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Calling a project
Since it seems like it takes several companies to make a movie these days. Always ask for the production office, if the secretary does not know where it is, ask for the supervising producer’s office or production manager’s, have the producers name at the ready. You may want to say you heard about the project from a friend, some companies don’t like being listed by a service. Our feeling is its public information, so we list them. If there is a website listed, look at it. Most times there is more contact info and more jobs listed there. You may also want to ask for the particular department head in your field (if they are hired yet)

Email
Our hotlinks make it easier than ever to submit via email. Just click, ad short message, resume and send.


Mailing
We recommend mailing, this we know is more expensive and time consuming but it gets better results than anything else. Address it to Production Manager/Coordinator or Unit Production Manager or your particular department head. Follow it by faxing your resume with cover letter. Note at the top of page what position you are submitting. Please no 5 page resumes. Send to all projects that you are interested in. If you do not get a call from that project, remember that position might be filled, but they may call you for the next one. This happens quite a bit. Always watch for updates in the listings. If the start date has been pushed back 2-3 weeks or more. It means many times that they will have to rehire new crew members because they were already booked on the next show. Call again. Always make a note on the Report of who you talked to and when they told you to call back. Write it on the Report or on a calendar, most times it takes at least 3 follow up calls to land a job. Most productions have a narrow hiring period.

Don’t get discouraged when calling a project.
You may get a very unhelpful PA that tells you no jobs available. A few days later you can call and get a totally different person who maybe more helpful.

Commercials
Many commercials we list happen very quickly. Therefore your window of opportunity may be very short. We recommend chasing the employer instead of the actual commercial, in most cases they are doing more projects than the particular one we have listed.

N/A
N/A means that the information was not available to us at the time we compiled the listing. Because some of our listings may be in very early preproduction. Sometimes we can not get all the information to complete a listing. However you can always call the production company and make inquiries.

To successfully use the report please keep in mind the following.
The success you have with the Report depends on how well you work the leads we give you. You can not expect to get a job by just making a few calls. This may sound discouraging but remember, there is very good money to be made in the industry. The money you spent on an issue will seem like a small price to have paid.





 
 


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