[Tig] assistants

Michael Poimboeuf mkp
Wed May 25 20:03:12 BST 2005

I've worked in the film, audio, video, computer design,
and music/screenwriting/production/storytelling
parts of the entertainment biz over the years, and I've
found that working the biz is a lot like another passion
of mine - messing around in boats. I kayak, canoe, and sail,
and from the boating world grew the saying: "You've got
to learn the ropes."

Working as an assistant, a technician, a runner, a script
reader, a junior engineer, a journeyman, or whatever entry
position you want to pick in whatever aspect of the biz
you work in, gives you a chance to learn the ropes. Once
you know the ropes, you can "jump ship" and go to another
job with another company in a more senior position, or you
can tell the "captain" (your manager) that you've been
offered a better position and negotiate your way up the
ladder to (as MartinE quoted GeorgeL who wrote Joda's line)
where you want your focus to be.

And if the industry isn't hiring for the job that you think
aligns with where you want your focus to be, then that
signals it's time to refocus, find another ladder, and
move sideways. I've found that when refocusing, it's best
to follow the money to where clients are paying.

Don't fool yourself, the "Industry" is what WE make it.
We (including you and I) are the ones who work in it,
and our work is what we do, what we make it.

Don't fool yourself into inflating your CV/Resume. When I
look at a resume, I look for training, and entry level
positions early on. I've spotted many faked CVs, and once
you come in for an interview know that you'll be talking
to experienced captains in the industry who can spot if
you know the ropes or not.

Michael Poimboeuf
mkp at poimboeuf.com

matthieu dubail said:
> --- Jack James <jack at surrealroad.com> a ?crit:
>> I took a job as a runner at a post house,
>> for less than the minimum wage. This despite having
>> spent the last three years getting a degree and
>> living on no money. And I hated it. If you've never
>> been a runner before, you can't imagine how it feels
>> to have everyone look down on you, and having to
>> smile all the while; see people doing the job you
>> want to do but knowing less than you and so on. it
>> didn't lead to any use of the equipment afterwards,
>> which was fine because I already had a showreel
>> (just no experience), nor did it get me a foot in.
>> What it gave me were a sense of drive, and an
>> in-depth look at the industry. Suddenly I knew who
>> to speak to, and how; and how to get noticed.
>> Whenever people say the industry is about who you
>> know, well that's what they mean.
>> This is the industry, this is how it works, and if
>> you can't hack it, maybe that's a sign to do
>> something else.
>> But that doesn't mean you have to like it.
> I totally agree with the fact that this is just how it
> it works now and you have to do with that. Sad
> conclusion.
> This is why I tell newbies to be the smartest possible
> in their own choices and not going straight ahead.
> IMHO, best would be to gain knowledge and fake a small CV.

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