Kyle writes in:
I recently stumbled across your blog and have really enjoyed the reading. I have a few questions I was hoping you might give some advice on. I have interned as a P.A. on a few different occasions for editing studios in Atlanta, Ga. However, now that I have graduated I am finding it extremely difficult to find any production jobs (I found it easier as a student). Maybe I am going about this the wrong way, do you have any advice? Should I pursue a larger market than Atlanta?
Hard to say.
I don’t know if you’re going about it “the wrong way.” Times are tough all over; you may just be yet another victim of the economic downturn.
Atlanta has a fairly large production base. Ted Turner’s companies are there, and Tyler Perry just built a fancy new studio. I’m sure there are a bunch of smaller, local companies there, too.
But that it doesn’t come close to what we’ve got in Los Angeles. We have thousands of productions companies. You could make a whole career and earn a pretty good living working for production companies nobody’s ever heard of. Even with all the runaway production, no where else in the world has the film community we have, outside of possibly Mumbai.
That being said, there are a lot of people out of work here, too. You can’t expect to get a job right away.
I assume you made some connections during your internships? Why not use those to your advantage? You’ll be starting from scratch here. It’s tough all over, and you should use an advantage you can get.