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#1 Max Gutfeld

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:54 AM

I am relatively new to working in the film industry. I have mostly done freelance PA and a little grip work. Winter is the slow season in Chicago, so recently I took a part-time job with a production company. I really like working for them, but I'm worried I am cutting myself off from the 'serious' freelance world. On one hand, it's an opportunity for me to use cameras (Canon C-series and occasionally Red) that I probably wouldn't otherwise have got just starting off freelancing. But on the other hand, I know tons more about lighting and gripology than them, and I'm just starting out. They really have a poor lighting setup, and I'm not sure when they will be improving it.

This company is still young, and they target a niche market. So I don't think there will be a lot of opportunity to make more industry contacts through them.

So, am I freaking out about nothing or ? A part of me says, get the experience with the cameras and I can find a way to return to freelancing in the future. But another part of me is worried that I am taking low-hanging fruit. I have a family and bills to pay, and this job is a bi-weekly paycheck. But maybe I should hold out for better freelacing gigs?

Sorry this is so long... thanks for any responses.
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#2 Seba Vuye

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:57 AM

Can you try to do both? Maybe they are ok with you working for them but occasionally leaving for freelance work. That happens at my school all the time, all my film teachers are freelancers and if they get a job, they are gone for weeks or longer and there is no class during that period.
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#3 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 12:04 PM

When starting out any regular work gives you a good base and if they've got the cameras you can experiment with them at no cost to yourself. Part time allows you to do freelance work during the other days.
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