If you’re on the hunt for film industry jobs, you’re not alone. Having spent the last decade in Los Angeles, I have seen my fair share of Hollywood hopefuls get chewed up and spit out by the machine.
Landing film industry jobs is not tough. If you’re willing to put in long hours, ignore your friends and family and grind yourself silly for minimum wage, then I promise there is a job for you. The tough part is finding the inner strength to keep pushing forward when everything sucks.
If you decide to enter the entertainment arena, you will need to have very specific goals. What do you want to accomplish? What is your plan for doing it? And are you willing to do the work?
The 5 Laws For Landing Film Industry Jobs
To help you on your journey, I am going to pass on some advice I was given. The following five laws have helped me succeed in the film industry jobs I landed. Hopefully this advice will help you too.
1. The person who fetches coffee today, will control the money tomorrow. Make sure the coffee is hot. Then treat everyone well!
2. If the call time is 7AM, arrive on location at 6:30AM
3. If the work feels overwhelming, ask for more work. Busy people are rewarded.
4. Your word and your work is your reputation. Do not violate this rule. If you agree to do something, you do it. No excuses.
5. If you turn down freelance work, always say: “I’m already booked.” Don’t talk about vacations or your need for time off. Otherwise, you’ll suddenly have more vacation than money!
Hopefully now you can go back to your search for film industry jobs with a little more direction. And if you’re interested in becoming a filmmaker, you should probably download my filmmaker checklist.