6 Ways to get more work on set.
Working in film is touch day to day. But it’s even harder when you’re starting out in industry and trying to get your hands on more jobs. It often seems like there’s just nothing out there and everything you do just doesn’t lead to you being on set.
However there are a handful of methods, some obvious, some a little more unique that will help you start getting those offers more frequently. Get in the habit of doing a mixture of the following and you’ll be super busy no time.
1. Ask friends.
Very obvious I know. If you’re a film school grad or student just keep your ears out to your network to see who is landing jobs on set. Especially people in different roles, as someone in camera department may have made a connection in production on their last job they can put you in touch with. This is an ongoing process so just be well networked with those in your friends group that are in industry to try and get more offers on the table. The important thing to remember is no one likes that guy who never speaks to them then pops up 6 months down the line asking for work. You want to be fresh in people’s minds when that one of slot appears on a shooting team.
2. Use Facebook
While the film crew Facebook groups can often be hit and miss, they are brimming with good opportunities from time to time. We’re not saying sit around on Facebook all day but do be aware of the film crew groups on there and check regularly for opportunities.
3. Make contact
This means more than emailing the 5 production contacts your friend gave you. Be proactive and creative. Look at who has posted jobs looking for crew on Facebook in the past and get in touch with a CV and cover letter. Check all your old call sheets for production and AD contacts who you may have forgotten to follow up on and see if they have any projects going. Often they won’t but again, you want to be right there when they’re looking for someone to fill a slot. Don’t be afraid to make a cold call, it’s far more likely to get a response than sending an email and if you’re polite and prompt, most people will respect your hustle, and more importantly remember you over anyone that emailed in.
4. Don’t give up.
This really is a numbers game. Because you’ve sent 50 emails asking for work with no response doesn’t mean you’re never going to get one. It just means you haven’t worked out your ratio. You might find that you land 1 job for every 51 emails you send. Don’t stop until you get one, then you can work backwards to determine how many you need to send to get what you want. If that means to land 4 days on set you need to send 100 emails and make 10 calls a week then that’s just what you have to do to get started. Trust us it get’s easier once you get those first jobs moving.
5. Follow up!
This is the most important thing you could possibly do. Once you land a new gig and do an awesome job, don’t kick back and think everyone will love you forever and phone will ring non stop. These relationships need maintenance. Email the ADs and production to say thank you and you’d love to work together again. If you don’t hear back in a week or two just drop them another message to say “let’s keep in touch and let me know if there’s any more work opportunities”. I can’t stress this enough, the AD is much more likely to call the person who did a good job last week who emailed than the guy who did a good job last month and didn’t.
6. Sign up for CrewDo.
Hey, you should be doing all the above regardless. However if you want the work to come to you, CrewDo sends jobs to runners and camera crew directly and instantly as a text message as soon as production is in need. Just indicate whether you’re interested for the production to get your details. No cover letters or long emails required.
I hope these tips will have you on the road to being very busy, sleep deprived and well paid crew!