I was given to opportunity to attend PA 101 training at Sony which has opened many doors for me. The training taught me industry terminology, negotiation techniques, and most of all how to approach colleagues the right way. I took what I learned, networked, leveraged my current skill set and started my own adventure sports film company. Now I am on track to do some awesome stuff.
I was able to book this project with ANTM and work with amazing fellow veterans, the wonderful models for this season, as well as some of the top fashion and modeling industry experts. I had a blast being a part of this project and was honored to represent the Army and VFT!
I received a Veteran Scholarship to attend the Lincoln Center's Summer Forum on Sports and Imaginative Thinking. VFT member Ed Walsh serves as LCE's Veteran and Community Relations Manager and shared the opportunity with our VFT network. As the only veteran and film producer present it was a fascinating chance to collaborate with teaching artists and apply my experience to the Lincoln Center Education model.
I secured further work on productions as a Production Assistant. VFT offered the PA Workshop at Sony Pictures and I was able to attend. My employer at the time let me off set for the workshop and when I returned my performance dramatically improved. I shared the knowledge with other PAs as well. By the end of the shoot I had become the "go-to" PA and earned the endearing term "Gunny" by the cast and crew.
I learned of mentorships for veterans through American Corporate Partners (http://www.acp-usa.org/). I have now been assigned a VP of HR at Gannett as a mentor and am hugely excited about learning from her. Thanks again VFT!
I am interning as a Production Assistant at a commercial production company in Santa Monica: Tool of North America. I've worked three years as a FreeLancer and attended school. Because of VFT, I was able to meet be interview with Tool of North America and recieved the opportunity to do work from pre-production to production. As well, to gain work opportunities with other production teams & learn to become an AD.
I recently worked on an awesome project (which I can't say because of NDAs, which will air later on this year) that I had a blast on, and made some new friends, and industry connections. Being chosen to represent VFT has and will always be an honor. Not only do you keep gaining experience in your craft, but you also open, and help keep open to doors to this industry for your fellow veterans.
I have been given many opportunities to work on crews, act, and attend valuable workshops. I recently worked on a photo shoot for Danner Boots, and will be attending the Writers Guild Foundation's 2015 Veterans Writing Retreat. I really appreciate VFT's hard work and profesionalism at connecting vets with the industry.
I was provided the opportunity to be featured in a PSA for the Got Your 6 campaign. It was my first time being cast in a PSA, and the professionalism and camaraderie of the other VFT members present set a wonderful precedent for working in the entertainment industry in the future. After this wonderful experience, I'm looking forward to the next opportunity!
I landed one of the biggest roles of my young career, that ANY actor would love to have. After pursuing my dream of acting full-time for two and a half years, I landed a supporting role on a major motion picture directed by Academy Award Winning Director Ang Lee. For 23 days I took on the role of Major Mac and without VFT booking the role would never have happened.