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ABOVE AND BEYOND - Making The Most Of Membership

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, February 09, 2016

One of the first PGA members to qualify under the Guild’s transmedia producer credit, Caitlin Burns has been an active member ever since. "There are two reasons why I volunteer,” she shares. "One, it’s the best way for me to learn about what’s going on in the industry and it’s always an absolute pleasure to be in the room with so many amazing, creative professionals. The second reason is that since so many members have given their time over the years to meet with me and help me work through my own professional and production questions, I want to be able to provide the same help wherever I can. The new media landscape is broad, and constantly changing. Being able to educate myself and other members through our panels, mixers and other programs means we’re all making better work.” As Vice Chair of the New Media Council, Burns oversees all Council events on the East Coast, while also finding the energy to serve as Co-Chair of the Women’s Impact Network. But regardless of which coast members live on or what council they belong to, Burns encourages members to get involved with the PGA because "there is no better place to put your finger on the pulse of the entertainment industry... The power of the Guild is that everyone is looking to learn more, expand their networks and every member is an exceptional professional”

Wendy Neuss lived and worked in Los Angeles for 10 years on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager as well as running her own production company. When she decided to move back to New York, she thought volunteering would be a great way to know more people professionally and personally. "Although the PGA East has grown exponentially in the last ten years,” she says, "it has maintained a strong sense of family and group loyalty. It’s a chance to meet wonderful people, explore different areas of interest, and interact with many of the Guild’s busiest and most successful members. When I walk into the meetings it feels like coming home, which may be the part I value the most.” Neuss serves as Chair of the Mentoring Committee for PGA East, a time-consuming but gratifying assignment. "When a group mentor session succeeds and people make contacts or get insights that change their careers,” she beams, "it’s very exciting.” A frequent participant in the East Coast meetings, events and seminars, Neuss is also a proud member of the Woman’s Impact Network. "Getting involved,” she testifies, "is the best way to get the most out of your Guild membership.” When not volunteering for the Guild, This Emmy-nominated producer is "developing a project for a new technological format currently unknown to mankind.” Sounds like a mysterious and exciting topic for a future PGA seminar…

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