On February 8, the DGA Special Projects Committee launched a series of four seminars: Getting the Directing Job in Episodic TV, with the assistance of an Advisory Committee comprised of experienced Episodic Directors. The seminars are designed to provide attendees with the tools to pursue directing jobs in episodic series.
Guild members gathered in the Boardroom of the Los Angeles Headquarters for the first seminar entitled Getting the Directing Job in Episodic TV: The Preliminaries, with presentations by career coach and former episodic director Art Dielhenn (Head of the Class; Sister, Sister) and Dr. Philip Pierce, a clinical psychologist specializing in helping entertainment industry professionals manage stress and other issues that can hinder creative pursuits. In this session, moderated by director and Episodic Career Advisory Committee member Jon Amiel (The Borgias, Once Upon a Time), Dielhenn and Pierce covered such topics as how to view your career as a business and maintain a strong network of advocates, as well as how to manage fear and anxiety to remain objective, be effective, and present yourself optimally.
Episodic Career Advisory Committee:
Oz Scott, Chair; Jon Amiel, Karen Gaviola, Todd Holland, Lesli Linka Glatter, Bethany Rooney, Millicent Shelton.