A candid conversation with Hollywood producer Larry Turman

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Post Date: Saturday January 28, 2017
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Set some Goals for the New Year!

As we say so long to 2016, and get ready to dive into 2017, it’s time to take a moment to focus on your career and how you can take your professional development to the next level in 2017. The new year is the perfect time to outline and plan career-specific goals that will help guide your professional life throughout the coming year.

Whether you are a writer, an actor, a director, writing down goals and sticking to them will help you progress in whatever career track you are on.
Need some helping getting started? Don’t worry — VFT is here to help! Here are a few simple resolutions to help you stay on track in 2017!... (read more)

Post Date: Thursday January 05, 2017
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VFT Supports UNITED WAY HOME WALK

VFT Supports UNITED WAY HOME WALK raising money to prevent homelessness
- by David Tenenbaum

Ask any VFT actor, writer, producer or member about the challenge of finding a fitting place to live in Los Angeles and I assure you, they'll swear that securing billeting was easier while serving in Afghanistan or Iraq. This town's allure of fulfilling creative dreams is met with a competition of limited resources that rivals a single MRE for a hulking, heaving, fresh from the field fire team. Ambition and talent are abundant here...alas, luck and an easy way of life aren't.

It's with both sympathy and empathy then that VFT board members, key staff, and member veterans marched along side about 15,000 at the United Way 2016 Home Walk this last weekend on November 19th in downtown LA. With a noble mission of ending homelessness here in Los Angeles through a variety of permanent housing programs, the nearly $1.5M raised will help some of LA's 47,000 homeless veterans and civilians move off the streets and into fitting homes.... (read more)

Post Date: Tuesday November 29, 2016
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GotYour6 Storytellers event at the Television Academy

By ARNOLD STRONG - I am at a loss at what to say about the extraordinary GotYour6 Storytellers event at the Television Academy other than, “WOW!”... (read more)

Post Date: Thursday November 03, 2016
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Introducing the VFT MasterClass

The VFT Editing Class provides three days of formal Editing Training held at FOX. ... (read more)

Post Date: Thursday July 21, 2016
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VFT’s Role in the 'Military Veterans in Creative Careers' Book and Podcast

By JUSTIN SLOAN - When I first came across VFT, I knew it was love at first sight. It’s an organization that spreads the word about what veterans are doing, hosts networking get-togethers and benefits us in so many other ways.... (read more)

Post Date: Saturday January 23, 2016

Veterans in Film and Television 2015 Year End Review

Coming Soon....... (read more)

Post Date: Tuesday December 29, 2015
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Mattel Matches Studio Donation, Supports Veterans

By SARAH SERRANO - On Veteran’s Day, Mattel Inc. showed its support of veterans by making a generous contribution to 501c3 nonprofit Veterans in Film and Television (“VFT”), which matched one studio's recent donation to help increase VFT’s growth and impact.... (read more)

Post Date: Wednesday November 11, 2015
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Actor, VFT Partner Gary Sinise honored at West Point

By VFT STAFF - Last week, the U.S. Military Academy honored Gary Sinise -- the actor who brought Lt. Dan Taylor to life in “Forrest Gump” and the bass player who has brought the Lt. Dan Band to entertain the troops and their families. Sinise, a longtime troop-supporter and a VFT partner through the Gary Sinise Foundation, received the academy’s annual Thayer Award Thursday.... (read more)

Post Date: Wednesday October 28, 2015

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