Smart Girls Productions & Founder Melody Jackson, Ph.D.
Smart Girls Productions provides marketing and consulting services for actors and screenwriters aspiring to work and expand their careers in Hollywood film and television.
- Our mission is to provide a setting in which actors and screenwriters can make contacts and create actual opportunities to have their dreams become reality.
- To help Actors optimize their branding and packaging, get legitimate representation, and increase their confidence in marketing so they have opportunities to live their dream.
- To help Screenwriters create opportunities to realize their vision by optimizing their script’s marketability and getting it in front of legitimate Hollywood executives.
Dr. Melody Jackson founded Smart Girls Productions in 1992 and developed the Smart Girls marketing system to support, assist and empower working and aspiring actors and screenwriters to pursue their dreams of working in Hollywood.
Our marketing systems are designed to accommodate you at any level in your career, whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been working for decades and want to re-vitalize your approach to your career.
We first work with you to assess where you are and then we discuss how to build on what you have already accomplished. We then identify the best marketing strategies and services to move you to the next level.
While we find being strategic and cheering you on like any good coach is important, our services are very much about getting the word out on the street through specific, tangible marketing efforts.
One of the most critical aspects of our service is helping identify your casting and your branding and making sure it’s clear. Then we help you select headshots that are professional looking and also represent your realistic casting. Helping you present yourself with a consistent brand is one of the keys to the success of our services.
For screenwriters, to sell your script, you must first make your script is as good as it can possibly be. To help you get it there, we will review your screenplay and make recommendations on how to improve it for the Hollywood marketplace.
Once your script is ready, we help you get the word out by creating email query blasts that target 100s of industry execs, super-targeted query letters, and one-sheets for pitching events. Additionally, we can do one-on-one coaching to train and prep you for pitching to executives in person, such as at Inktip events, the Great American Pitchfest, networking events, and the like.
Whether you want to work with us for all the steps in your career and a marketing campaign or just want us to assist you with one specific service or promotion, it’s fine. We are happy to support you in any aspect of your career that we’re capable of.
“People who pursue a career in Hollywood are big dreamers. It’s an enormous dream with fewer and fewer spots as you move up the ladder. My mission is to empower actors and screenwriters to give up feeling like helpless victims and instead to truly know deep inside that they have to drive their careers. It’s not just luck.
“You have to take massive action to make big things happen. I want to educate them on what to do and to faciliate some aspects of what they need to do. There’s no room for being a victim and feeling sorry for yourself because Hollywood is too much of a challenge and someone else will step into your slot if you mope around for too long. No getting down and staying down. Get back up and make it happen. Period. Let’s do it.” Melody Jackson, Ph.D.
Want the down and dirty story of how Melody really got started? Here it is.
The second thing I get great satisfaction from is that I’ve helped over 2500 screenwriters improve their screenplays and get them in front of Hollywood execs. (And I’ve helped over 5000 actors get representation — but more on that below.)
My screenwriting clients have gotten their scripts into countless medium-sized and smaller production companies… and many have also even gotten their scripts into studios like 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Disney, Paramount and large agencies like UTA, and CAA.
My screenwriting clients have landed positions as TV staff writers, sold their screenplays, won contests, gotten literary representation, signed options, and have been hired for writing assignments. They’ve had many different levels of success. I love when my clients have success!
More experience and street cred in helping screenwriters… I’ve been a Guest Speaker at countless industry events and screenwriting groups. The Final Draft Expert Interview Series interviewed me in one of their pro series programs. I’ve written articles for most screenwriting magazines in existence. I’ve spoken at events like the Screenwriter’s Expo, the Great American Pitchfest, Storyboard, and many more writers’ groups.
Bottomline, I assist screenwriters in getting their screenplays ready for the market and then in getting them read by production companies and development executives, literary agencies, and management companies.
And I’ve been doing that for a long time.
And now… on to how I help actors.
How I Help Actors in Their Careers
If you didn’t yet read my down and dirty story of how I got started in Hollywood, go here now. It’s my story of when I came across this idea of becoming an actor and taking classes and such.
I loved-loved-loved ACTING CLASS…. but you’ll have to check out that link to see why I stopped acting.
The great thing about pursuing an acting career for the time I did is that I learned what it’s like to have that desperate desire to work. I also learned what actors need. In fact, that’s how I came up with my Agent and Manager Mailing service — I needed an agent, so I created a database with a bunch of bells and whistles for my own use first.
Once my friends heard what I was doing, they wanted me to help them, so I did. Then they told their friends… and they wanted help, and so I did… And then they told two friends… and they told two more friends…. and so on and so on…. And here we are 20+ years later!
To wrap it up….Since starting my business over 20 years ago, I’ve helped well over 5000 actors get agents and managers. I’ve helped actors like you get into almost every agency and management company in town at one point or other. Many of those actors went on to be Series Regulars, play Lead Roles in films, book guest star and co-star roles, do commercial campaigns, or get their union cards.
Bottomline…. the main thing I do for actors is to help you identify your branding and pitch yourself, help you select the best photos that are congruent with your casting, coach you on pitching yourself in a meeting with an agent, and write your cover letter so you don’t have to! We also do the research on the agents and managers to save you time.
Two points to summarize all of this….
- You never know where your non-acting, non-writing skills or college degree can come in hand in helping you pursue your dream of being an actor or writer. You also never know how things will unfold in your life and your career. And that’s my point… TRUST that it will all work out perfectly… at some point…. if you allow it.
- I wanted to tell you about myself so you have a better sense of who you’re doing business with.
And that’s what there is to say….
Need more proof, credibility, and testimonials to convince you that I’m an awesome person to work with? Well…. I don’t have any more! Isn’t this long enough? 🙂
Just kidding. Look at pages around the site. There are more testimonials scattered throughout.