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#1 Steven P. Denny

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Posted 28 October 2016 - 01:29 PM

For years I said I would never "chase the work".  However, the incentives have bottomed out here in Texas and production is damn near non-existent.

 

Just looking for ya'lls thoughts; pro and con.  How would you approach and plan for this desperate choice?

 

I'm considering leaving my family here in Austin, moving into a crappy, cheap apartment outside Atlanta to see If I can't land a few operating jobs in the next few months.

 

An AD friend of mine, who relocated from Austin to Georgia several months ago, wrote me last night and said:  "You should come this way.  It’s a bounty unlike anything you have ever seen.  Camera is always in demand as there is a shortage.  Currently we have 41 shows going on here simultaneously.  A new show lands and inquires about every 3 to 5 days."

 

If I remember, isn't there a "grace period" under the IATSE Local 600 bylaws that says when one relocates, you cannot do union work for a certain number of weeks/months?  Does anyone know what that time frame is?

 

Any insight or experience with this topic will be appreciated.

 

Thank y'all...

 

Steve


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#2 JD Hartman

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Posted 28 October 2016 - 02:38 PM

Thought Georgia was a right-to-work state.  No unions.


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#3 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 28 October 2016 - 03:53 PM

You don't have to re-locate do you? Just keep your Texas license and address for now and find work first. Once you've settled, then you can figure out a more permanent residence. I know many people from Los Angeles whose families are here, but they live out of a suitcase 6 months of the year on location. Not an ideal situation, but there is absolutely a need for good workers in Georgia right now, according to my friends.

The other option is New Mexico, there are quite a few productions shooting there as well and it's a bit closer to Texas.

Chasing work is always a problem, but if the position you currently work is important to you, then you've gotta go where that position is needed.
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