April 30, 2015 at 4:11PM

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Best work for a filmmaker?

Hi! I wanted to earn while doing films, or do both at the same time. What's the best job for a filmmaker? Eyeing for an advertising agency as a workplace but confused if I can shoot films/commercials with the job.

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Most ad agencies hire out for video production ( no staff positions ), but some large companies and hospitals have an in-house education and training department that shoots video. ( not the most exciting work, but it pays the bills )

May 1, 2015 at 8:57AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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That's what we all want. However experience has taught me "the Fun work don't pay,The paid work is not fun (mostly, sometimes it's fun)". The key is to find the paid job you don't mind doing. So look at jobs and one will stick out as something you can do. Wish you Good Luck!

May 2, 2015 at 1:25PM

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Luna Videography
Videographer
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The trick is to make the paid work fun :-)

WalterBrokx

May 4, 2015 at 4:33AM

Try to take something which interests you, but also don't be too picky. Build up your experience so that more doors begin to open for you!

May 4, 2015 at 1:29PM

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Santi Casado
Video Maker
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Get a boring job like night security. Shoot your own projects during the day, do post at night. Then if you get good skills, maybe... :)

May 5, 2015 at 9:47AM, Edited May 5, 9:50AM

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Vladimir Pcholkin
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Film unfortunately has plenty of gate keepers for those looking to become part of that industry. The only way these gate keepers will have you or anyone else pass through is by proving yourself. I have heard stories from producers, of staffers who literally walked in one day and said how can I work here. They handed them a list of contracts needed to be signed, and they went and did it. What ever part of the industry you want to join remember it is about proving your skills to that gate keeper. Ever opportunity is crucial, even the opportunities that do not work out.

If you are looking for a job in production you need to work at a production company. There are data bases for you to find your local production companies. My suggestion when you find them is to go in ( nicely dressed) and say how can I work here. No production company may be hiring. So volunteer get your name out there. If you can not volunteer make your own bloody production company. There are endless possibilities to make a career, you just need to learn where to look.

May 6, 2015 at 6:25PM

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Jesse Cardoza
D.o.P./ Camera Department/Gaffer/Multimedia Producer
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