“The richest people in the world look for and build Networks, everyone else looks for work.” – Robert Kiyosaki
If you are already in Film/TV Production then you know that most of your jobs will come by word of mouth. Reputation is everything in this industry and people talk. Keeping up good relationships with previous employers and co workers will assist you more than anything else when you are trying to get your next gig. But, what about when you are first getting started? How will you get your good name out there? Chances are you will need to start at the bottom like everyone else did and move up. Interning is a great way to get your face, resume and great work ethic out there for people to see. If interning is not an option for you then getting a paid job as a Clerk or Production Assistant is the next step. These are great positions to learn on that are essential to any project in the industry.
Where to find job listings and get your name out there:
You can advertise in the GA Sourcebook and if you are a Dues paying member of 161, make sure they know you are Atlanta local for their data base.
Georgia Film Commission – What better way to stay connected then to connect with our states Film Commission! Their Help Wanted hotline lists upcoming projects in the area and provides contact information.
Emily Rice “The LIST” - The LIST is a compilation of job listings created by Emily Rice for production accounting professionals in the entertainment industry that is updated daily and distributed through a Google Group. Types of Jobs posted: Production Accountants, Production Controllers, Estimators, 1st & 2nd Assistant Accountants, Payroll Accountants, Payroll Assistants, Clerks, Staff Accountants, and Finance positions. Some ancillary positions like Auditing or department accounting (SpFx, etc) are also posted.
Facebook Production Accounting groups – New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta have a Facebook page and post gigs and other issues important to those in Film/TV Production Accounting. At times the NY and LA groups will have postings looking for local staff if they know they are coming to Atlanta.
· New York: https://www.facebook.com/groups/143961440154/
· Los Angeles: https://www.facebook.com/groups/263105437134632/
In Atlanta, there are many Film/TV Networking groups. Visit them and see which is a good fit is for you, what you are trying to accomplish and what you can bring to the group. Bring business cards and a friendly attitude!
Georgia Production Partnership – The GPP is a great resource to network in the Atlanta area. They have monthly meetings and mixers where you can meet others involved with Film/TV in the area.
NAPA Mixers – These are put on quarterly and is a good place to come and network specifically with other people already in Production Accounting or trying to break in.
Meet-Up Groups – There are various meet up groups in the Atlanta area for Film & TV. Take a look around and see if they are something you want to be a part of!