Anonymous asked:Hi I'm interested in being an on set production assistant,do you have any tips on getting started?
Awesome. Well let’s look at where you live, this will help determine where to start. If you live in the butt-f of nowhere, it’d be best to move to a metropolitan city. (I heard Atlanta is booming, btw.) No need to up yourself across the country but to a major city where work can be found would be best.
If you don’t know anybody in the industry or don’t have a friend who has a third cousin whose ex-wife’s brother-in-law’s daughter is, then the internet is your new found agent/friend! There’s the typical “work for us and we’ll overwork you with no pay” Craigslist, the “we’re working on our thesis and need help” Mandy, the “we’re very professional but you gotta pay up to get all the benefits” StaffMeUp, and there’s Facebook.
Yes, that’s right, Facebook (now you HAVE to make one). Don’t get me wrong, I’ve gotten jobs from the other sites but I feel that Facebook can also serve as a free Networking Tool. Also a lot of employers are looking at our social media now before they hire (which I hate). So make sure you keep it clean as best as possible.
Below are some really great Facebook Groups to follow/like.
FilmIndustryLA [Closed Group] - Originated on Reddit as r/filmindustryLA is now a networking group on Facebook. There are posts for jobs, services, equipment, and articles which can become very cluttered.
Freelance Filmmakers [Closed Group] - There are posts about open jobs, promotions for other projects, and film-related articles. If you’re lucky and live in the LA area, the admin hosts networking events which are always nice.
I NEED CREW [Closed Group] - Job postings for below-the-line crew positions in film/tv/theatre from all over. The admin has been tightening down on posts, which is good. But you’ll always end up with stupid notifications at times.
USA - West Coast Production Hub [Open Group] - Focuses on Jobs in the West Coast (duh) and filters out all of the other crap. The admin actually does a decent job at monitoring so we don’t get stupid notifications.
There are TONS more that I just don’t have access to or find them not worth my time. You can go on a crazy Facebook search by just looking up words such as film making, movie, production assistant, etc. You’re bound to come up with something that will land you a good PA gig with good people who are paying you what you’re worth.
But make sure you check at least a few times a week and don’t be afraid to reach out to people. In some groups you can even post that you’re looking for a job, though make sure you’re posting in the right group. All of these groups have rules, make sure you follow them or else you might get banned. (This also shows that you aren’t good at following directions, so no one wants to hire you.)
I hope this helps. Good Luck!