By JIM FABIO - It was a real pleasure getting to work with Judd Apatow, Rob Riggle, and so many talented vets who helped bring my PSA concept to life, and I’m grateful to VFT and Easter Seals for the opportunity to stretch my creative wings into the short-form ad production world.
By LYNELLE WHITE - I get the question a lot. How did you go from being an Air Force pilot to being a television writer? It seems like a huge leap to people. Even my own mother, looks at me with a quizzical eye since I made the career switch. I think she thinks it’s some sort of mid-life crisis. But just how did I become a staff writer on ARMY WIVES? Well, to be honest, it was one of those “happy accidents.”
By STEPHANIE SANCHEZ - You finally got your big chance! You let ’er rip in the audition room! You feel great about your performance . . . and . . . you . . . wait . . . This is what happens in this biz. Most of the time, you hear nothing back from your auditions, unless you get a callback or book the part. But rarely does anyone call you to say that you did not get the part.. So how do you keep on trucking with such frequent letdowns?
By JOEL LAMBERT - I've been starting to have some successes in the last few years...after being in LA six years, it's all starting to come together. I have my own international show on Discovery Channel that's rating very well and we're just about to go into the second season, among other things, like a part in Clint Eastwood's new film starring Bradley Cooper...but let me back up a minute. A couple of years ago, around April of 2012, one of my friends and
BY CHRISTOPHER ALLEN - I served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller. Upon the end of my first term I had a decision to make. I could either continue on my career path or I could risk my stability, comfort, and job security to pursue a career as an actor. It didn't make sense at the time because I had no previous desire to become an actor nor did I have a childhood
BY KEVIN RESNICK - I want to express my deep gratitude and thanks to Veterans in Film & Television (VFT) for paving the way for my shadowing experience on the ABC Comedy show, The Neighbors. ABC crafted a test outreach program for Veterans interested in careers as TV comedy directors. The opportunity would be for someone to shadow the director during production of
BY REBECCA MURGA - One of my favorite quotes is from the philosopher Seneca who said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” I just wanted to use this blog to thank VFT for the preparation, and to thank ABC for the opportunity. I’ll be the first to admit I was damn lucky to be one of five veterans selected for ABCs “Home for the Holidays” campaign. The whole thing
BY TJ BRADY - There is no map to success in the entertainment business. For military vets, that’s a tough reality to accept. I know it was tough for me. When I left the Army in early 2001, I wanted to write for film and television. Problem was, I had no idea how to get there. As an Armor Officer (a tanker, for you non-Army vets), I was used to plotting out a defined route to my objective. I’d set checkpoints along that route to make sure I was headed in the right direction. It worked for me in uniform, so I thought the same process would get
BY GREG BISHOP - This week Fox Television will premiere "Enlisted" their new "workplace comedy" about three brothers serving in an Army Rear Detachment unit. We served as their lead consultants on the show, not including the pilot episode. When the producers called us, we were familiar with the project, but we had big concerns about associating our brand with a military comedy during a time of war. We knew service members' and Veterans' first impressions would skew toward the negative. To us, this was a virtual business