February 6, 2015 at 10:26PM

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How to get started in Freelance?

Hey Guys and Gals,

I am looking for some help. I am currently living in the Atllanta, GA area and want to be a full-time filmmaker. Before I get there though I am working as a Freelance Cinematographer/Editor, but am having a hard time finding work. How have some of you started out as a freelancers? Where should I look for those beginning projects? What type of gear did you start on?

All the help/advice is much appreciated.

Thanks,
Kyle

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Getting hooked up with a local staffing agency that caters to creatives in the area is a good start. Every major city will have them. They'll take their cut, but you'll get jobs and make contacts. Hooking up with groups/clubs in the area is another way. I haven't feelanced in a long time but the same rules hold true...its all about who you know. If no one knows you, who's going to hire you=)

When we need contractors we use --> https://www.creativecircle.com/Talent.aspx
They have an office in Atlanta.

February 8, 2015 at 12:30PM

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Josh.R
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Thanks for the input! I had not thought about staffing agencies. I'll take a look at some in the area.

I do have a question for you. Did you ever find the door-to-door/cold call approach of finding clients to be successful?

February 8, 2015 at 3:43PM, Edited February 8, 3:43PM

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Kyle Acker
Cinematographer/ Video Editor
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Just showing up doesn't seem like a viable option anymore. Can't see an agency or any internal corporate dept. seeing anyone out of the blue. If someone reached out and made an awesome impression on one of us, and we had the time, we wouldn't push someone away if they wanted to come in and chat. We get random emails from people looking for work on occasion. HR and legal only want us going through creative staffing agencies now. If we were interested in someone who cold called us, we'd just tell them to get hooked up with the staffing agency so we could hire them.

Josh.R

February 10, 2015 at 11:57PM, Edited February 10, 11:57PM

What kind of jobs are you looking for? Corporate?
What did you already do about networking?

There must be business clubs like BNI. Maybe an open coffee. Etc.
Places to make connections if you are looking for corporate jobs.

February 9, 2015 at 8:39AM

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WalterBrokx
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Well I'm still a young Cinematographer so I'm open to finding what type of work I'm passionate about. I have done some corporate, product, local TV, and filmmaking as a DOP. My goal is to be a DOP full-time, but that is a long term goal.

As far as networking. I have reached out through email to local production houses and studios, to realtors, and to people in the TV industry. It has gained me some connections, but none of the work offers have panned out. I'm just having a hard time getting any traction and was wondering if I should change my approach.

I will look into your suggestions. Thanks for the input on this and as for the gear I understand. Different world not when it comes to cameras.

Kyle Acker

February 10, 2015 at 9:28PM

Making connections through email is relatively easy, but people still do business with people, so I'd really go for networking in real life.
I'm a member of a few networking groups: a group for starting entrepeneurs (because I wanted to learn more about the business side: they have great spreakers about related subject AND you'll find out that a lot of your questions are the same for everyone who is starting a business PLUS it helped me to start a network, which has led to a few jobs in the past years.) and a business club at the local World Trade Center (the members are a mixture of new and old companies/people).

Go there with the intention to meet people and make connections.
If you are going there to hard sell, it might be a disappointment.
Always follow up after you met someone. Make them a connection first, a fan later and hopefully an ambassador recommending you in their network.

WalterBrokx

February 16, 2015 at 5:26AM

To answer your other questions: I started my own business 8 years ago, so comparing gear would be silly: it was still the preDSLR era, HDV was just emerging and looked awefull and most things were shot on miniDV.
But I had my own camera, tripod, microphone and computer to edit on. From the first money I upgraded my tripod, invested in lavs.

February 9, 2015 at 12:32PM

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WalterBrokx
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I started a Web App with this in mind a little while back. It is designed to help you maximize the resources you already help you grow from those.

http://nofilmschool.com/boards/discussions/finding-jobs-and-filling-posi...

February 11, 2015 at 2:29AM

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Jeffrey Siljenberg
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