Graduate working as Investment and Development Manager at Screen Australia

Entertainment Business Management graduate Hayley Johnson took her passion for film, merged it with her management degree, and developed a fruitful career. 

We caught up with her to find out how she did it…

"The day I graduated, I dove head first into the film industry. I was fortunate enough to land a job with Blackfella Films between 2013 - 2015 - best known for First Australians (2008), Redfern Now TV series (2013-2015) and Ready For This (2015). The people I worked with at Blackfella Films really supported my passion for film, particularly indigenous screen. It was the perfect start for me, thrown in the deep-end, my job was to be the first point of contact for the company giving me a chance to build on my industry knowledge and network like crazy.
In 2015, I was offered the role of Indigenous Coordinator at Screen Australia which I gladly accepted. Once again, this role helped me build on existing relationships as well as create contacts with industry gatekeepers and decision makers. After taking on more responsibility in the coordinator role and learning the art of film development, I was eventually promoted to work in Indigenous Investment and Development. Here I work closely with producers, directors and writers and assess development and production projects to determine their potential and funding outcome. I also manage aspects of development and production of projects that are funded through Screen Australia."

What are your favourite things about working in the industry?

Definitely turning up to work every day knowing that I am surrounded and supported by Australia’s best Film Executives and playmakers. Going to industry events and film festivals doesn’t hurt either!

How do you think JMC Academy helped you?

JMC gave me the confidence I desperately needed to jump into something that I loved. I was such a shy kid so having such supportive lecturers that encouraged me to come out of my shell is something you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

What were your favourite things about studying at JMC?

I don’t think there are many places in the world where you get to spend three years learning from people who have experienced the ups and downs of this crazy ass industry. The war stories are the stories you learn from and remember most.

What advice would you give to current students?

Two things that I live by
·         Never think you know everything just because you love music and/or film and studied the business for 3 years, you’ll come undone. Aim to learn every day (and night – it’s entertainment) for the rest of your career. I work with some of the Australia’s most seasoned filmmakers and business executives who will all tell you, THEY STILL LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY!
·         Don’t let anyone tell you there is no money in the industry, if you look and work hard enough you’ll find the $.

Best of luck!

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