Work Full time for small production house in Orlando, FL.
How much set experience do you have? If its only a little I would try to get some set experience by doing PA work in the department you want to work in, which for you would be camera and grip. Heard this great little nugget on set the other day. PA stands for Pay Attention. When you have the opportunity to PA be the best damn PA you can be, get there early, be super helpful, leave late, always be humble. People will remember you and want you around which in turn will get you on set more often and in a position to get into the department you really want to be in. Oh and dont buy lights, rent or borrow for now. When you buy you almost never have what others want/need.
The current release is pretty stable, I think they are never going to officially call it stable because they would then be responsible for any wackiness that COULD happen. I haven't read or heard of ANY bricked or damaged cameras in any of the recent nightly builds.
I thought the same thing until a few days ago but then I discovered MLRawViewer. Super simple to view and Export raw clips.
Hell I've had more problems from official DJI firmwares than I have ever had with ML