I recently graduated college, during which I had internships on the corporate side of three different television stations (all headquartered in NYC). Since graduating, I’m looking to move into the production side but don’t have the contact base required, since the stations outsourced to external production houses.
Through some serious stalking, I uncovered the email addresses of several AD’s who shoot primarily in NY. The issue is that the email addresses aren’t work-related – i.e. one of them is for the AD’s extracurricular band. Do you think it’s completely unprofessional if I reach out for a job this way?
While it’s not unusual for people to use their personal emails for work, that doesn’t mean they want unsolicited emails from strangers. You even said you had to do some “serious stalking.” It’s not like these ADs have their email address on the navigation bar of their websites, under “Do you have a question? A story you’d like to share? Maybe a complaint? E-mail me.”
The only exception I can think of is if it’s clearly a work-only email. Something that ends in, say, cbs.com or warnerbrothers.com. In that case, it’s probably okay to send something like,
Hi, AD X.
I’m a recent graduate of Film School X. I have interned at WXYZ, WZYX, and WYXZ. My goal is to move into production. If you have any openings on your show, even as a day player, I hope you will consider me.
I’ve attached my resume for your convenience.
Don’t expect a response anytime soon. ADs aren’t big on higher PAs without recommendations.
Even though your stations outsourced everything, someone there must know someone in production. Maybe not directly, but a friend of a friend of a friend. All you have to do is ask.
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