You’re not really making your movies. You’re helping someone else make theirs. You’re the one getting coffee or turning knobs, but you don’t have much creative input at all. In short, you want to direct but you’re knee deep in a different department.
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And getting paid to make films is about as good as it gets in this tiny world, so why would anyone want to screw that up? Well, to be honest, I didn’t mean to. I didn’t want to. It just… happened.
You’re left wondering why producers aren’t tripping over each other offering you gigs. Well, it may be their fault, but it may also be yours. If you make any of the 5 mistakes below, you could be hurting your chances to land that perfect job.
Working on location is something every freelancer will do throughout their career in the film industry. And, generally, it’s not an issue. Where it gets prickly, however, is when the production wants you to work on location, but for a local rate – what do you do then?
The first time Steven Spielberg applied to film school, he was rejected. It turns out, he did just fine for himself. So let’s take a look at how Spielberg handled his rejection and, ultimately, used it to propel himself to Hollywood success.
A quality resume is something that every freelancer struggles with. How can you dilute a wealth of knowledge and experience onto one page? It hardly seems fair, and honestly, it isn’t.
In the land of freelancing, anybody can claim experience and make up fake productions to confirm their work. So if you want to join a union or another professional organization, having proof of real experience is necessary. One way to prove that is through call sheets, so if you aren’t collecting them, here’s why you should start right now.
Getting your first job is huge. It’s shoving your foot through the door and blazing onto the freelance scene. When you do that, you catch the attention of the room and you better have the goods to deliver. And while the first job is indeed important, it’s really your 2nd job that you should be more worried about.