October 13, 2014 at 9:15AM


Production Industry

I know many of you are experienced professional already grounded in the film industry. From someone just breaking into it, what is your advice on how to enter the industry in order to get hands on production experience?

I've been told numerous times about the entry level positions in LA, which end in years of coffee runs and paperwork, but is there another way to tackle this industry?


I am an editor with years of experience working mainly on tv commercials and music videos. My first job out of college was working in shipping and receiving at a dupe house. I worked my way up from there. Get a job doing whatever, after a while start playing with the equipment after work, move on from there. If you get a job as a runner, be the best runner and things will happen for you.

Otherwise, get a job and invest your earnings into buying a camera, lenses, lights, read books, take night classes (community colleges sometimes have video production classes on offer), join groups and clubs in your area and really put effort into learning the skills for the what you want to do and do it.

Try to be around people smarter than you and listen to what they say and learn from them.

If this were an easy industry everyone would do it. But its not. You have to work hard at whatever you do and invest in yourself.

*tips hat and steps down from his apple box*

October 14, 2014 at 5:07PM, Edited October 14, 5:07PM

Kevin Greene

...I totally agree with Kevin's comment about getting a regular job and spending your free time working on your own or other people's Indie projects. Aim to produce a high quality finished product, which usually means working with talented people that you can learn from, or be prepared to learn from your own mistakes and keeping pushing forward until your own work is at the level you want to achieve.

"Joe" jobs in the feature world won't lead anywhere compared to working on Indie projects where you can let your talent shine. ( assuming you are prepared for the amount of hard work it takes to get to this level )

Also, you need to figure out what you really want to do, as very few people can be great at everything, so you need to focus on what you can do best.

October 15, 2014 at 8:10PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

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