Avoid the “Scarcity Mindset!” in the film industry. The scarcity mindset happens when your career depends on one professional. The film industry is a freelance business. The better you network, the more career progression you will have. Build genuine relationships and friendships with other film professionals for successful networking.
Here’s an example of when you can find your career stunted. You work with a production company and that’s all you know. The person who hired you moves up into another position. They then bring in a new producer and the person they hire may not be you. You’re out of a job. Worse, you’ve stunted your career because that producer who moved up was your connection.
This is what we mean by the scarcity mindset. You don’t develop the connections you need to ensure job stability. This is a freelance business. People change jobs all of the time. The last thing you want to do is get complacent and comfortable with the job you’re at.
You want to be working all of the time. If you network the right way, the gigs will come to you. The film industry is a freelance business that thrives on relationships. Cast a wide net of professionals and you will have job stability.
Cast your net wide and far to get on set. Once you’re on set, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and talk with people who can teach you your craft. You’ll continue to network. As you move into your specialty, you’ll have more and more opportunities to meet the people you admire.
It’s not about making connections to get what you want, though. Professionals can tell when you want something from them. To cast your net wide, you need to be authentically interested in the work they’re doing. The film industry thrives on friendships.
It’s a great business to work in. The people you most admire can become your friends and colleagues too. You can get to do the creative work you always dreamed of. You’ve cast your net far and wide, so you have job stability because the work finds you.
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Here’s what you’ll learn in this workshop:
- Freelance work you can be doing online to gain acting, VO, singing, camera, and writing experience for your resume, so you can hit the ground running when the business resumes. (It’s going to be gangbusters in 1-2 months from now!)
- Use this time to work on yourself – Overcome fear and doubt so you can put yourself out there and get working!
- What you NEED to focus on right now, first, second, third to make real progress in the next 2 months towards your PROFESSIONAL career.