The Business of Hollywood

We believe the more you understand about the business culture of Hollywood, the great, the good, the bad, and the not as good, and you have the tools and understanding to work within, you will have your best chance of living your dream -- both creatively and with success.

Three Reasons So Many Crappy Movies Get Made

A Screenwriter asked me a question the other day that I hear frequently: HOW in the world do so many BAD movies get made?  How…

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Screenplay Contests: Up Your Game With a Win

When Hollywood’s Award Season rolls around, if you’re like most aspiring screenwriters, you can’t help but hope that one day you might be getting some…

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Dismantling Your Limiting Beliefs About a Career as an Actor or Screenwriter in Hollywood

The thought  for today is about how often actors and screenwriters have limiting beliefs around whether they can truly have a successful Hollywood career. And…

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Pushing Through the Stuff in Your Head, Focusing on Your Commitment

Recently, I had planned to give a speech at my Toastmaster’s club (a large, non-profit org for public speaking). I had signed up to repeat…

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Ready To Stretch Yourself?

In crazy times, it seems so often that things get stranger before they get better. And sometimes, in the middle of it, good things happen…

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How To Follow-Up With Someone You Didn’t Get to Meet Personally at A Networking Event

Many actors and screenwriters who are working or aspiring to do so in Hollywood realize that networking is a very important aspect of developing a…

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5 Questions To Assess the The State Of Your Actor Branding

  When you have a strong actor brand, it can be a lot of fun as you find fun ways to express your brand. If…

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Hollywood Business School Podcast

The Hollywood Business School Podcast by Dr. Melody Jackson offers insider tips on the business of Hollywood, focused on acting and screenwriting careers. You’ll learn…

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A Simple Rule for an Actor Brand You Love

Ever feel like you blend in? Like you’re not sure what to do to set yourself apart as an actor in Hollywood? It’s time to Brand…

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