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Open Crew Calls

Steph writes in:

I was wondering if it was a bad idea to submit an Office PA resume/cover letter to an open crew call that says all positions welcome to apply. Or are they only wanting Set PA, Art PA inquiries? Keep up the amazing blog!

Truth be told, when you see an open call for “any” position, it’s probably a low budget production. A big production will hire experienced department heads who have a Rolodex1 full of crew they’ve worked with in the past. A lot of people have to be busy before the department heads start asking for resumes willy-nilly. And even then, it’s unlikely that every department will be on the hunt.

So, you’re almost certainly looking at an independent movie, maybe even a short film. If you have no experience, that’s probably fine. Just know what you’re getting into.

The hours will be long, because the director and producers will almost certainly screw up something important. The production will be understaffed, underfunded, and under equiped. You might not get overtime; you might not get paid at all.

This is what’s known as “paying your dues.”

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