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Apr 11 2018

Fitting In to the Freelance Recruiting Process

Imagine a full production or post production team is a jigsaw puzzle. Your potential client is missing one piece. That could be you. IF you can make yourself fit the puzzle rather than expecting the puzzle to accommodate you. To understand how to achieve this, you'll need to make sense of a hiring manager's process. We spoke to some producers who walked us through what the hiring process looks like for them. The recruitment process almost always starts before any particular crew position opens up. "We’re not always actively hiring, but...

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Feb 28 2018

The Experience to Be a Leader

Everybody wants to be the boss. Or rule the world, if you ask Tears for Fears. But how do you get there? And, more importantly, what experience prepares you for these top positions?  TV/Studio Exec Traditional Career Path: Assistant > Junior Exec > VPHelpful Background:ProducerGreat managers understand the people they manage and the challenges they face. Execs often work with producers to develop and execute projects and they need to understand how they work, how they think, and how to set them up for success. Any Creative Production JobIt's no secret that nearly...

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Jan 24 2018

Donald Trump is Still a Freelancer’s Worst Nightmare

Many estimates project that 50% of the working population in the US could be freelance by as early as 2020. Yet Washington, ever lagging behind the real world, has produced few allies for the considerably vulnerable contractor. Regardless of your personal politics, it's difficult to deny that at the helm of the forces working against America's freelancers is a familiar figure: Donald Trump. This might be somewhat surprising, given that even as tax professionals sort through the wreckage of the GOP tax bill it appears to be a boon for the...

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Nov 29 2017

You Need a Freelance Contract and You Want These 6 Things in It

I'm not an attorney. I can't write your contract for you. And if I was an attorney I probably still wouldn't, because that sounds painfully dull. But I know enough to know that you absolutely need a contract with every client. At the least, it clears up expectations and in worst case scenarios, it keeps you from getting screwed.There are plenty of standard freelancing contracts floating around the web that can be adapted. And you don't even need to be a lawyer to write or adjust your own, although you...

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Nov 08 2017

If You Want to Be an Employable Editor in the Next Decade, this is the Software You Should Know

I've always said that I don't care about software competencies, I just want the best editors. Most editors can pick up the basics of a new NLE in a day and have a strong command of the core functionality in a few weeks.  But most hiring managers don't think that way, especially for freelance jobs. You need to fit into their workflow and they don't often have time for you to learn on the job. The industry won't bend for you so you need to bend to the industry. Since...

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Nov 01 2017

Me Too

Two weeks ago social media exploded in cries of 'Me Too' in an effort to show the magnitude of sexual harassment and assault. And I stood up and said Me Too with them. Sexual harassment and assault seem particularly bad in the film and TV industry. Or maybe it's anywhere where a few people hold all of the power. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, I was thinking of my own worst experience with workplace harassment. Nearly a decade ago, I was a young editor breaking in to the...

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Oct 26 2017

No Video Freelancer Should Ever Work for Less than $30/hr

Now Hiring: Director of Photography for 10 day projectRequire 10 years of experience and must own Alexa or better.Total Budget: $40 If you're in the industry, this probably made your blood boil. As hyperbolic as it might be, we can all imagine seeing something similar. Maybe because our industry is so competitive, possibly because it's creative and fun, or maybe because people are just terrible, but film and video crew are frequently called on to work for next to nothing. We're not the only ones, certainly, but it does seem especially...

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