Tim, Grinner called the ba



Grinner called the ball on this one. I’ll add that you’ll also need to keep an eye out for folks who are just trying to hook you in to get free labor. There are dump truck loads of parasites out there like that who prey upon newbies trying to break in. That said, I’ve done in-house gigs where we weren’t paying. However, nobody got paid on those gigs (including me) and I made that plain.

On the other hand, I made it worth the while for those who worked those gigs with perks on the job and covered their meals, lodging and transportation while they were on location. That and they all got paraphernalia swag associated with the project and a first run pressed copy of the final product. Anyone who works those freebies get first call for crew and such during paying gigs. Most of the people I work with regularly all did a freebie either initially or later on.

Before hooking up on a freebie, ask around for people who’ve worked with that producer/production company before and see how they are about giving ‘reach arounds’. If they turn out to be a ‘one-way’ outfit (you work one for free then find your way out the door) give them the ‘thanks but no thanks’. Now, if you find a project you’re enthused about just make sure whoever you work with is good about giving what was promised. Credits and Reel fodder (as Grinner called it) are only good if you actually get them.

Hard truth is; when you’re just a student or an otherwise newb trying to break in, you’re going to have to do some freebies. Just pick and choose when and how many you do wisely. In the meantime, network with the people you work with as more often than not, newb’s get picked up for crews because somebody knows them because they worked them before.

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