I was selected to write and direct a short film for ABC's "Home for the Holidays" national campaign, as well as selected to participate in the Veterans Writing Program at the Writers Guild Foundation. This has allowed me to meet wonderful mentors in the industry who have helped me as I finish up my feature script and start pre-production on my first feature film.
I can provide professional footage for my acting reel and as a result, I'm receiving quality roles as an actor. Through direct offers from casting directors who hire through the organization, I have obtained consistent work and commendable experience in my field that I was not able to achieve before joining. VFT is the most beneficial program for veterans that I've been a part of! #theVFTmovement
and VFTLA members Jennifer M. Crandell and Jesse Austin, we created 2 special series. "U.S. VETS Interviews" with homeless vets in recovery. The second are 18 interviews about women vets empowerment at the CDVA Women Veterans Leadership Conf. in San Diego. Both made possible because of networking opportunities at VFTLA. We are forever grateful to you for creating this group.
upon signing up I was immediately contacted by an entertainment professional who hired me to do voiceover work for an ongoing TV series. Going to various VFT events, I connected with a plethora of veterans who work in the industry. We plan on ways to work together and be more productive in this career field. I have nothing but positive things to say about VFT and the connections I have made.
I booked my first acting gig in LA, landed two stunt jobs, worked on a PBS series, and got many referrals and recommendations for potential full-time employment, including a recommendation for a super position with a prominent production company. Go VFT!
Finding VFT has been invaluable! I booked my first commercial through them and have since had several other auditions and 2 national callbacks. Their networking and screening events are INCREDIBLE and the extraordinary like minded people I have met every time I have attended has been equally magnificent. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your organization VFT!
worked on the upcoming film Zulu Six. Because of VFT I was able to meet, and connect with Director Jeff Reyes. My role was as zombie, performing stunts was an additional duty in the movie. The set consisted of several veterans from all branches of service. The Industry networking I've created wouldn't have happened without VFT.
and fellow VFT member, Mark Valley: 5 days after moving to Los Angeles, I was able to land my first job in the entertainment industry on an ABC network drama “Body Of Proof”. The connections made on that show and through VFT have launched my career in this industry: effectively turning a dream into a reality.
Within the last few days I've been booked on more 50% more standup shows than ever before, and was asked to perform at CBS Studios for a Celebrity Comedy Night PTSD benefit. I've even gotten multiple crew gigs because of a VFT member posting about a PA gig within the group. Last Fall ('13), I was also featured on The Queen Latifah Show website for a Veteran's Day makeover, which I'd seen through VFT.
I have been able to rally support for organizations like the Gary Sinise Foundation and Habitats for Humanity. As veterans, service is in our blood and I'm thrilled that my fellow VFT members are always willing to step up and lend a hand.