Getting Started–Networking

Networking is a process that coordinates and expands your job search by developing contacts within our chosen career in the film industry. There is not time like the present to start identifying networking contacts. This is the “getting started” list.

Who to Contact

List out these three groups of people on separate pieces of paper:

  1. People Inside the Industry: This includes people at all levels of the business. It can include people you know, and/or people who your would like to know.
  2. Organizations: If you are in a small town, call the chamber of commerce and ask if there are any local film studios or visual effects companies. If you are near a major city, get in touch with a motion picture studio. You could check your yellow pages for independent companies.
  3. People Outside the Industry: These contacts could be all your friends, relatives, in-laws and old acquaintances and neighbors; they may have a cousin or a friend who is a producer or screenwriter.

What to Do Once You’ve Found Them

Making Contact

  1. Phone Calls: Study the telephone script and practice before you start calling.
  2. Letters: Cold mailings can be very effective if you do a follow up call within a week of the letter being sent. Include your resume with each letter mailed out.
  3. Making an Appointment: Remember to get the address and directions to the interview.

Taking a Meeting

  1. Preparation: Think in terms of 80% preparation and 20% show. The more prepared you are for the interview the better off you will be in getting hired.
  2. Meeting Etiquette: First impressions can’t be stressed enough. Dress for the part and look your best. Be polite. Look them in the eye. Show that you want to get a job.

Following-Up

  1. Thank You Letters: These letters are so valuable and should be sent the day of the interview. They keep the contact a contact for the job you are trying to get now or perhaps a job you will get in the future. The film industry has a high turnover rate. If you don’t get this job, you could get the next opening available, so stay in touch by starting off with a thank you letter.
  2. Contacting Others: Don’t forget to ask about other people that you can contact for possible work, making sure you can use their name. Referrals are the best way to get your foot in the set or in the studio.

Sample Form

Company Name and Address:

Mailing Address:

Contact Person and Telephone Number(s):

Initial Contact Date:

Contact Method Used (check and date):

Cold Call

Networking Contact

Informational Interview

Telephone/Fax (circle)

Internet

Regular Mail/Special Mail (circle)

Return Call:

Thank You Letter/Note

Resume/Cover Letter

30 Day follow-up (telephone)

Other

Initial follow-up contact date:

30 Day follow-up contact date:

Initial Contact Comments:

Follow-up Comments:

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