Know the plan if you’re in a minor market and want to DP. Minor markets are a great place to begin a career in film. You’ll be getting experience as a production assistant, which will ready you for the big leagues of the film industry.
Many people chase their dreams of working in the film industry. They pack their bags and move to one of the big cities like Los Angeles. When they get there, they expect they are going to succeed. People who don’t have inside connections in the major markets often remain on the outside.
If you’re in a minor market and you want to DP, you might be in the perfect place. Minor markets are accessible markets. You can make the connections and learn the skills on sets. When you go to the big city, you’ll have the connections and know-how to DP.
What market are you in?
Many professionals in your area are often from the big cities or connected to people in them.
You can start working on a set in your city as a production assistant. Most people in this industry starts out in this job. The production assistant acts as the support for the entire production. This is where you can get the opportunity to see the set in action. Most people will understand you are there to learn, and you will have opportunities to work in the camera department.
You can plant the seeds of success for the big market while you’re working as a camera production assistant and second assistant camera.
This is how many people get seen as part of the team. DP work is often filled on the inside, through connections, and you’ll have those connections. Within a couple of months, you’ll be ready to go to the big city with your connections.
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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.