Don’t F#@k It Up: A Study on First Impressions

Jalessa Jones
Columbia Pictures

So, you’ve heard that the film industry runs on connections and referrals, that making friends and fans of your work is the long game that every working writer in Hollywood has to play. Well, that’s all true, but to play the long game, you have to make a good first impression. Everything from the logline to the query email matters when looking to pique someone’s interest, just as the execution of your vision on the page is vital to making that great first impression. But, if you do all that right, then you have to take a meeting, and there’s a whole new kind of first impression you have to make.

Getting dizzy yet? Don’t worry, this 90-min. Webinar with Columbia Pictures Assistant Jalessa Jones is designed to help you navigate the first impressions minefield.

This 90-min. Webinar Will Cover:

  • The channels your work travels through before landing at a Manager's or Executive’s desk 
  • How to make that stellar first impression: logline, query email, etc. 
  • Keeping the pages strong and compelling 
  • Signing Meetings, and how to decide which Agent/Manager is right for you
About Your Host

Jalessa Jones graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a degree in TV Writing and Producing, a dream of one day running a studio, and an impressive amount of student loan debt.

Her first job was that of a freelance reader, digesting so many scripts, and writing so much coverage for an independent producer, that she barely left the little room she rented. She then went on to assist two of the hardest working literary managers in the business at Circle of Confusion.

As fate would have it, that independent producer she so diligently wrote coverage for, was asked to join Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment) as the VP of Production. He wanted her to come with him and help him set up shop; cultivating, and developing the same quality projects, with the same focus on diverse, inclusive perspectives, but on a much grander scale.

She is currently writing this bio from her desk...where she now resides.


What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email, there will be a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to the page containing the recording. Under that link will be the Password you'll need to unlock the page and enjoy!

**If you have any questions or any trouble accessing the recording, email!

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