NYWIFT Blog

Retirement Planning for Freelancers and members of the arts and media community – April 2022

Join Certified Financial Planners, Gail Linn and William Fischer at Fortis Lux Financial (an office of MassMutual) for their workshop, Retirement Planning for Freelancers. They will inform about the key concepts needed to consider when it comes to saving for retirement, protection strategies, business transition, estate planning and more.

This event is FREE and open exclusively to NYWIFT members.

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“Power Pitching Virtually and In-Person…,Every Time, Every Situation”

This workshop is all about pitching...whether it's for your services, an informational session, a networking event, or pitching your film/television project. What does it really take to make a powerful pitch? How can you make virtual pitching as powerful as in-person? What are the pitfalls to avoid at all cost? How can you master the art of pitching with your own style, personality and brand?

Certified Career Coach/Talent Agent Consultant/NYWIFT member Jim Arnoff will give you the career coach's top tips for pitching with conviction and results

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One Week Online Program with Roadmap Writers (NYWIFT Members Only)

This one week workshop with Roadmap Writers offers expert advice from writers in the business! Join Roadmap Writers leaders Janet Jeffries, Audrey Knox, and Joey Tuccio as they interactively teach you the ways of writing!

Free to attend. Exclusively for NYWIFT members.

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“Pitching Virtually…It’s Easier Than You Think” with Jim Arnoff

This interactive workshop with Career Coach/Talent Agent Consultant/NYWIFT Member, Jim Arnoff will give you specific tips to create the most engaging interactions on-line. You'll hear pitfalls to avoid and how best to prep for a virtual pitch. Open to NYWIFT members only.

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NYWIFT Talks with The Cherry Picks Co-Founder Miranda Bailey

In this NYWIFT Talks, join The Cherry Picks Co-Founder Miranda Bailey for a Zoom conversation. We’ll focus on how The Cherry Picks has revolutionized female film critics.

This conversation will be moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Rachel Watanabe-Batton and is free for all to attend.

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POSTPONED NYWIFT Talks with IFP Executive Director Jeffrey Sharp

In this NYWIFT Talk, join Executive Director of IFP Jeffrey Sharp for a Zoom conversation. We’ll focus on on IFP and the future of digital learning within IFP.

This conversation will be moderated by NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez and is free for all NYWIFT members to attend.

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NYWIFT Talks The Writers Lab with Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon

Join The Writers Lab Co-Founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon for a Zoom conversation. We’ll focus on The Writers Lab and their mission to amplify the voices of women screenwriters over 40. 

This conversation will be moderated by NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer

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NYWIFT Talks with Costume Designer Dana Covarrubias

Join Costume Designer and 2018 NYWIFT Designing Women Honoree Dana Covarrubias for a Zoom conversation. We’ll focus on on her career, new projects, and what COVID-19 has meant for her as a costume designer.

This conversation will be moderated by NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer.

(Open to NYWIFT members only. Not a member yet? Go to www.nywift.org/join or email membership@nywift.org to take advantage of our Community Building Membership Campaign discount.)

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Virtual Discussion: NYWIFT Talks with Filmmaker Rachel Feldman

Join filmmaker Rachel Feldman for a virtual Zoom conversation. Rachel will discuss the COVID-19 effects on filmmakers and what the future holds for her current projects. Feldman is an accomplished director and writer in film and television. She is currently in active development to direct Lilly, a feature film based on the remarkable life of Fair Pay icon Lilly Ledbetter.

The conversation will be moderated by NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez.

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Webinar: NYWIFT Talks ImageNation with Moikgantsi Kgama

Join NYWIFT and Moikgantsi Kgama of ImageNation as she speaks from the perspective of the cultural organizations that bring indie films into local communities. She'll discuss the potential broader impact on the industry and the general theater-going experience, as we all wonder: what will the exhibition space look like after the pandemic has ended?

This NYWIFT Talks discussion will be moderated by NYWIFT Board VP of Programming Leslie Fields-Cruz.

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Webinar: NYWIFT Talks Casting with Destiny Lilly

Join Casting Director and NYWIFT Board of Directors Vice President Destiny Lilly for a virtual Zoom conversation. Destiny will update us on how the casting world in NYC keeps moving even while film, television, and theatre productions are on hold due to the current health crisis. We'll talk shooting delays, the impact on Broadway, online auditions, self-tape 101 for actors, why producers should always hire a casting director, and more. Casting affects more than just actors - all film and TV professionals are encouraged to bring their questions to to this insightful conversation. And anyone can benefit from self-tape 101; nowadays, working from home, we are all appearing on camera!  This NYWIFT Talks discussion will be moderated by NYWIFT Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers. 

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Webinar: NYWIFT Talks Production with Kathryn O’Kane

Join Disney+ showrunner and NYWIFT Board member Kathryn O'Kane for a virtual Zoom conversation. Kathryn will discuss the COVID-19 affects on pre-planned productions and what the future holds for her current projects. This NYWIFT Talks conversation will be moderated by NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez.

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Webinar: NYWIFT Talks Distance Learning with Dr. Kimberly Greene

Welcome to NYWIFT Talks, a new weekly series to bring updated news and vital information about the impact of COVID-19 on the media and entertainment industry. Industry professionals will be in conversation discussing what you need to know about theatrical releases, digital advances, virtual tools, festival opportunities, production updates and more.  NYWIFT Talks are free...

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Webinar: NYWIFT Talks: Virtual Collaborations with Liz Dreyer

Welcome to NYWIFT Talks, a new weekly series to bring updated news and vital information about the impact of COVID-19 on the media and entertainment industry. Industry professionals will be in conversation discussing what you need to know about theatrical releases, digital advances, virtual tools, festival opportunities, production updates and more.  NYWIFT Talks are free for all NYWIFT members to attend.  In this week’s inaugural NYWIFT Talk, join virtual collaboration expert Liz Dreyer for a Zoom conversation. We'll focus on tips and best practices for creating productive virtual meetings, including information on preferred platforms and the leading question of the day: "Should you wear pants on video chats?" Liz has facilitated creative digital groups for over 20 years. This discussion will be led by NYWIFT Senior Development Consultant Maud Kersnowski-Sachs.

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Webinar: NYWIFT Talks: Virtual Theatrical Experiences with Wendy Lidell

Welcome to NYWIFT Talks, where every week we bring you a new stimulating and proactive virtual conversation with a dynamic array of film and television industry professionals. NYWIFT Talks are free for all NYWIFT members to attend.  In this NYWIFT Talk, we welcome Senior Vice President Wendy Lidell of Kino Lorber. We will discuss the growth of Kino Lorber and their initiative to develop the virtual theatrical experience during a time of uncertainty, while continuing to support art houses everywhere.  This discussion will be led by NYWIFT member Jennifer Wilkov. 

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