I'm not sure what my next career step should be. My goal is to be a freelance camera operator on independent features, music videos, commercials and documentary (eventually DP, but I still have a lot to learn to get there). Right now, I am producing and shooting ultra low-budget short films, music videos and events (concerts, weddings, etc.) with a DVX100a. While I've shot 2 features, 8 or so short films and numerous events, all I have ever used have been pro-sumer 3ccd cams (GL2/XL2, DVX100, PD170). I want to get work on higher-end productions using higher-end cameras. How should I orient my resume to get there? Should I say I'm a camera operator when I've never touched a camera that cost more than $3000? Or should I apply for an AC or camera PA position (or would my resume look like I'm over-qualified as everyting I've done has been camera op, but on low-budget productions?)
I'm working on updating my resume and applying for work in a larger market (Chicago), so I want to make sure my resume is the best it can be. I don't want to turn people off by calling myself a camera operator (without having proficiency on ENG-style cameras), but I also don't want to sell myself short by applying for PA jobs, however, if I need to start as a PA, so be it.
I've attached my resume for any who want to take a look and lend some advice.
Thanks in advance for any assistance.