Lately I’ve been working my ass of, trying to convince people, to let me work my ass off. I have been calling several different Productions, all week long. Basically, what I’ve come to realize over the past week, is that people (usually) don’t hire people they don’t already know. It’s becoming a real pain in the ass trying to get the position I want, especially when people hire the same crews over and over again — on every Production! Unfortunately, that old Hollywood adage still holds true – getting your foot in the door IS the hardest part.
Another thing I realized, is that trying to join a Union right out of school, is also a huge pain in the ass! I NEED to have some work experience, to be accepted by The Union… but I sorta’ need to be already accepted by The Union, before employers will hire me, for said work experience. Funny how that works, huh? So, on that note —-> I’ve also become aware of the fact that, just because a State is a Right-to-Work State, doesn’t actually mean someone will hire you, if you’re not Unionized. It might be illegal, but one Production came right out and told me that if I wasn’t in the Union, then they weren’t going to hire me. I’m sure I would love the Union if I was in it, but right now… it’s a fucking pain!
So, now that I’ve accepted the fact that I am not going to get the job I originally wanted, I’ve started re-applying to all the same productions for a Set P.A. position. Only to learn, that more than half of the Productions I applied too, are now totally crewed up! If you are planning on working in the Industry, I guarantee you will come to loathe the term “Crewed Up”. Every time you hear it, your immediate response will more then likely be the “f- word”… screamed at the top of your lungs… in complete anger and frustration. Just make sure you say it after you hang up the phone.
In other news, a short film that I recently wrote over the past few months is now being produced! I got to visit the set last night and it was pretty weird/amazing to witness my words being brought to life.
Now that I’m done with the short, I have finally started on my next feature, which is a little more innocent than my previous scripts. It’s kind of like How to Train Your Dragon meets E.T. and I’m writing it for animation, even though I know all the big animations guys (Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks… etc.) develop everything in-house. It’s a story I’m really passionate about, and if I do it well, I can at least use it to snag an agent’s or a producer’s attention.
I’ll keep posting every once in a while about the trials, troubles, and tribulations, that arise from my attempts at getting a job in the motherfraaaacking Movie Industry.
Oh, and look for a new script review coming soon! As well as a further detailed article on what I’ve learned while trying to find a job.