So if you guys noticed on the right hand side of my blog there is a new icon that says subscribe to Film Jobs.
This is how I send out the UTA job list along with other production job postings.¬† If you are looking for a job in the entertainment industry you should definitely¬† subscribe!
Lately I have been asked a lot about how I find my next gig.¬† From what I have seen over the years there really is no “right way” to get a job in this industry.¬†¬† 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.¬† But what about everyone else that doesn’t have the hook up from someone big?¬† How do they manage to break in?
Well honestly it takes a lot of work.¬† To break into the industry not knowing anyone is probably the toughest and most frustrating thing you will ever do.¬† 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.¬† 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.¬† 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.¬† Both of these can be found online, however, you do have to pay to receive them.¬† These two lists have everything that is going into production including contact information.¬† 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.¬† 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.¬† Hollywood runs on who you know so networking is vitally important.¬† Make sure you always have your past coordinator’s emails or phone numbers because who knows what they could be working on next. ¬† Websites like keypa.net (which is now apparently The Hollywood Ladder) hosts networking events a few times a year.¬† Also look into your local film commission or any other filmmaker group in your area.
How do you all find your next gigs?
So after sending out the list I get to all of you I was wondering has anyone actually gotten any job from it?¬† Or at least a response from applying?
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So after posting that I have the newest UTA joblist and I am willing to email it out to you I received an enormous response.¬† While looking through some of the comments I noticed this one posted by Tyler and I felt like I really should address this:
I would love the list as I am looking for a part time gig to go with my bartending job once a week. Thanks
Ok here is my huge problem with this comment.¬† The UTA job list does not offer part time gigs.¬† If you are looking for a part time gig to go along with bartending then I would highly suggest trying to find something else.
The UTA joblist is a list of assistant jobs that are full time and that are available in Hollywood.¬† The list is sent out to hundreds of people so you can imagine that these jobs are rare and highly sought after.¬† I can also assure you that if you do not live in Los Angeles you will never receive a call for one of these positions.¬† Hollywood tends to mostly hire from within but the rare times it does not it will offer interviews to those people that live in that city.
If you are serious about an assistant job in Hollywood I would suggest contacting companies directly rather than trying to land a job through this list.¬† Try websites like media-match and realitystaff.com as well because they usually have some pretty great positions on there as well.
I have got the most recent copy!¬† Email me if you’d like it.
I have to say though that this is not a magical list that you will get a job from.¬† It is EXTREMLY hard to get a job from this list.¬† If you are really looking for an assistant job I’d say looking at smaller production companies or use websites like craigslist, media-match or reality staff.
The jobs on the UTA list are usually filled by people they already know, so another good thing is to get out there at make friends.¬† Friends will get you jobs that they hear about, not random people that you spoke with once.
Happy job hunting!
After a plethora of emails regarding the UTA joblist I feel like I need to explain some things to you.
The UTA joblist is a list that has the most highly sought after assistant jobs in the industry.¬† This means that if you want to be an assistant to a producer, celebrity, director, or executive this is one of the places you could look.¬† If you are just starting out in the industry and you want to be someone’s assistant you WILL NOT get one of these jobs.¬† Even though they are entry level positions, if you have never been an assistant before they will not hire you.
The main way people get jobs in Hollywood is through people you know.¬† The higher ups like to hire through friends, or through people they know so that they somewhat trust the person they are hiring.¬† I can guarantee you that if you live in Carmel, IN and you apply for one of these positions on the list they will instantly¬† disregard your resume because you do not live in California.¬† The only way you will get one of these positions is if you live in Los Angeles.
If you are looking for any production assistant jobs then the UTA job list is not for you.¬† You can find these jobs sometimes through craigslist, media-match.com, and realitystaff.com. ¬† Like everything else in Hollywood though you mainly get these jobs through people you know.¬† The rule about living in California also applies to production assistant positions unless you are trying to get a gig on a movie or tv show filming in your city in which case you could be hired as a local hire.
Good luck and happy job hunting!