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BY TJ BRADY - There is no map to success in the entertainment business. For military vets, that’s a tough reality to accept. I know it was tough for me. When I left the Army in early 2001, I wanted to write for film and television. Problem was, I had no idea how to get there. As an Armor Officer (a tanker, for you non-Army vets), I was used to plotting out a defined route to my objective. I’d set checkpoints along that route to make sure I was headed in the right direction. It worked for me in uniform, so I thought the same process would get... (read more)

Post Date: Thursday January 16, 2014
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From Small Town to the Open Sea to Hollywood

BY JENNIFER MARSHALL - Growing up in a tiny one-stoplight town, it was no surprise that I jumped at the chance to “Join the Navy and see the world!”I left for boot camp soon after high school graduation and spent my 18th birthday there. During my five year enlistment, I served on San Nicolas Island (the most remote of California’s Channel Islands) and the USS Roosevelt, serving on the ship’s Security... (read more)

Post Date: Tuesday January 14, 2014
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BY THOM TRAN - How many times have you left an audition thinking, “I nailed it!” and then not gotten a call back. Or went into a pitch meeting and heard, “It’s a great idea! But not for us.” Probably 99 out of 100 times? Maybe 106 out of 100 times? That’s not bad math, I’ve actually heard ‘no’ more than once per instance. And you have too. But we’re still here, and we’re still trying to make these... (read more)

Post Date: Friday January 10, 2014
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Musa on Fox's "Enlisted"

BY GREG BISHOP - This week Fox Television will premiere "Enlisted" their new "workplace comedy" about three brothers serving in an Army Rear Detachment unit. We served as their lead consultants on the show, not including the pilot episode. When the producers called us, we were familiar with the project, but we had big concerns about associating our brand with a military comedy during a time of war. We knew service members' and Veterans' first impressions would skew toward the negative. To us, this was a virtual business... (read more)

Post Date: Monday January 06, 2014
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The Technical Advising of Lone Survivor

BY MARK SEMOS - Lone Survivor is a work of unique filmmaking, and tells a true story born in the harrowing perseverance and teamwork of the nation's most reticent heroes. The concentration of emotion and passion born out of Operation Redwings resides daily in the hearts and minds of the family and friends who survive the fallen. For the families and teammates impacted by the operation... (read more)

Post Date: Friday January 03, 2014
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VFT: 2013 Year in Review

They say making it in the film & television industry is all about ‘who you know.’ The industry may seem vast when you first venture into it, but you realize quickly it is actually quite small and difficult to break in to. And with some experience under the belt, many come to know a singular truth -- you may be “hot” one day, “cold” another, and sometimes completely forgotten about.
So whom you know is important especially if you want to enjoy the ride by building friendships and a strong network of... (read more)

Post Date: Monday December 30, 2013
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VFT Ends 2013 With a Bang!

With not-soon-forgotten events in Los Angeles and New York, VFT was honored to wrap out yet another year full of growth, partnerships, accomplishments, and good times. VFT:LA held it’s 2nd Annual Holiday Gala on Friday Dec. 13th at the historic American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood, CA. The event was sold out; over 200 veterans and guests in attendance and looking sharp. The evening included... (read more)

Post Date: Thursday December 19, 2013
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VFT ‘13 holiday party to be held fri dec 13th in hollywood

Get your snappiest suit or dress ready for action, this will be an affair to remember complete with a delectible dinner, cold drinks, fresh music, epic door prizes, glitzy red carpet step-n-repeat, hilarious stand up comedy, and some very special guests.... (read more)

Post Date: Tuesday December 10, 2013