Hello Stage32'ers! Particularly those of you who are non-union Assistant Directors ( if anyone else wants to chime in, please do). I have a serious inquiry, and I would love your feedback.
How do you secure your gigs? What do you do when there is major downtime and you aren't seeing any opportunities for work? Do you zone down and focus on non paying creative endeavors waiting for the wave to pass? Do you have part-time work that is really flexible? Do you go to more networking events?
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am a non-union AD, and after every gig I have, I find myself struggling to land the next one fast enough to recover financially. I have noticed that some people apply to any job possible to make ends meet, but I feel this method is counterproductive to career growth. Yeah I can take the PA job for 3 weeks, but then might miss out on an AD opportunity, and won't learn how to hone the craft of being a better AD that way. Plus, given that I am part of 20+ filmmaking groups in the NYC area on Facebook, these pages are usually bombarded with jobs specific to other on set roles not so much ADing and so it feels like there are slim pickings.
Part time work would be nice, but most people I know who work in the industry while having a PT job have really really flexible jobs, with bosses they have known for quite some time allowing them the cushion.
This business is very much about who you know and the last two gigs I got were from referrals, but one can't always count on that as the only sure fire method of landing the next gig.
I would love and truly appreciate some guidance on this so please no rude commentary. Thank you all! Looking forward to chatting it up and learning what the hell it is I am doing wrong.