The lifeblood of our program is the listservs: five e-mail services through which the school communicates important information, opportunities, events, etc. You must – yes, I say MUST – get yourself on these listservs. The sooner you do this the better, because come the summer, things will start to pop up that are important for you. The only way you will find out about important details is through the listservs. You can email your mentors right now, email faculty or staff – and they may have some information, but not all of it. They certainly won’t know when the audition information will be sent out. You just have to follow the listservs.
On the next page, you’ll find the links to the five listservs. When you go to those links, you’ll be asked a bunch of questions, including where you want these messages to be sent. Choose whatever email address you check regularly.
This can be a pain in the butt at first. Many times you’ll get the same message 3 or 4 times, because the same information has been posted on multiple listservs. But in the end you will be much happier getting the multiple notices immediately than having it all sent to some other email address you don’t often check. Trust your narrator on this – she/he has listened to many UCLA students complain after they missed a notice on important auditions or other cool events. In almost all cases, the problem was either that they weren’t on one of the listservs, or they weren’t checking.
Avoid the option to receive these emails in 'digest' form. Sounds tempting to get them all in a convenient bundle, right? If you do, you'll miss last-minute notices of events, first-come-first-serve sign-ups, brief deadline extensions, and other time-sensitive material. You don't need to check your email every ten minutes but you won't do yourself any favors by delaying these emails.
The Screenwriter Listserv is for screenwriting faculty, staff and students to post information specific to the screenwriting department such as news about 434s, Showcase, scholarships, and anything else program related.
The Writer-Producer Listserv is for screenwriting and producing faculty, staff, and students to communicate information relevant to both programs.
The MFA – FTV- BB Listserv serves as a bulletin board for TFT department faculty, staff and students to post department related information—anything from film showings to crew needs. The key is the post must be related to your film work at school.
The MFA – FTV- CC Listserv is for TFT department faculty, staff and students to post all non-school related announcements such as garage sales, apartments for rent, and parties. http://lists.ucla.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/mfa-ftv-cc-l
The UTA Joblist provides a list of industry related jobs and will be sent to you automatically through the Listserv once you sign up.
Why don’t you take a moment right now and get on these listservs.
Unfortunately, many of us have experienced some severe problems with UCLA's bureaucracy. Mistakes are made which can affect just one person or hundreds of people. There's also a good chance you'll encounter admin staff - yes, even within TFT - who will seem uninterested, resentful, or simply incapable of helping you.
The best solutions are:
- Be vigilant. If you're a little surprised to see an email from Student Financial Services reminding you about a balance on your account, you'd better check it.
- Many mistakes made on your BruinBill Account are fixed automatically (you'll see the record of these transactions and the fixes when you check your statement). Other times, you'll need to contact Financial Services, but that experience can be remarkably painless.
- Don't automatically trust the information you get, whether it's a mass email, or an individual response to a direct question you've asked.
- Share information with each other. Ask the group when you're confused. Chances are, someone else has or had the same experience. Your FB page is ideal for this.
- Don’t be afraid to befriend Cheri Smith, graduate counselor for TFT (Room 103, East Melnitz). She’d love to see you from time to time.
On the flip side, your screenwriting chairs can be receptive and interested in how the program is working on your end of things. I don't mean to suggest that you go to them instead of the admin staff to solve your individual problems, but they want the number and type of courses offered to match the needs of the current students. You know, the ones who will be looking for work soon.