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Unflinching Determination

BY MICHAEL MORIATIS - I am a 20-year vet of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy with more than five years active service in the Air Force and the remainder in the Navy Reserve. Like a good portion of people in the military, I enlisted at 18 right out of high school, with the intention of spending 30 years in the service... (read more)

Post Date: Sunday February 23, 2014
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VFT and Studio Partnerships: Dreamworks Animation

BY TIM NORMAN - Among the many successes VFT and its membership have experienced on set, in front of, and behind the camera, VFT members also met other professional success with its entertainment and studio partners. At Dreamworks... (read more)

Post Date: Monday February 03, 2014
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From Military Green to Stage and Screen

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... (read more)

Post Date: Tuesday January 28, 2014
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Bringing a Shadow Program to Light

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... (read more)

Post Date: Thursday January 23, 2014
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When preparation meets opportunity

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... (read more)

Post Date: Monday January 20, 2014
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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... (read more)

Post Date: Thursday January 16, 2014
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From Small Town to the Open Sea to Hollywood

BY JENNIFER MARSHALL - Growing up in a tiny one-stoplight town, it was no surprise that I jumped at the chance to “Join the Navy and see the world!”I left for boot camp soon after high school graduation and spent my 18th birthday there. During my five year enlistment, I served on San Nicolas Island (the most remote of California’s Channel Islands) and the USS Roosevelt, serving on the ship’s Security... (read more)

Post Date: Tuesday January 14, 2014
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BY THOM TRAN - How many times have you left an audition thinking, “I nailed it!” and then not gotten a call back. Or went into a pitch meeting and heard, “It’s a great idea! But not for us.” Probably 99 out of 100 times? Maybe 106 out of 100 times? That’s not bad math, I’ve actually heard ‘no’ more than once per instance. And you have too. But we’re still here, and we’re still trying to make these... (read more)

Post Date: Friday January 10, 2014
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Musa on Fox's "Enlisted"

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... (read more)

Post Date: Monday January 06, 2014
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The Technical Advising of Lone Survivor

BY MARK SEMOS - Lone Survivor is a work of unique filmmaking, and tells a true story born in the harrowing perseverance and teamwork of the nation's most reticent heroes. The concentration of emotion and passion born out of Operation Redwings resides daily in the hearts and minds of the family and friends who survive the fallen. For the families and teammates impacted by the operation... (read more)

Post Date: Friday January 03, 2014