few new guy questions
Posted 01 October 2006 - 01:10 AM
Another topic. I live in Florida. My brother who is a steadicam operator in California says that he is pretty sure i could find a bit of work here but that i should ask around to know for sure. Anyone out here in FL that can give me a first hand account of trying to find work?
Any other advice that anyone can give me, or any things that you guys think a new guy that doesn't know much should know, im listening. Thanks all.
Posted 02 October 2006 - 12:25 AM
Posted 02 October 2006 - 04:17 AM
First bit of advice is read the forum archives as much as possible, second bit of advice is take a workshop ASAP !
Can your brother not fill you in on all this ?
Posted 02 October 2006 - 01:03 PM
Posted 02 October 2006 - 02:10 PM
I sense you are looking for that magic crystal ball, to see if your efforts and financial outlay will pay dividends. If any of us had access to it, we probably wouldn't be hanging out on this forum.
To compare = despair. Don't worry about what everyone else is doing. They are not you and therefore you are destined for your own special path.
You will have to find a way of determining if this current direction is best for you. The best way to start to answer that is to take Matt's suggestion and take a workshop. If you read the archives this will be the most common response.
If you are visually inclined, somewhat athletic, and willing to do whatever it takes, then Steadicam might be an avenue you will enjoy.
There are no free rides... and no crystal balls!
Posted 02 October 2006 - 03:09 PM
Welcome to the forum.
I agree with Will and Matt. I would ask your brother about things that worked for him in CA, and adapt them to your market, and spend as much time as you can reading the posts. (just ignore the random rude, demeaning ones...=)
I'm in a small market. I think there is one, maybe two other rigs in my town. One to a company that hasn't used it more than 5 times in as many years, and the other belongs to a film school I'm friends with, and teach beginner steadicam at.
For me, I looked at my market, talked to people, production companys, and realised that I might have to show people what a steadicam does, how it can be worth the extra money, and go from there. I knew (know) that I won't retire from the work that will come out of east tennessee. But that works fine for me. I can do other work as well as steadicam, and might move to a larger market later on.
I bought my rig (a 10yr old EFP) from a friend, and have been making upgrades to it as the jobs bring in enough money to pay for them. It's one way to get going, and work into a nice rig if you don't want to drop $50-80K on equipment you are not totally sure how quickly work will come.
I've been to two workshops in 2 years, and learned LOTS both times. I'm still a beginner though. The rest of what I've learned has come from reading, messing up, and bugging more experienced operators, who surprisingly enough...became friends.=) *waves to friends*
Hope that helps some.
BTW, 65 views might be a quick look, then a run to do something views. Not 65 deep contemplative views.
Posted 03 October 2006 - 01:31 PM