I’ve called up everyone I know, even the ones I hate and swore I’d never work with again. I’m cruising all the usual websites, even my old alma mater’s job board (which never has anything good, despite being the oldest film school in the world).
I finally resorted to a tactic I absolutely loathe. I called every TV show I like, and asked if they had any open positions.
I don’t recommend it. I called fifteen shows in a row, and got fifteen straight rejections. I felt like I was single again.
Almost everyone said I could fax in my resume, and they’d keep it on file. I’ve filed hundreds of such resumes in my short career, and have never once opened up that binder to hire someone. I asked my boss, and she says she’s done it a couple times in her twenty year career, mostly for day players.
I’m going to start calling movies next, but I expect to have as much luck with film as TV. (By the way, the Hollywood Reporter‘s production listings tend to be more reliable than Variety‘s, but you have to have a subscription to see those online.)
I recently received an e-mail from a new website, called FiveSprockets.com. It seems to be a social networking site, along the lines of Trigger Street, but with job listings, too. Right now, though, the site is too new to have anything interesting up.
Speaking of networking sites, I found a Yahoo! group similar to the Google group I mentioned the other day. LA Producer is for “Los Angeles based Exec Producers, Line-Producers, UPMs and Production Supervisors or Coordinators.” Ask your coordinator friends to join, and reap the benefits of menial labor.
This anonymous blogress claims to have “Tales From the Bottom of the Film Business,” but my readers know this can’t true. Literally. Still, a very good read, and highly recommended.