Producer Gives UT Students the Hollywood Low-Down

The producer of famous shows such as ‘Miami Ink’ and ‘Miami Vice’ shared his experiences in the entertainment business with UT students, providing them with insightful tips on how to make it in an already tough industry during tough times.

Fabio Arber works as line producer, and a location and unit production manager with silver and small screen productions such as ‘Miami Vice’, ‘Miami Ink’, ‘Bad Boys II’, ’21 Jump Street’ and ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’.

After graduating from the University of Miami’s Film school, he was soon part of the crew behind ‘Miami Vice’, serving as a key production assistant.

At the beginning of his career, he did not mind being the first to come and the last to leave, which makes up part of his success.

Especially in the film industry, networking is a substantial part of the job. With the current economy, it’s difficult to get a job in the film industry.

‘Students nowadays are blessed with all the social networking tools that help them to get and stay in touch,’ said Arber.

Nevertheless, if graduates are talented and persistent, they will find a job.

‘Students should not be reluctant about working for free. If they are good, they will end up getting paid,’ said Arber.

Arber told the students that he is very optimistic about the future, citing a movie being shot exclusively for the iPod.

‘It is important to go out, taking the initiative and making mistakes instead of just doing nothing,’ Arber said.

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