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NM Film Focus: From Our Own Backyard to the World’s Stage

NM Film Focus: From Our Own Backyard to the World’s Stage

Local Talent and Crew Get Ready for Another Packed Year

On the heels of wrapping the state’s biggest film industry event of the year, 2017 Film & Media Day at the State Legislature, New Mexico’s talent and crew base are ever more emboldened and inspired to tackle the packed spring and summer filming schedule slated for cities across the state.

With all the exciting developments swirling around the local film community comes the responsibility of those already entrenched in the day-to-day work of staffing, supplying and servicing productions to reach out and give a hand up to those with hopes of breaking into the business.

In the many years that I’ve been covering the people who make their way in the industry it is those who enter it with passion, determination and a sense of community who really rise and shine – and last.

It’s no coincidence that more often than not, the orchestra has to play actors off the stage throughout awards season, year after year. Yes, sometimes there is ego at play, sometimes it’s relishing the pulpit earned through years of commitment to one’s craft, but most often the teary acceptance speeches include a list “too long to remember” of those who helped get that artist to that award-winning position.

From managers, coaches, trainers, instructors, agents and entities, no one truly makes it on their own – nor should they have to.

Another common finding among film industry insiders is that many who have once thought themselves alone come to find a sense of belonging and community that they may have never dreamed possible. I can name many friends and associates who count their “film family” chief among their greatest allies and supporters.

Tap into the right introduction to the film business for you by networking with organizations mentioned again and again in my columns, or those referred to by trusted resources – these should have a long-established reputation or standing in the local industry that can be easily verified through a quick Google search or social media mentions. The newly formed collaborative, ShootNM.org is made up of such resources and businesses.

The New Mexico Film Foundation offers year-round opportunities for talent development, from screenwriting to performing, by holding annual events such as the New Mexico Actor Showcase, which spotlights local talent from beginner to intermediate. This year’s showcase will include a 55+ category, keeping pace with the demand for realistic representations of all facets of society.

Also in keeping with the fight for equal and representative portrayals and opportunities in film and media, organizations like New Mexico Women in Film work to foster professional development and achievement of women in media through mentorship, networking and education.

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New Mexico film expert Christa Valdez, of OneHeadlightInk.com and ChristaValdez.com, reports on movie industry news for ABQ Free Press.

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