Kya Koplin

2014 Film Alumna (LA)

  • Program: Film
  • Employer: New Scripted Show on Viceland
  • Position: Writer’s Assistant

Kya’s Story

How did your experience at TFC help you secure your recent position as Writer’s Assistant?

Going to TFC helped me better understand where I wanted to go following college. I never expected to become a writer’s assistant, but because of the classes I had to take I am familiar with the software, Final Draft. If I never used Final Draft the transition would have been harder.

What would you look for if you were in the position to hire new graduates from TFC?

What I consider a good candidate is someone with a legible résumé. If you do not have a good résumé at the beginning, it’s tough. So, when you are creating your résumé and need more stuff on it, reach out to people and shadow roles you want to do and try to get as many internships as possible. Make your own films/shorts/commercials/comedy sketches and put them in! I like people who are always working and reflects that on their résumés.

If you had it to do all over again, what would you do differently?

If I could go back and do it all over, I would have made more videos and networked harder while I was in Chicago. It was tough since I was on the fast-track 15-month program, but as I said earlier, a crisp and loaded résumé always looks good. I wish I tried to go to more film events and make it happen in Chicago. I thought it didn’t matter much and was going to run out to LA and network there, but DO NOT make that mistake. Some of the biggest connections I made are through people my parents or I knew in Chicago.

What piece of advice do you have for TFC candidates currently job searching?

After graduating college looking for a full-time job with benefits can be hard, especially if you are trying to move out to LA. My advice is simple. If you want to move to LA you need to have a plan. If you know you are going out to LA please make sure you have enough money. It’s expensive and if you don’t have the money and your parents can’t help you, save up $5,000 before you even consider moving without a job. NO ONE will hire you unless you are living in LA. It took me 3 months to finally get an okay job and 4-5 months to land a long-term gig. Plan ahead and save up because once you’re out in LA you can make it with a little hard work and reaching out to everyone and anyone. Good luck!

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