Any recommendations on where to find steadicam work? Having issues with Indeed.com, Craig List, Simply Hired giving wrong job information and inconsistent updates on current work.
Where is the best production website to find steadicam jobs
Posted 23 November 2014 - 01:52 PM
I have to say this business is not that easy to find a website and find jobs from it. I am not trying to insult you but its harder than that to find work these days and I'm no expert certainly but if everyone is going to websites to find work you need to go the other direction (especially if it isn't working for you).
Post card mailers, mailing lists to production companies, the hard work of calling any one and everyone, production guide listings in your area and states around you; in a nutshell you've got to get creative. The reason no one else has responded is because no one else is going to give away their "tricks" because it gives away not only what works for them but may also help their competition.
Example; i have a good client now and a friend gaffer asked who I was working for lately, i said sorry not telling who I'm working for because in today's world any bit of info could work against me in ways I can't imagine but bottom line I'm not taking chances. I simply can't afford the chance.
I wish you good luck but honestly if you don't make it there are those who are here want only a small percentage to survive to compete me too included. This is just like every other business; you open a dry cleaners and the dry cleaners around you want you to fail, your job is to prove them wrong by being smart enough and good enough and have a little luck too but its about being scrapped off.
Every business is designed to scrap off some amount of the newbies, business is a pyramid.
i really do wish you well but its hard. (Sorry not trying to insult your intelligence for all this that you already know.)
So the answer to your original question is I don't know any websites that list jobs, even the union list is exactly what you describe, many bad numbers and out of date shows.
Buy your crew members in the area some beers and listen well.
Posted 23 November 2014 - 11:38 PM
Thanks Janice for your advice......Will keep working at it. Appreciate the tips.
Posted 13 December 2014 - 08:05 PM
Beer. Get to know the people in your area and become friends. I have been fortunate to get work from other operators here who pass off jobs to me and vice versa. Janice is right, it's a tough world. There is no easy way nor one way. Get creative.
Posted 14 December 2014 - 03:08 PM
Posted 14 December 2014 - 08:53 PM
I've never booked anything on Staffmeup.com, but you can try there..?
Posted 10 January 2015 - 02:53 AM
Thanks you guys for the tips. I will definitely keep working at the networking. I appreciate all the feed back. Hopefully this year will bring better luck.
Posted 10 January 2015 - 07:54 AM
Your best bet it a fellow op who gets is busy when a client calls him/her.
He/she says use this guy, and you're in.
State guides are good places to be listed and cheap or free.
As one op here said be the guy who you'd want to spend a day with.
I'm sure you'll do good in 2015.
Posted 17 January 2015 - 06:04 AM
Saw your post and really appreciate the feedback. Will def check in with my fellow operator friends and see what the new year brings.
As for the State Guides i am a bit lost and not sure what you are talking about?
Posted 17 January 2015 - 12:29 PM
I started out in a smaller market -- the steadicam op who had been there for years approached me and said I owed him a cut because he was there first. The beer/whiskey route didn't work with that guy...typical small town mentality, but seems most are pretty cool and like to share ideas (maybe not clients) and are smart enough to know having a back up in the vicinity and someone they can trust close by is a good thing
Posted 17 January 2015 - 01:11 PM
Most states have film offices that compile a list of crews and resources avail to filmmakers
Certainly bigger states have commercial guides that are cheap to list in or buy ad space
They are an easy way to get your avail and info out there
Posted 17 January 2015 - 11:33 PM
Thanks for the input. Will definitely give it a try Janice. Thanks.