Greg Contaldi Gives Advice to Aspiring Producers
Showbiz Cheat Sheet spoke with Bromance creator Greg Contaldi about his show and experience in the entertainment industry. Here’s the advice he gives to budding producers.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: How did you get your start in the entertainment industry?
George Contaldi: I’ve been at The Dr. Oz Show since I graduated from college in 2017. I began at the show as a receptionist. This role slowly grew into a reception/executive assistant position. I then served as a production assistant for two years and I became an associate producer this past season.
Always be willing to lend a hand and donate your time. Don’t be turned off by an unpaid internship. You may not be getting paid monetarily, but you are getting paid by gaining experience, growing your knowledge, and building connections. I’ve had my fair share of unpaid internships and some of them already paid off. Others may pay off later down the road.
CS: What advice would you give to aspiring TV producers?
GC: I’m still very new to this industry and continually learning the ins and outs of it myself. It’s a process and I know there is still so much to learn. Looking back on these past few years, internships stand out with key importance.
If you’re a student in college, you have to be doing stuff outside of school. I went to my dream school and learned immensely about the entertainment business and producing. But colleges aren’t hiring you after graduation. You need to apply what you’re learning in school no matter what field you’re trying to get into.
CS: What did you learn from producing ‘Bromance’?
GC: I’ve learned so much working on this series. It’s exciting to sit back now and look at it as a whole and see how much it has evolved from start to finish. We learn from our mistakes each year and are better able to tackle our problems as they arise. We even made mistakes this season. We’re better filmmakers because of it.
Don’t be afraid to create your own opportunities. Don’t do what people are telling you to do. Do what you think is right and find a project that speaks to you. Make the movie you want to watch, the podcast you want to listen to, and the series you want to binge.
CS: What is ‘Bromance’ about?
GC: Bromance is a buddy comedy about three guys (Charlie, Jude, and Eddie) who become best friends after meeting as extras on the set of the low-budget remake of Saturday Night Fever. The series follows the highs and lows of newcomers trying to make it in the entertainment industry.
Now, in season three, the trio finds themselves engulfed in a mafia conspiracy after it is discovered the mob is using the film to funnel money. A bizarre turn leads to everything from murder, corruption, and an FBI Investigation.
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