An Interview with Adam Chazen

14 12 2009

Me on Web Chat with Adam

Web Chat Snapshot of Adam

Adam at the Grand Canyon!

Adam Chazen was a May 2008 graduate from Rowan and he has been living and working in California for a little while now. He interned at The Onion, was a Production Assistant for Transformers 2 and currently works for Pixomondo in Venice, California. Adam is definitely a man of connections; he has a good network of people to contact and knows how to go about making things happen. That’s the key to success in this business. You can’t afford not to listen to his interview.

My interview with Adam took place through Skype web chat, however, the video could not be recorded. Instead, I collected about 40 minutes of audio and, just as with Tina’s interview, I separated what Adam said into different, condensed segments for you to choose from and listen to as you please.

I hope these three interviews have answered any questions or concerns that you may have had and better prepare you for what lies ahead. Here’s Adam Chazen…

Moving to California:

Time in Between:

The issue of Money:

Places to Live in California:

Work Experience/A Foot in the Door:

It’s all about Connections:

Celebrity Sightings:

Roadtrip Stops:

Jobs from Internships:

Advice for Soon-To-Be Grads:


His mindset at Graduation and Life Post-Grad:

Moving to C.A. vs. Moving from C.A.: (Don’t Burn Bridges!)


Final Project Interview 3 of 3


California dreamin…

10 12 2009

Another post I had promised from the beginning of this blog is one that outlines the best places to visit in California. Here’s what I found…


San Francisco

Los Angeles



San Diego

Hollywood Boulevard

Lake Tahoe

1. San Francisco
2. Los Angeles
3. Disneyland & Universal Studios
4. Napa Valley
5. Santa Monica
6. Sacramento
7. Palm Springs
8. San Diego
9. Hollywood
10. Lake Tahoe

Other places I think of when I think about California are Venice beach and the home of the California redwood trees.

Click the names of destinations to view the source of each image.

California redwoods

California Jobs

20 11 2009

As I previously stated, many TV and film majors from New Jersey or the East coast flock to California after graduation in search of jobs. I started wondering, “What jobs are available in California right now?” I checked and here’s what I found…

North California:
San Francisco

Fully Paid:

Editor at Singularity University, Immediately

TV/Marketing Research Analyst at Ultimate Fighting Championship, ASAP or regular full-time employment

Paid + Lo/No/Deferred:

Commercial Sales Rep at Sway Productions, Now/Ongoing, Low or No Pay

Freelance Video Producers at, Immediately/Ongoing for Low or No Pay

Film Archivist Internship at Oddball Film and Video for 4 months, Low or No pay

Camera Operator at BASEnet, LP. Open Ended position for Low or No Pay

CG Particle Expert at The Velvet Abstract for Max. one month for Low or No Pay

South California:
Los Angeles, Hollywood

243 Results!!!!

Check it out!!!

Jobs include director of photography, stage and operating manager, production designer, paparazzi producer, costume designer, Make-up/special effects, publicity intern, editor, producer, writer, key grip and much much more!!!

If that doesn’t motivate you to want to go to California, I don’t know what will.

14 11 2009

For many New Jersey TV and Film Grads, the big plan is to save up money and road trip to California. My next few posts will be centered more around that theme. I will be posting an interactive post soon in regards to this “big plan” of traveling to Cali so look forward to seeing that. For now, there are two things I would like to share with you; a poll and a video.

The poll is so I can get an idea of what my readers like and where you would like to go, if you were traveling to the west coast. When I’m working on the interactive project, I’ll keep your suggestions in mind. I’d be interested to see what the most preferred or popular travel sites are.

Also, the video I’m about to share with you is made by a production company called Gnarly Bay. This video touched home with me more than words can explain; so much that I shed a tear, to be completely honest. It’s a dream to many to be able to travel, live and film everything along the way so I definitely recommend that you click the link and check it out.

*Watch this wonderful video of traveling, filming and friends after college, made available by and also shown below on YouTube. They are two great sites that anyone can join and post videos to!

I hope you enjoy the video and fill out the poll so we can see the most popular travel destinations!