February 10, 2015 at 11:39AM
Finding Jobs and filling Positions with social media
A couple years ago, I was rig gaffing Disney's Earth to Echo and ran into a staffing problem. It was a tier 3 show, which means it was one step below scale in the union world, so not terrible pay but not the best, plus the town was busy. This caused the job to become a revolving door of electricians, as people took other work or had to take days off. This is normal, but I was having a hard time keeping up with different crew members ever-changing schedules. People would tell me they were already booked on jobs the following week but then they would find out later the other job cancelled. I would not ask about their availability for the following week because why would I? They told me they were all ready booked. I would find out, later of course, they had been available.
Then I got to thinking, wouldn't it be great if on Facebook you could change your work status, just like your relationship status. So now not only would I know you are in a complicated open relationship with your cat...I hope you two figure it out, I could also see if you are available for work tomorrow.
DayPlayerApp.com is an attempt to do just that. It correlates with your Facebook friends list, and lets you know which ones are available for work. You and your friends can sign in and change your status to "available", or "not available" and your friends are informed of this when they are looking for crew. There are instructional videos below.
DayPlayerApp.com how to
Let me know what you think.