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Shawn Tolleson

About Shawn Tolleson

Shawn Tolleson gives you the practical tools you need to accomplish your dream career. She is the premiere career coach for entertainment industry professionals of all disciplines. She has coached actors from being on the outside of the industry, looking for a “break,” to being working professionals who book TV, film and commercials regularly and earn six figures as an actor. She has coached writers to landing TV staff writing jobs, directors to attaching star actors to their projects, and producers to securing financing for their projects. Recently, her clients have booked jobs working with James Franco, Julia Roberts, Tarsem, Peter Berg, Ray Liotta, Jay Mohr and on shows for AMC, TNT, Discovery, USA, ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, and more. Her entertainment industry career includes climbing the ladder from PA to producer of commercials, music videos and high fashion stills, working with some of the biggest names in the industry including the Rolling Stones, Jennifer Aniston, Steven Meisel and Gwen Stefani on 100+ projects. As a filmmaker, she’s sold a pitch to Warner Bros., directed acclaimed theatre, won a screenwriting contest, attached A-list talent to her projects, and seen her films play around the world in film festivals. She brings her real-world experience to her work with her coaching clients. www.entertainmentcareerstrategy.com.

Dream Career Toolkit: How To Work A Film Festival

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! This time of year is always great for me.  It’s the time of year when I celebrate both my birthday and my anniversary.  I met my husband at the LA Film Festival back when it was the LA Independent Film Festival...

Dream Career Toolkit: The Power of Being a “Yes”

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Have you ever noticed that some people are naturally either a “yes” or a “no?”  I don’t mean that their answer to your question will always be “yes.”  What I mean is, whatever the answer, with some people we feel positive...

Specificity Wins: The Key to Getting What You Want

Specific:  free from ambiguity If you’re a writer, you know that a generic character is not someone the audience will root for.  If you’re an actor, you know that vague, muddy choices do not make for compelling acting.  In all things in life, the more specific you are, the more likely...

The 5 Keys to Being Unstoppable in Your Screenwriting Career

By Shawn Tolleson, Career Coach You know what it feels like to be unstoppable in you career. Everything is clicking. Your hard work is paying off. You make new relationships almost effortlessly. People return your calls, and they do it quickly! Instead of putting 100 (phone calls, submissions, emails, etc.) out...