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Groundlings Gives Back! Groundlings Partners with VFT to Offer Improv Classes to Veterans

By SARAH SERRANO - The renowned Groundlings School and writer/comedian and Marine Corps veteran Guy Stevenson have so far provided over 50 VFT members with improv classses. Attending VFT members ranged from actors and writers to production crew and directors. We sat down with Guy to pick his brain about comedy, the military, and the difference between civilians and veterans... (read more)

Post Date: Thursday October 08, 2015
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Partnerships with Veterans in Film and Television Vamp Up Opportunities for Veterans

By SARAH SERRANO - This year has been a non-stop growth spurt for the 501(c)3 non-profit, Veterans in Film and Television (“VFT”). There are a ton of exciting developments in the works thanks to some very interested parties who want to work with VFT. We sat down with about a dozen companies, organizations, major studios, publication companies, and industry executives to plant seeds for veteran initiatives, programs and press. The receptiveness of these initiatives is proof that 2015 is one of the most pivotal times for VFT, with no signs of slowing down.... (read more)

Post Date: Tuesday July 07, 2015

Easter Seals PSA in Partnership with VFT

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.... (read more)

Post Date: Saturday June 13, 2015
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VFT and American Sniper

By BRIAN MCLAUGHLIN - American Sniper is an upcoming film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper. It is based on Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's autobiography of the same name. Five VFT members were cast in the film. Here are some comments they shared about being cast and the overall experience.... (read more)

Post Date: Tuesday November 11, 2014
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From Marine Infantry To Stand-Up Comedy

By JAMES P. CONNOLLY - Over the years I have raised thousands of dollars for deserving organizations including many Veterans Groups. I have had the honor of going overseas to entertain troops in the Middle East and nothing has been more rewarding. Continuing the tradition, I am producing my 5th Annual “Cocktails & Camouflage” Veterans Day Comedy Benefit Show Thursday Nov 6th at Flappers Comedy Club, Burbank CA with 100% of the proceeds going to the VFT. ... (read more)

Post Date: Tuesday October 21, 2014
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Happy Accidents

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.”... (read more)

Post Date: Wednesday October 15, 2014
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The Making of Fort Bliss

By MIKE HARDY - Thinking back on being the associate producer of the independent film Fort Bliss, my conclusion remains this – we veterans have a distinct advantage in filmmaking. All we need is the commander’s intent – be that from our director, producer, line producer, key grip or whomever – the basic requisite skills for our jobs and the chance to prove ourselves and we vets will always take the hill. We will always accomplish the mission.... (read more)

Post Date: Wednesday September 10, 2014
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Forward March!

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?... (read more)

Post Date: Wednesday August 27, 2014
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My Big Break into a Broadway Tour

By MAX THAYER - Veterans in Film and Television (VFT) has turned my acting career around and brought it into the 21st Century with astounding results. It's culminated with me being cast as the Narrator in "A Christmas Story," set for a mid-west tour this holiday... (read more)

Post Date: Friday August 22, 2014
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A SEAL's Method of Combating Stress

By MIKAL VEGA - I have always been team-oriented. I firmly believe that forming the close-knit team I have today is the reason I have been propelled so rapidly towards the manifestation of my dreams. Developing the art of stress mitigation has been critical in my growth as a performer. Stress is the heat generated through friction against the walls of our comfort zones and is inversely... (read more)

Post Date: Monday July 07, 2014