Who Hires Someone With No Experience?

Megan, who wrote in last week, has an interesting follow-up:

You were right, I don’t have much experience. So far just one 3-day shoot for a low budget independent film and a few other things I did on my own while in school. Are there specific types of projects that are more likely to hire someone with limited experience, or is it all just an ‘apply and see what happens’ kind of deal?

If you have no experience (and, by the way, your short films don’t count as experience), a network show or a big budget feature is unlikely to hire you. There are too many experienced production assistants out there. Hell, the way things are going now, I know 2nd ADs who are taking PA jobs just to make money.

On the other hand, it never hurts to try. Send your resume and cover letter to anyone and everyone you can. Who knows? You might get lucky.

But like you might assume, the lower the budget, the more likely they are to hire someone with no experience. And as I’ve said before, low and no budget production are the best way to meet people.

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On a completely unrelated note, I commented on Larry Miller’s blog yesterday, and he responded in today’s post!  It’s an interesting piece about exclamation points.  No, really.

I’m particularly excited, since I couldn’t bring myself to talk to Miller when I had a chance to meet him in person.

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