What is your most recent success and how did you accomplish it?I wrote several film screenplays which I flipped into fiction novels and they are now available on Amazon Kindle. Tell everybody! (Check out a quick video here.)
And here’s my Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Stephanie-Bertoni/e/B092C6MBCQ?ref_=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000
Here’s my Instagram for my books: https://www.instagram.com/steph_bertoni/
(I just started my Instagram for my books and I’ll be adding more content shortly. I already have a fun promo video on there for my Christmas comedy book.)
I do have a Facebook as well: https://www.facebook.com/xoStephB
I observe and talk with other professionals. I keep at it, but I also take breaks which gives me a fresh perspective.
How did you get started in the film industry?
My first jobs in the entertainment field were as a newspaper reporter, radio disc jockey, radio news producer, and then I went into television news. I did a side project as a script supervisor for an indie film and just kept going. In addition to script supervising, I’ve also worked in several other film production positions including actress, stand-in, casting, production coordinator, production accounting, production secretary, wardrobe supervisor, wardrobe stylist, set dresser, craft services, and also production assistant.
Why do you choose to work in PA?
I’ve enjoyed working on sets out of town but it’s good working with my local film family. It can take a few days to gel when a crew is full of strangers in a strange place. You can have a “shorthand” way of speaking with folks you know, which gets you there faster. People who know and care for each other are much more likely to go the distance for one another.
What do you love the most about your job?
I love that I am still creating as an adult. As a kid, I was always painting, writing, acting, and being asked by friends to tell funny stories. Not much has changed. ;)
What is your most memorable, most awkward, or funniest on-set story?
I’ve been fortunate to work with people who provided some comedy relief for me on set: Dean Cundy, Michael Nyquist, Seymour Cassel, Breck Eisner, and a few others. It makes the often tough working conditions bearable.
Do you have any upcoming Pennsylvania-based projects?
I’m currently in talks about a project.
PAFIA has been working hard on increasing the film tax credit in Pennsylvania and bringing more film work to our local crew and talent, but we must all unite to really make a difference. What can you tell our elected officials about the importance of PA film industry and the difference it has made in your life?
It’s a big deal for film production workers to be able to sleep in their own beds every night. Those outside the film industry may take that for granted if they have a local, nine-to-five job. Crews working in their hometown can spend more time with their loved ones and have stronger relationships. They may have more time to meet the right person and have a family. It’s important to have the choice to work in your hometown, or travel because you want to; not because you have to. The Film tax credit enables film production professionals more options to live happier, productive lives. All of that productivity funnels into more revenue for the state and the city. The film tax credit is so much more than money. It’s a better way of working, making art, and living.
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