Lately I have been asked a lot about how I find my next gig.Â From what I have seen over the years there really is no “right way” to get a job in this industry.Â Â There are tons of stories out there of insert-big-celebrity-name-here’s brother-in-laws nephew getting a job because he is “close” to that big name celebrity.Â But what about everyone else that doesn’t have the hook up from someone big?Â How do they manage to break in?
Well honestly it takes a lot of work.Â To break into the industry not knowing anyone is probably the toughest and most frustrating thing you will ever do.Â Your best bet is to check out job lists and websites.
One of the biggest job lists is of course the UTA joblist which has all of the assistant jobs available in Hollywood.Â I send it out through the film job google group so sign up to be a member to get the list. Keep in mind the the UTA joblist only has assistant jobs, not production jobs.Â So if you want to work on set you will have to find jobs elsewhere.
Other job lists that are good to check out are Production Weekly and The Mercury Report.Â Both of these can be found online, however, you do have to pay to receive them.Â These two lists have everything that is going into production including contact information.Â I have actually gotten a job by randomly emailing one of the companies, so it never hurts to just send an email.
You next best bet for job hunting if you don’t know anyone is to hit up the job websites such as realitystaff.com, media-match.com, mandy.com, craigslist.org and productionnotices.com.Â These are all pretty great websites that post several job openings but keep in mind they, yes even craigslist..just really read when you apply to something.
Finally the most important place to find jobs is through networking and making friends.Â Hollywood runs on who you know so networking is vitally important.Â Make sure you always have your past coordinator’s emails or phone numbers because who knows what they could be working on next. Â Websites like keypa.net (which is now apparently The Hollywood Ladder) hosts networking events a few times a year.Â Also look into your local film commission or any other filmmaker group in your area.
How do you all find your next gigs?