Got my start in the film industry at 22, at Hess Newmark Owens Wolfe, a (now former) publicity firm based in Chicago, which was outsourced by a number of film studios in Los Angeles. Assigned to the New Line Cinema and Universal Pictures accounts, responsibilities were to work with a small team to conceive and execute multi-media publicity campaigns for each film released by the studios that included television, radio, newspaper, and magazine, as well as critics screenings and staged, city and tri-state area events.
At 24, moved to Los Angeles to work for an agent at the William Morris Agency (now William Morris-Endeavor) where I got a survival crash-course in the Hollywood m.o., vernacular, and realities. Though it was one of the most challenging times in my life, I wouldn't trade my year there for anything. Working for a Hollywood agency is better than ANY grad-school, if your aim is to enter the film industry in any/all facets.
After WMA, l went to work exclusively for a well-established writer/director, whom I still work for today. The amount of knowledge I've gained from working first-hand with him could fill volumes.
In the (hopefully) near future, I hope to gain representation by way of writing and transition into directing as well.