I've been doing low-level/unpaid gaffing for about three years now and its to the point where I either need to get a full-time job or up my production level to work on paid productions. I don't own equipment packages as I usually rent from one of the rental houses that I have good reputations with so its hard for me to rent myself out with equipment. I've tried cold-calling a few production companies and have always gotten promise of work but never any follow up.
Does anyone have any advice for finding work in a place other than NYC or LA? Any advice for someone trying to get into G&E full time?