Tips on Getting a Job in Post-Production
[This article was first published in the August, 2005, issue of Larry’s Final Cut Pro Newsletter. Click here to subscribe.]
Jake Rake wrote:
I greatly appreciate your posting some of your very helpful tips online. I am eager to learn as much as I can about Final Cut Pro, as I am a college student relying on these skills to earn myself a career in video/film production. What other resources do you suggest I seek to learn more about video production and get my name out there?
Larry replies: Sometimes, it seems I’ve spent my life searching for a steady job. And, to help my in my search, I’ve spent a lot of money on job counseling training and job hunting tips.
In my classes, my students all seem to be between jobs or looking for something better, so I compiled a list of suggestions based on my experience that’s been useful to me when I am, um, “between projects.”
Here’s a baker’s dozen:
- Who you know gets you the interview. What you know gets you the job. How you do gets you the next job.
- Enthusiasm and willingness to learn wins over talent.
- People skills are as important as technical skills
- A great demo reel is nice. A face-to-face interview is much, MUCH better.
- You are not paid to have opinions on your first job.
- There are virtually no full-time jobs in post-production. Almost all post work is free-lance.
- Therefore, do every job as though it is the resume for your next one.
- Who you are is as important as your resume.
- Who you know is important. Who you GET to know is critical.
- Never take “no” for an answer, until you’ve asked the question seven times.
- Always follow-up. Always.
- Always send thank you notes.
- Never give up.
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