When I was looking for my first job, I was like a leech on the job boards. I’d wake up, make a pot of coffee, and be pounding through Monster and Indeed looking for the hyperlink to my future career until eight or nine at night (with a few breaks in-between for Friends reruns). It was exhausting, and being that I had no prior experience, I put out a lot of effort for very little reward.
It wasn’t until I finally snagged my first job in film that I discovered the avenues people were using to break through and get into small production companies like the one I was working for. I’ll share my secrets with you on three of the oddest places to find (and break through to) your first job in film.
This is actually where I found the listing to the job I landed. If you have some common sense about you, you can quickly skim through the scams and garbage postings to find the legitimate ads seeking out people for short-term gigs on films. Usually, these are somewhat on the low-paying end of the scale, but if you’re looking for your first bit of real experience, this could be the place to get it. On the flip side, you could also post an advertisement for free letting people know about your talents in film and how you can be of service to them. Just remember either way to do your research, ask a lot of questions about what you’ll be doing and get everything in writing before beginning work.
ideas coupled with up-to-date technology and fresh faces in the industry all in one spot online makes for a goldmine for film job-seekers! Kickstarter is unique in that it really makes sure that everything that goes through their site is legitimate and that money doesn’t go willy-nilly off into the distance. Narrow down the funding projects to films and reach out to those that you really think you’d thrive in, and reach out to their project coordinator directly to see if your talents could be of service to them. You just never know…
Art Galleries and Museums
There are numerous venues that filmmakers use to display their works—two being art galleries and museums. How many art galleries do you have in your city that are playing the works of a local filmmaker? How many of those filmmakers are looking to take the next step in their project, but need another team member? You’ll never know the answer unless you get on the phone and ask them.
The fact is that there are opportunities everywhere to get that first start in film. Don’t give yourself tunnel-vision and carpel tunnel applying on job boards. Get knee-deep into where these films and their teams are at in the online community and reach out directly to them—they’ll be impressed with your initiative to branch out from the norm!
Now, I’m doing marketing at a film production company for their upcoming documentary. The team is small and everyone wears many hats, which is an ideal situation to be in when you want to experience as much as possible! I’m also freelancing in various media platforms, and every day I’m learning something new about how to stand out from the crowd in this fast-paced industry. I’m excited to share what I learn through The Media Chronicles!