Social media for filmmakers
I was late to get the internet, we only got a family computer when I was 14 and a I bought personal laptop when I was 20. When I first started to look for film jobs I had no idea how useful the internet could be for finding film jobs online.
I have written a list below full of ideas on how to use the internet to your advantage. Self-promotion is easier now more than ever. These techniques have worked for me and I have found around 3 jobs online this way. There is a film network out there that can be tapped into. Don’t forget to make it easy for you to be hired online.
Getting set up
Which social media? I find Facebook and twitter to currently be the best Social media for filmmakers due to their search bars and ability to place links into profiles
Make sure you have a photo of your face for the profile picture (I do not follow companies or people that have graphics as profile photos – it can look spammy). The same profile picture should be used throughout all of your social media networks.
A small description should explain what your job is on your profile. It is important to spell your job title correctly and put the city you work in. Profile descriptions are searchable via google.
Link your profile to a personal website which showcases your work (if you are a dop or director for instance). Or perhaps even better to a place where you’re CV can be read online.
Use the search bar to find jobs on Facebook and twitter. I have found jobs before by simple typing my job title into the twitter search bar. Think of a social media search bar just like a Google search bar. Search for jobs and use keywords that surround your job title
e.g. I typed in – runner, job, film, London – into twitter –
On Facebook there are groups where jobs can be found. It is becoming more common now for business to use Facebook groups to create communities. By searching through facebook I have found Gems Agency and TV Runners Good keywords to use – your job title, your city, film work, film jobs. Have a search for yourself see what groups are active near you.
You must promote your work online and keep reminding people of what you do. It is all about self-promotion. The internet updates fast, you read a post then it disappears forever. Remind people every week of what you do and what type of work you are looking for. Sharing links to projects that you have worked on and on set photos is an easy way to use social media for filmmakers.
The aim is to not let people forget about you and your work.
A few years ago I used to regularly work on film sets and I still stay in touch with crew I worked with via social media. Consider this when you are working on your next film set follow members of the cast and crew via social media. This is an easy, acceptable and non-intrusive way of keeping in touch with new contacts. Especially as a freelancer when you are meeting new people all the time, don’t lose the contacts that you make project to project.
Begging for jobs, bombarding people with messages is not good etiquette. Applying for a job through social media is the same as applying to any job. Messages are the same as a cover letter – keep them short, polite and friendly.
1. Make sure your profile photo is of you, ideally a photo of your face. 2. Write your job (or the job title you are pursuing) in to the profile description. 3. Profile links should link to your own website or to your CV. 4.Use search bars on social media to search for jobs like you would use Google. 5. Keep in touch with film crew you work with by following on social media 6.Be polite when applying to jobs online, treat as if applying to any other job.
These may seem like simple ideas but they do work. Things as simple as the right profile picture and being polite will set you apart from most people out there from the start. This is how social media for filmmakers used correctly can help with finding film jobs.