John writes in with a few questions:
Should I find out who the production coordinator is before I start sending out cover letters?
I graduated film school but have no paying job experience or internships. I’m twenty-four, am I too old to start taking Craigslist listings and no-pay jobs to just get contacts? Where to go from here?
Also, you wrote on your “Joblist” to not call any production to follow up about submitting a resume. Is that standard procedure for job hunting?
I’ve probably covered all of these at different times, but it’s worth answering these again.
You should always do your best to address whoever you’re writing by name. Sometimes the name is listed on the job posting; sometimes you can figure it out through context clues and IMDb. But that’s not always trustworthy, so be careful.
If you can’t find the name for whatever reason, a simple, friendly salutation will do.
24 is not too old. At least, it wasn’t for me; that was how old I was the first time I set foot on a non-film school set. You might be a year or two older than some of the PAs, and may even be the same age as a department head or two (depending on how low-budget we’re talking).
Everyone’s career advances at a different pace. Try not to compare yourself to others around you. That way leads to madness.
In this Industry, it is not standard to follow up after simply submitting a resume. After an interview, or after just meeting someone in the real world for the first time, by all means, follow up. A kind note is never remiss. A hand-written one will make you stand out.
But if you’re one of a hundred resumes? They ain’t got time for multiple emails per person. Best case scenario is that they ignore the second email. Worst case is that you annoy them, and they cut you from the list.