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Why Atlanta Film and TV?

Updated: Mar 10, 2023

Atlanta Film and TV's CEO and Founder, and Entertainment Journalist, Mandisa A. Johnson, M.S., M.F.A

We wanted to share a background information about how and why we started Atlanta Film and TV.

Background on How Atlanta Film and TV started.

Atlanta Film and TV first launched at the tail end of my Creative Writing MFA program in October 2016 because there was a void in the Atlanta market of not giving information to those looking to pursue a career in film and TV. I published a few blogs here and there, eventually letting Atlanta Film and TV go. In January 2019, we repurchased Atlanta Film and TV’s domain and recreated the website. We intended to write and publish informative blogs to assist those looking to break into film and television here in Atlanta. Once the shutdown happened, Atlanta Film and TV experienced a shift. We went from sending our interviewees questions via email to conducting interviews virtually for our conversations with Atlanta Movers and Shakers series. We also began hosting virtual and in-person networking events and creating and teaching workshops to consult with clients.

What is Atlanta Film and TV's Mission?

We started Atlanta Film and TV to serve, empower, engage and educate those that are a part of or looking to become involved in the Atlanta Film and TV Community.

Event Flyer for our first in-person networking Mixer at XCreative Spaces in Edgewood

Atlanta Film and TV's SOLD OUT Creative Juices Networking Mixer, June, 2021

Atlanta Film and TV's SOLD OUT Networking Mixer at the Vibrary Wine and Bookbar, July, 2022

"People often mistake us to be a casting company or a talent agency. We are also mistaken for assisting those looking to break into film and TV, whether it's the acting or crew side. These are things that we are not and do not provide. However, we are an educational platform that writes and shares informative blogs and hosts networking events and workshops."

- Mandisa A. Johnson, M.S., M.F.A.

Carol Shaginaw of Carol Shaginaw Talent consulting with one of our first 15 registrants at our Saturday Night Vibes Networking Mixer at The Vibrary Wine and Bookbar

Here's a piece of advice for those looking to break into the Entertainment Industry

To be successful in the Entertainment Industry, you will have to be resilient because you will hear plenty of ‘no's before you get your first ‘yes.' You will have to prove yourself by working hard and networking. Working hard means you will have to start from the bottom and work your way up. There is a quote from DeVon Franklin's Hollywood Commandments: A Spiritual Guide to Success that says,

Success is not an elevator. It's a staircase. That means there are no shortcuts.'' p. 76

Nothing happens overnight, so enjoy each moment of your journey to success.'

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