35 episodes

Helping emerging filmmakers become working directors faster. This weekly podcast will ask filmmakers the tough questions and offer guidance every step of the way with one goal in mind: help you make a living doing what you love, directing.

For even more help expanding your directing career, visit TheWorkingDirector.Pro. There you can apply to be in our accelerator that helps you go from where you currently are to where you want to be; as well as, join our free private FB group.

Hosted by director Jenn Page.

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    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 50 Ratings

Helping emerging filmmakers become working directors faster. This weekly podcast will ask filmmakers the tough questions and offer guidance every step of the way with one goal in mind: help you make a living doing what you love, directing.

For even more help expanding your directing career, visit TheWorkingDirector.Pro. There you can apply to be in our accelerator that helps you go from where you currently are to where you want to be; as well as, join our free private FB group.

Hosted by director Jenn Page.

    034: What Is Script Coverage & Why Is It Important? (with Writer Heather Ostrove)

    034: What Is Script Coverage & Why Is It Important? (with Writer Heather Ostrove)

    What is script coverage and why is it so important? When should you even send your script for coverage? How do you build out character breakdowns or break out your script's story? We'll get into all that on this episode with writer Heather Ostrove.

    (Episode 34)

    Hosted by Director/Producer Jenn Page.

    To join our private FB group for directors, or to learn about The Working Director accelerator that helps emerging filmmakers become working directors faster, visit TheWorkingDirector.Pro.

    More on Heather:

    Screenwriter Heather Ostrove has written projects for numerous  production companies and studios, including Crypt TV, Netflix, and  Cre8tive Consortium. Specializing in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror.  Heather focuses on female protagonists who deal with real-life struggles  while facing out-of-this-world situations! Her scripts have received multiple 8s on the Black List and won/placed in the Austin Film  Festival, the Creative World Awards, and the PAGE Awards. Originally  from Silver Spring, Maryland, Heather moved to Los Angeles to earn her  MFA in filmmaking. After graduating, she gained experience in  post-production, coordinating and editing EPK packages and marketing  featurettes for feature films, including the Academy Award winning “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Anna Karenina,” and “Moonrise Kingdom.” As a writer at Breakdown Services, Heather read countless scripts and wrote detailed character breakdowns for the project’s Casting Director. With an innate understanding of structure, tone, and character, Heather  provides detailed and invaluable coverage services to both production  companies and writers!

    Coverfly Profile

    Website - Click here to hire Heather for Coverage




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    • 22 min
    033: How Do You Prep As A Director? (With Filmmaker Soma Helmi)

    033: How Do You Prep As A Director? (With Filmmaker Soma Helmi)

    How do you shot list? How do you breakdown character arcs? How do you prep with your DP and department heads? Those questions and more will be answered on this episode with filmmaker Soma Helmi as we talk all things director prep!

    (Episode 33)

    Hosted by Director/Producer Jenn Page.

    To join our private FB group for directors, or to learn about The Working Director accelerator that helps emerging filmmakers become working directors faster, visit TheWorkingDirector.Pro.



    More on Soma:
    Born to an Indonesian father and a Polish mother, Soma Helmi hails from Bali and directed all 20 episodes of Season 3 of Snapchat‘s original series The Dead Girls Detective Agency. The series is produced by Keshet Media and Insurrection Media.

    She worked frequently with Catherine Hardwicke as a creative consultant. Soma most recently consulted for Ms. Hardwicke on her feature Mafia Mamma (2022) for Bleecker Street and as a creative consultant on her Quibi Series Don’t Look Deeper. Soma’s work has screened at Sundance, Hollyshorts, Outfest and Amazon’s New Voices Film Festival among many others.

    Soma began her career working as an Art Director for J. Walter Thompson in Jakarta, where her clients were Unilever and Pfizer. She would go on to direct commercial spots for Google, Klondike, Nike, Chevrolet, and Campbell’s.

    She is a 2021 Paramount Viewfinder Directors Program fellow and was named one of the “8 directors to watch” by Alliance of Women Directors. Soma is on the 2021 CAPE List x Blacklist and created Blackmagic Collective’s Breakthrough Initiative for BIPOC TV writers and directors.

    Instagram: @SomaHelmi

    Website: somahelmi.com


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    • 27 min
    032: How Do You Get Your First Feature Film (with Filmmaker Kristin Fairweather)

    032: How Do You Get Your First Feature Film (with Filmmaker Kristin Fairweather)

    How do you get your first feature film? How do you nurture relationships to get the first (and the second...and third...and fourth...)? How does social media come in to play for all of it? And so much more! Filmmaker Kristin Fairweather is fresh off her 5th feature and we are going to share how she got her films so you can start getting yours!

    (Episode 32)

    Hosted by Director/Producer Jenn Page.

    To join our private FB group for directors, or to learn about The Working Director accelerator that helps emerging filmmakers become working directors faster, visit TheWorkingDirector.Pro.

    More on Kristin:

    Kristin Fairweather is an award-winning, independent filmmaker whose experience in politics, advocacy, and women’s empowerment creates a unique lens for her critically-acclaimed work.

    Kristin holds a Master’s degree in Politics from University of Pennsylvania and served as a senior campaign strategist and Gubernatorial appointee.  She is an avid supporter of the nationally recognized Girls on the Run program and other initiatives promoting equity and inclusivity. This background informs Kristin’s cinematic perspective as an accomplished director, writer, and producer of successful film, television, and commercial work.

    Kristin is currently in development on a documentary feature “Breathing Underwater: America’s Invisible Women”, which was a finalist for the ScreenCraft Film Fellowship.  She has directed five features, most recently “Infamously in Love”, now playing on UPtv. In addition to her directing work, Kristin produced three critically-acclaimed independent films.

    Kristin was selected by Sony Pictures as one of the first filmmakers in their Sony Alpha Female Creative Residency. She was also a shadowing director on Fox’s “911” during her fellowship in Ryan Murphy’s HALF directing program. Additionally, Kristin has directed several short films and high-profile commercials. Kristin's award-winning short film “Grace” premiered at HollyShorts and went on to play at film festivals across the country. Her work has been supported by Tribeca, Film Independent, IFP, Sony and Netflix Find Your Voice.

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    • 32 min
    031: How do you overcome overwhelm and burnout?

    031: How do you overcome overwhelm and burnout?

    Overwhelm and burnout can make you quit things you love, have full mental breakdowns on those you love, and even make you literally sick. How can you avoid it and be more productive?

    In this first solo episode with your host Jenn Page, she'll give you some tips and tricks to overcome it all.

    Hosted by Director/Producer Jenn Page.

    To join our private FB group for directors, or to learn about The Working Director accelerator that helps emerging filmmakers become working directors faster, visit TheWorkingDirector.Pro.


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    • 12 min
    030: How Can Working With a Music Supervisor Level Up Your Film? (with Music Supervisor Jennifer Smith)

    030: How Can Working With a Music Supervisor Level Up Your Film? (with Music Supervisor Jennifer Smith)

    What is a music supervisor and how would working with one level up your film? How do you know a music supervisor would be helpful for your project? How do you know WHICH supervisor is right for your project?

    We learn that and SO much more in this episode of The Working Director with music supervisor Jennifer Smith.

    Hosted by Director/Producer Jenn Page.

    To join our private FB group for directors, or to learn about The Working Director accelerator that helps emerging filmmakers become working directors faster, visit TheWorkingDirector.Pro.

    Petition to help Music Supervisors go union: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-the-amptp-to-recognize-music-supervisors-union/

    Jennifer Smith is a Los Angeles-based music supervisor who has worked in the film / tv / media industry for over a decade. She started her career as part of the music teams for major network shows such as Dancing With The Stars (ABC), The Ellen Degeneres Show (WB), and America’s Best Dance Crew (MTV). Her love of music and the exploding media landscape guided her to join the Kobalt Music synchronization team to creatively pitch and clear music with networks, studios, music supervisors, production companies, and new media companies. Her time at Kobalt gave her extensive and broad experience in the synchronization world, dealing with all stakeholders in the creative and business process including record labels, songwriters, producers, musicians, managers, and marketing teams. After seven years at Kobalt, Jennifer went back to her first love of content and storytelling and joined the music team on ABC’s reboot of American Idol. After that show’s first season, she was inspired in 2018 to launch her own music supervision company, “Rat Dance Party.” Rat Dance Party specializes in Film, TV (scripted and non-scripted), and new media (especially podcasts). With Rat Dance Party Jennifer has worked on projects produced by Showtime, Netflix, Viacom, Shorts TV, Amazon, Pluto TV, NBC, Voltage Pictures, Indican Productions, and many more. She recently worked on Season 2 of “Why Women Kill” (CBS), MTV Cribs (Paramount+), Netflix’s “Deadly Illusions” and is currently working on the documentary “Proud In A Pandemic,” “Behind The Music”, “Hollow’s Bend: The Radio Play” and many other upcoming projects. Recently elected to the Board of the Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS), Jennifer is also a member of the Television Academy, Women In Film, Women In Media, Women In Music, and the Recording Academy. She is also one of the organizing members of the union efforts.


    Website: https://linktr.ee/Ratdanceparty


    IG: @rat_dance_party


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    • 21 min
    029: How can understanding your birth chart help you succeed as a director? (with Author/Coach Bonnie Gillespie)

    029: How can understanding your birth chart help you succeed as a director? (with Author/Coach Bonnie Gillespie)

    This is not our typical deep dive into the craft or biz of directing, but it just might help you be more successful in both! 

    How can knowing about your birth chart and all that goes with it help your film career? How can you take a little more control in circumstances that you usually have little control? Open your mind and you might get something really cool from this episode.

    Author and Coach Bonnie Gillespie tells us about her new company Chart Harmony and how it's been helping creatives like you thrive in Hollywood. We'll also dig into my chart a bit so I'm keeping on my promises about getting more personal in the podcast.

    Hosted by Director/Producer Jenn Page.

    To join our private FB group for directors, or to learn about The Working Director accelerator that helps emerging filmmakers become working directors faster, visit TheWorkingDirector.Pro.


    Bonnie Gillespie is living her dreams by helping others figure out how to live theirs. As a weekly columnist, she began demystifying the casting process for actors in 1999. Her most popular book is Self-Management for Actors, the curriculum upon which much of her teaching is based. As a producer and Emmy-honored casting director, Bonnie specializes in indie darlings. Whether casting, coaching, or exploring the woo as The Astrologer's Daughter, she is passionate about leaving this world better than she found it. Bonnie lives by the beach on unceded ancestral Tongva land with her partner, Keith Johnson, the luckiest man in the world.

    Check out everything Bonnie has to offer to help you succeed in this biz by visiting: bonniegillespie.com
    Their flagship program that will help you have a kick ass next year: Get in Gear for the Next Tier will kick off early next year.

    To learn more about and/or get your chart done check out: chartharmony.com

    IG: @Bonnie.Gillespie / @ChartHarmony

    #CreatingTheHollywoodWeWant




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    • 24 min

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