Don't Quit Your Day Job...
Posted 12 April 2006 - 04:46 PM
Posted 12 April 2006 - 04:52 PM
Posted 12 April 2006 - 04:59 PM
Many people try to get work within the industry, so they can both earn an income and make contacts at the same time. There's no one method that works for everyone. Good luck!
Posted 12 April 2006 - 10:27 PM
I work at an UPSCALE hotel at the front desk. It's a pretty mindless job and you get used to a whole bunch of snotty millionaires yelling at you pretty quick. After all that, you get to meet a whole bunch of cool industry people, I've met, Spike Jonze, George Lucas, Mischa Barton, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, DL Hughley, and a crap load of DP's, Directors and Industry People. I just keep a DVD on hand to slip under a door and some party favors for celebs so you're always the cool guy. Plus and I can pull a K in two weeks if I work hard and I'm still in school, with no prior experiance in hotels. I work in SF, but check out the Mondrian in LA, or the Hudson in New York. Places like that are a shoe in to make connections. All the extra money pays for my film and half the people i work with are aspiring actors.
Wait tables or bar tend in a High scale place, this takes experiance, but you can make more money than I can dream of.
either way, don't work in Dive bars or Motel 8's, you're not going to meet many people with a foot in the industry there.
Look up to where you want to be and put yourself there. Even in the mail room.
Posted 15 April 2006 - 08:04 AM
Your darn right I'm bitter. I spent a lot of time trying to improve as an artisan, tearing up my body hauling gear, putting up with "talented producers" who saw everything they did as brilliant, to go down without a complaint.
The one other thing to be afraid of, is getting too comfortable in what your doing for a living. I didn't take advantage of several opportunities simply because I had grown comfortable with the steady pay check. Before you know it, a decade will have passed, with you no closer to your goals.
Edited by Dean, 15 April 2006 - 08:05 AM.
Posted 15 April 2006 - 09:11 AM
I have been running a production company with my partner out of toroto ontario canada for about 9 months now, we have made maybe 3 grand throughout that time and have mostly lived on loans, selling off old items not needed anymore and changing lifestyles to be able to live much cheaper. Thanks to this i am a non smoker now and can't remember the last time i wasted a cent. Also, because we have not taken day jobs we have been able to take every little volunteer and low paying job that has come around, now at the start of our first summer as a formed company we are on the verge of making money and at what we want. it just took nearly a year of suffering, argueing and starving.
My advice is to not get your cushy job, do whatever you can to stay away from that as long as you can... your not on this career path because it is easy or because there is no competition, but because it is somthing that you are passionate about and need to be doing. I can't even imagine what would have happened to me if I hadda taken the truck driving job I was thinking of instead of going to film school and starting a company.
a few tips to the starving film maker who chooses to tough it out and not pour half their time and blood into "mindless" occupations.
Food banks don't ID
No one really cares if you shoplift toilet paper (in fact they deep down want you to)
smoking sucks anyways
just my silly opinion,
Posted 15 April 2006 - 09:42 AM
Don't hate me because I use a light meter
Edited by Dean, 15 April 2006 - 09:44 AM.