Jobs in the Entertainment Industry, A list of up to date job sites (last updated Summer 2017) and advice on how to apply for film production jobs online. Download the updated list below.
My experience applying to film jobs
It was 2008 when I first started to look for work in the film industry. The great recession had just sprang and normal jobs were hard to come by. The film industry however was booming, more films were made between 2008-2012 than at any other time in history and it may stay the highest point of film production for a long time. Filmmakers of this world where going through the Digital revolution, the DSLR craze and jumping onto the Crowdfunding bandwagon. It felt that everyone back then was making a film.
Things change fast in the world of film, especially with how to apply to jobs online, with new sites being created and removed every few months. This list will be updated regularly.
UK PAID Shooting people -My first job in film -The talent manager -Productionbase UK FREE Creative England BBC career -The call sheet , The unit list 4rfv- Mediarg - Searchlight recruitment , Arts jobs , The TV collective Grapevine jobs Talent bases
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Use social media to your advantage. Get good with Google search – bookmark careers sections on production company websites and check back every month, search specifically for job roles, Make it easy for people to find you and see your showreel online. Keep in touch with the crew you work with.
How to find film production jobs online
You must be persistent. Expect to get 1 out of every 10 jobs you apply for when you are first starting out. I have created a free email course How to find work in the Film Industry with more detailed advice on how to find film work.
Make sure your CV is in the correct format, ideally have some experience credits already listed (you can place student films onto your CV). Find at least 5 websites that advertise jobs in your location, find production companies that you would like to work with, follow them on social media, bookmark their career pages. Set yourself a goal, such as apply for 5 jobs a week.
The main reasons people struggle to find film work
- They have not defined there job role. You are not a one man film crew, what is your job going to be on set, head towards where your skills lie.
- They do not have any relevant experience. Try to list 5 credits onto your CV within that one specific job role. If you can not you may need to do some free/student work
- They are not prepared to travel. Any major city in the world will have film work. Being open for travel will bring you more work in the long run.
- They are not applying to enough jobs. You're going to have to search and apply every week for work at first, until you have made contacts in this industry you need to keep putting yourself out there.
It won't be easy to land your first few film production jobs, when you don't have contacts applying online will be the simplest way to do it. After a year you will start to get called up with job offers. Get yourself into the habit of applying every week, every day and in time your work will be consistent.
I hope this has been helpful. Are there any film production job sites that you would recommend? How do you find film jobs yourself feel free to share below.