31 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.

The Working Director Jenn Page

    • 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.

    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: @BonnieGillespie / @ChartHarmony

    #CreatingTheHollywoodWeWant




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    • 24 min
    028: VFX Tech - What Do You Need To Know to Direct?

    028: VFX Tech - What Do You Need To Know to Direct?

    Is it your dream to direct on an LED stage (like The Mandalorian)? 

    How do you choose between LED wall and green screen? 

    How do you know what to prep before you go to set? 

    How do you decide the shots you can lose to save money on VFX later? 

    What about using the tech for your driving scenes so you don’t have to take it to the streets? 

    Can all of this help you shoot your low budget sci-fi or make it harder? 

    Let’s talk VFX tech and what you need to know before you get to set. Filmmaker Marco Ragozzino shares his experience working in VFX and how you can make your film happen, even if you don’t have a big budget. More importantly, he’ll share what you need to know to be hired to direct these  VFX shows.

    Those questions and more will be answered on this episode of The Working Director. 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.



    Marco  Ragozzino
    Bitten by the filmmaking bug at an early age, Marco  Ragozzino grew up making all kinds of weird and imaginative short films using whatever tools were available at the time - VHS cameras, scale  models, and classmates willing to lend a hand. From there, Marco went on to study film & animation at the School of Visual Arts in New York  City, eventually relocating to Los Angeles upon graduation.

    His  interest in creating wild and whimsical worlds, in addition to needing a  regular paycheck, led him down the path of Visual Effects production.  He has produced visual effects for sequences in films and TV shows such  as Ready Player One, Men in Black: International, IT: Chapter 2, the  Mandalorian and the upcoming "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" (Warner /  DC) and Slumberland (Netflix). His filmmaking heroes include DIY  mavericks such as Roger Corman, Lloyd Kaufman, and George Lucas.

    Links:

    Website: marcovisionstudios.com

    IG: @marcovisionstudios


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    • 19 min
    027: How Do You Create A #1 Hit Narrative Fiction Podcast Series? (with Filmmaker Jenny Curtis)

    027: How Do You Create A #1 Hit Narrative Fiction Podcast Series? (with Filmmaker Jenny Curtis)

    How do you make a compelling series without any moving images?
    How do you direct name talent like Helen Hunt and Alan Cumming?
    How do you direct a series like this at all?
    How do you use marketing to become number 1 in fiction podcasts?
    Those questions and more will be answered on this episode of The Working Director.
    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.


    Jenny Curtis is a podcast director, producer, host & creator with CurtCo Media. She directed, produced and acted in the hit audio drama SOLAR, which hit #1 in science fiction on the apple charts and amassed over 1 million downloads within three months of release. As host of Hollywood Unscripted, she interviewed such filmmakers and talent as Lee Daniels, Alfred Molina, Julie Taymor, D’Arcy Carden, Chris Columbus, and more. A Moment of Your Time, created by Jenny, provided a platform for contributors around the globe to share daily pieces of creative expression in a celebration of individualism, artistry, and hope.

    She is a company member/Media director with the immersive theater company, The Speakeasy Society. With the company has performed in “The Johnny Cycle”, “The Johnny Cycle: The Living”, “Wild Party”, “Ebenezer: An Immersive Internet Spectacular 2021”.

    Trained with a BFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Jenny is a SAG/AFTRA actress who has appeared in TV and film such as: Modern Family, Any Bullet Will Do opposite Bruce Davison, and Postpartum opposite Danielle Harris (taking home “Best Actress” from The International Horror Hotel Festival). Additionally, Jenny has worked behind the scenes in film, digital, music videos, commercials, animation, theater, and casting.

    Website: Solarthepodcast.com/listen

    Solar Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @solarthepodcast

    Jenny Twitter/Instagram: @thejennycurtis


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    • 27 min
    026: How Do You Get Clients As a Director (with Filmmaker Stacy Singh)

    026: How Do You Get Clients As a Director (with Filmmaker Stacy Singh)

    How do you ditch the horrible feeling of waiting for the phone to ring to be told you've been hired? The best way is to go get your own clients, create your own work, and start getting paid now. Director/Actor Stacy Singh shares how she's been getting clients for herself since she's been Los Angeles.

    To join our next live conversation and get all your questions answered, join our free private FB group by visiting TheWorkingDirector.Pro. You can also apply to join our accelerator that helps directors go from where they currently are to where they want to be.


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    • 22 min
    025: How Do You Get A Director's Agent (with Agent Sara Alexander)

    025: How Do You Get A Director's Agent (with Agent Sara Alexander)

    How do you get repped as a director? What kind of credits are agents looking for? How do you best reach out and keep in touch? How do you know an agent is right for you? How do you know if you are even ready for an agent? Those questions and more will be answered in this live Q&A discussion with director Jenn Page and Agent & Owner of Alexander Creatives Sara Alexander.

    Sara Alexander is the owner of Alexander Creatives, representing artists for film, television, commercials, branded entertainment and new media. Alexander Creatives represents Directors, Producers, and Writers, as well as DPs, Production Designers, Costume Designers, Editors and 1st ADs.

    To join our next live conversation and get all your questions answered, join our free private FB group by visiting TheWorkingDirector.Pro. You can also apply to join our accelerator that helps directors go from where they currently are to where they want to be.


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    • 24 min

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This Will Accelerate Your Career

Love listening to every aspect of the industry. Jenn’s knowledge base will help shave 10 years off your journey to becoming a highly paid and successful director. Lots of great value here.

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Another favorite filmmaking podcast

I listen to a lot of filmmaking podcasts and I was weary to add one to my ever growing list of need-to-listen. However, I was hooked just a few episodes in and now I’ve binge-listened the whole way through. Worth every second!

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Fun and Insightful

Jenn does such a fantastic job of getting great information out of her guests while keeping the conversation lively and positive. This podcast is great for those new to the film industry becuase of all the amazing insight and those of us who have been in it for a while to remember to keep it light. Thanks Jenn!!!