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Old 05-16-2020, 07:29 PM   #21
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I moved to LA from MA and kept my 774 area code. When job hunting (tech industry) after a layoff, I did get a few people questioning where I lived during phone interviews based on my area code despite my current city being on my resume. So good call on changing it IMO and good luck with the move!
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Old 05-16-2020, 07:46 PM   #22
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I moved to LA from MA and kept my 774 area code. When job hunting (tech industry) after a layoff, I did get a few people questioning where I lived during phone interviews based on my area code despite my current city being on my resume. So good call on changing it IMO and good luck with the move!
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Old 05-16-2020, 07:48 PM   #23
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I think any of the codes listed in the thread are a good option. Frankly, if there's ONE good thing to come of this Covid madness it's that it has proven how you don't need to be in Los Angeles to do what we do. I always maintained that it was mostly a ploy designed by disgruntled East Coasters working in the industry and hating LA, who simply wanted us to suffer alongside them.

Point being: if someone STILL makes you feel bad about being in CT and not having an LA number... fook 'em. So yeah, why not. Get the LA number. But it should be the last thing on anybody's mind when they're Zooming you and hearing your pitch or whatever it is.
I heard there were problems with Zooming, is it working for meetings? I thought they were getting hacked into, no?

I'm self conscious, I don't like to be seen on video. I know I have to get over it, and will, but the thought sends me into an anxious tizzy.
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Old 05-17-2020, 09:34 AM   #24
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I totally would've taken the 666 number. Missed opportunity there!
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Old 05-17-2020, 09:56 AM   #25
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I heard there were problems with Zooming, is it working for meetings? I thought they were getting hacked into, no?
I think it's overall much better than people think. For every one report on how something went wrong, there are surely tens of thousands that were fine. The media doesn't report on the good meetings because that's boring story telling. Not downplaying some of the stupid, insensitive things Zoombombers have done but it's highly unlikely someone is going to Zoomboom a three person call for example. It's not worth it to them.

Also, Zoom has greatly stepped up its security after all the media scrutiny. My wife and/or I have done Zoom calls, FaceTime, Google Duo, Skype and even tried HouseParty last night with a couple of friends. We ended up going back to Zoom, though. (HP came off more as a "catchy" name for college kids than a great product; but they wanted to try it, so we did for a minute or two.)

You should be fine with any of the big name video calling services. I'm fine with being on camera since I'm a) a Ham and b) did quite a bit of on camera stuff back in my high school TV class. But for you, just practice some. Get a family member or two, a few friends or even some folks from here, and do a 20 minute call. Heck, just turn the camera on and sit in front of your computer and look at yourself. Get used to it all with baby steps. Test out lighting. See what works best for you. (Zoom offers the option under Settings>Camera a to "Touch up my appearance" on camera. It's a slight softening of the image since in most cases we all sit so close to the lens.)

My wife always gives me a hard time since I literally go into prep mode before all our calls due to my production background. Key light. Fill light. Background lighting. I have even used white paper as a bounce card for a little fill light, etc.

You can do it.
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Old 05-17-2020, 10:02 AM   #26
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Those were public Zoom meetings. Protected ones are fine. I was pitching on Zoom for the last year or so anyway so not much has changed for me other than producers and execs being more open to it.

The crisis has in many cases and industries demonstrated a few things about efficiency and how that is best attained. It seems high tech has taken the lessons and will strategically pivot to what they should have been doing en masse already - a distributed workforce that isn’t a slave to tying folks to an office. It seems like Hollywood is embracing this as well in my anecdotal experience.

It takes getting used to. August and Mazin discussed the “lag” on their show this week. Timing can be thrown off. I just go slower than I normally do in a room. The biggest hurdle is not being able to read body language or to use your own body language to tell a story in the most compelling way.
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Old 05-17-2020, 12:30 PM   #27
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The biggest hurdle is not being able to read body language or to use your own body language to tell a story in the most compelling way.
It’s imperative to make every word that’s uttered account for itself, just as they ought to do when written on the proverbial page or in a Portable Document Format file (thank God it’s portable; otherwise, it would so difficult to manage as a carry-on item).
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