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VETERANS IN MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT

We unite current and former members of the military working in film, television, media, gaming, music, and more.

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Founded in 2012 as a grassroots movement and 501(c)3, VME is a professional association of U.S. military veterans working in, or aspiring to work in, media and entertainment.

Members come from creative and corporate leadership positions to production trades and artisans, and at all career levels. With 3,200 members across the nation, our footprint is currently concentrated in film, television, digital media, theater, music, and gaming. VME is headquartered in Los Angeles with new chapters in NYC, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta/Savannah, and Washington, DC. Last year alone we had:

  • 52 job placements at ABC/Disney, Sony, Television, HBO, Warner Bros.

  • 12 paid internships with Ballers, Westworld, Barry, Crashing, Lucifer

  • 72 actors cast in Unbroken 2, Hawaii Five-O, The Night Shift and more

  • 45 Educational Classes, Workshops, and Roundtables

  • 50 Advanced & Premiere Screenings

 
 
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Hire A Veteran

Find and contact veterans to hire, audition, cast, interview, etc. To post an opportunity to reach over 3,000 veterans, please click below.

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Events

VME holds regular events in the Los Angeles, DC, New York, and Atlanta areas. Click below to learn more and view upcoming events.

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Join Us

Learn more about our organization, our programs, events, what we do, and apply online to join. We have members in every state.

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VME Connect

VME Connect is a platform used to connect veterans to jobs, internships, mentorships, casting notices and opportunities in the industry. (coming Dec 2018)

 
 
 

Our Work

Talented Writers, Directors, Actors, Models, Singers, Editors, Post Sound, Production Design, and more. 

Veterans have been working in this town since the golden age of Hollywood. 

 
 
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What Our Members Say

 

 
Having moved from California to New York it’s great to have a VME branch here to help me transition with ease in my career. The camaraderie and connections you make are unlike any other.
— Amber Patton | Marine | Novelist
New York City is tough, and this industry is even tougher. VME gave me a home and a built-in community of people who are all working hard toward accomplishing their dreams. It is similar to the military - it gives you somewhere to belong.
— Caitlin Bassett | Army | Actor
I’m just grateful. Two years ago, I was fixing electrical boxes on ships. Now, I’m reading screenplays for the most award-winning distributor in television thanks to the VME Internship program.
— Ryan Binse | Navy | HBO
 
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Meet just a few of our

Volunteers

These are the writers, directors, producers, and actors who are working hard at creating opportunities for their fellow veterans in the industry. We thrive off of our volunteers. Check them out, and more in our VME Directory and click here to volunteer for an event and to be featured on this page!

 
 
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Lisa Costanza

Actor | Army | VME Director of Membership

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Y'Dhanna Daniels

Actor | Army | VME Director of Screenings

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Brian Hanson

Director | Army | VME Director of Events

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Alan Pietruszewski

Actor | Navy | VME Casting

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Tom McCafferty

Actor | Army | Vice Chair, Board Member

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Jackie Perez

Writer | Army | Director of Grants

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Jennifer Marshall

Actor | Navy | VME Casting

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B.J. Lange

Comedian | Navy | VME Events

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