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Embrace the Network
There’s no way around it: the motion picture industry is a huge network. Make the most of your network to generate connections and contacts – personal networks are key. Check out the Opportunities pages and look for Meet 10 and Greet 10x events to help meet hirers and peers.
Growing your network can help you get experience and getting experience will grow your network.
If you can, try to attend industry events, forums and workshops to meet people. Many events are no/low cost and volunteering is another option to get involved. Follow film festivals, associations or film schools to learn about opportunities, to meet people or to acquire skills through volunteering.
For student productions you may want to reach out to film schools – some film production programs have restrictions around non-students working on student films, but if volunteering on student productions is welcome, it’s a way to glean some knowledge from your fellow crew.
Check out these resources to support your pathway to below-the-line work:
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Learning from mentors below-the-line is key
“It’s people within the industry that train everyone else.”
~Lead Dresser/Set Decorator, Labour Market Study, 2019