I saw a lot of guest speakers at ICF. There was at least one each week. They were exciting. I mean we got to listen to someone’s experience firsthand in the film industry. However, there were times when we all just wanted to go home. We were exhausted. The guest speaker presentations were usually at 7pm after a long day of classes or filming. Sometimes we wouldn’t even be at the Lantana offices but we had to make the long trek back to Santa Monica. Still, back then and even now, I was thankful for these folks coming down to share their experiences with us. We would also head out to certain gatherings for mocktails and sandwiches to network. I kept hearing that annoying ass word “networking.” Stephanya would tell us to get everyone’s phone number or email address. She wanted us to make an impression on every person we met. It was hard and a lot of pressure. It made me feel like I couldn’t be myself. I had to be this networker who “wow” everyone.
We had meetings at Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, A&E Networks, Agencies, PR companies, and so on.
What did I get out of all the meet and greets? That is a very good question. I am hoping by the end of Bla Bla Land I can have a good answer to this question.
Here are a few of our guest speakers.