Film festival workshop educates attendees on transitioning into entertainment industry

Center for Collaborative JournalismMarch 1, 2014 

Although lightly sprinkled with the expected adages that no employment workshop can avoid, the Moving to Pictures workshop at the ninth annual Macon Film Festival on Saturday morning offered insightful advice that was both practical enough for application and open enough to instill a message.

The workshop was co-hosted by Rebecca Baker, production support and logistics at On Time Travel Resources, and Katie Gathmann, producer at Matchbook Media. Both women had neither formal education nor experience in the film industry when they started a few years ago.

“Never sell yourself short, be open to new ideas, and listen to people that are successful,” said Baker.

They insisted that if one identifies their skill set, learns how to network that skill set, and educates themselves, almost anyone can find work in the entertainment industry, especially in Georgia.

Baker predicted, “the next 10 years in Georgia is going to be off the charts,” in reference to the hubs of film-making that are booming in Atlanta, Savannah and Macon. “It's the Wild West,” said Gathmann, “there's such an opportunity.”

Ryan Walters is an embedded arts journalist with Arts Matters, an arts journalism partnership of Macon Arts Alliance and Mercer’s Center for Collaborative Journalism that seeks to engage the community through embedded arts journalists. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works. Matching funding provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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