Hey everyone! Quick question.
I recently moved to LA (trying to pursue either Camera Assisting or DIT work) after doing the equivalent of those jobs in Colorado for about 3 years.
I don't have very many contacts out here so I have been trying to figure out the best way to get connected other than seeking out work in rental houses (which I am pursuing as well). My question is about the appropriateness of cold emailing/cold contacting. I emailed a DIT that I follow on instagram (used the email he had on his website) asking if we could maybe meet up sometime and got the following response:
"First rule, most folks in the camera dept don’t like cold emails. Tends to leave a bad taste. Try a different route or try commercial folks or agency’s as a PA. If your interested in the camera dept then try to setup an appointment at Local 600 to learn what you can. Most my features are out of the country these days so I will be of little help."
After reading back over the email I sent him it did seem like I was asking for a job on the next feature he had.
Is cold contacting people a big thing that you shouldn't do? I do understand most people are not to keen to share their knowledge with some random person, especially out here.
My intention is not to ask for jobs but simply to hear stories and experiences from people who are doing what I am aiming to do. Is their a better way to go about this other than cold emailing? Or do I just need to word things better?