Pursuing a career in production music can be a daunting task. Beyond the years of formal musical training and hands on experience, one must be prepared to work in a highly competitive and sometimes not-very-lucrative field. Whether you’re considering a change of pace, or looking to move forward on your career plans, here are some tips to help you in your music career.
Also, the teachers at your lam phim quang cao school in Toronto will in all likelihood probably work in the industry, and be able to advise you on how to best navigate it as a newcomer.
To be a filmmaker is to have a big picture mentality on a small picture budget. It is tough to stay true to the storyline when you have a bottom line that is keeping you from the production. One of the reasons you want to talk your film up is that, in the beginning, you will need to find a crew. Usually you will have to use talent that is willing to work for nothing (or next to nothing). You may have to act in your own film as well….and write, direct it, and edit it. Do what you have to do to get the film “in the can” and ready to edit.
In the film and video industry, there are many job options. You could be a Production Assistant, and help aid the show by running errands and crowd control. You could be a Make-Up Artist, creating the look of the actors before they get in front of the camera. You could work in the camera department to operate cameras and load the footage onto a computer. You could be a grip and help set up the lights. You could be an editor, or a compositor, or a writer, or an AD or… Any other variety of jobs on a film set or video shoot. You could even become an actor!
Film investors are not forgiving and will cut you off from future film funds. They can write off the loss, but your reputation will take a hit and you’ll lose out on them investing in your movies in the future. Finding money to make movies is harder than making the movie. Without film financing you only have a screenplay and a movie making dream keeping you company.
There have been occasions in my career – when I was working as DoP – where I have called the same Director or production company every month for years! Some may be resistant to that, others won’t, but one thing is for certain – they will know who you are. Many people give up too soon or don’t like doing this. However, if you really want it, you must make yourself do it and thankfully it gets easier the more you do it. Don’t sabotage your career before it gets started.
Virtually all film jobs are “part time” as they are on a freelance basis. The thing to be weary of is that you WILL work long hours on a film set (often as many as 14-16 hours a day). They are on a temporary basis, as each film only shoots for (usually) 3-5 weeks.
When you are not working, get your video camera and start shooting your own stuff. This may mean just grabbing your cousins and siblings and make a short film.