As the gig I am currently on sadly comes to an end with no second season picked up I figured it would be a great time to blog about job hunting.¬† I know it sucks..but as a freelancer you always have to keep looking for work.¬† Here are a few avenues that you can go through to find the best thing for you:
Call or email your past contacts
This is possibly the most important thing you can do.¬† All those people you worked on set with before are probably working on a new production now.¬† While you were working you should have gotten all of their contact information so put that to use and email them to see what they are up to.¬† DO NOT just flat out as for a job because that will usually annoy people.¬† Create some form of a conversation that will lead to them asking about if you are working and hopefully they will know someone that needs help.
There are a few job sites that are usually pretty good to check out when looking for production work.¬† Some are free while others charge per month to use the service.
www.mandy.com – free
www.craigslist.org – free
www.realitystaff.com- free and subscription (The subscription allows you to write more in your cover letter).
www.entertainmentcareers.net – subscription
www.media-match.com – subscription
www.filmstaff.com – subscription
www.productionweekly.com – subscription
You can also check out specific production company websites, studio websites, imdb in the forums section (though it is shady sometimes) and any other place you can think of.¬† If anyone knows of any more websites please let me know!
Go to a networking event
This is just like calling your old contacts, however, here you are making new ones.¬† A lot of different film groups or societies tend to have networking parties that you can attend.¬† Google or ask your other friends in production and go armed with your business card.
Cold calling/ emailing companies
You can always cold call and email production companies to find if they are hiring crew or if they keep potential crew resume’s on file.
UTA job list
This as I have mentioned before is a list created by UTA of all the assistant positions in Hollywood.¬† This list is awesome if you are looking to be an assistant, but very bad if you are looking to actually work on set in a production.¬† Keep in mind thousands of people receive¬† this list so don’t be surprised if you never hear back when you apply for something.¬† If you want to receive the UTA job list email me at email@example.com
It is important to remember to not doubt yourself and give up.¬† There are a lot of production companies and projects filming that need a hand.¬† Keep at it and eventually you will land a gig.¬† Happy hunting!