Post-Production : Finding a job, is becoming a job. by Shahnam Khosraviani

Shahnam Khosraviani

Finding a job, is becoming a job.

Hi all! I'm a college graduate with years of experience audio and video editing. Have received both avid pro tools Audio and post certifications but, I'm noticing a lot of people/companies are looking for people with experience in the industry as well as IMDb credits. So my question is how do I start receiving credits if people aren't giving me the opportunity? I'm not trying to sound cocky but, I know my work is good and quality is good. I know the ins and outs of post mixing, sound design, foley, adr etc. my reel is only a minute long with 3 different clips, so what am I doing wrong or what do I need to do more? Any advice or tips would be great! Thanks so much in advance and happy new year!

Shahnam Khosraviani

That was very well put! Thanks so much for the advice and words of encouragement! I am trying to get as much work as possible even if it's for low pay just like you said, I just want the opportunities! Would you or anyone else suggest doing the non paid stuff just for more work to add to my reel as well as of the publicity? I can't imagine doing days/weeks/months of hard work for no pay but, again that would get me work with my name on it as well? What do you think? Again thanks so much for the reply!

Rick James

It isn't hard to feel the way you do especially when you have an obvious passion for your work. A lot of people in this business feel this way, possibly because the market is saturated and filmmakers and editors like you and me are almost a dime a dozen. I had this discussion with another young man, I told him you have to build a following for your work. I'm talking about a fan base, additionally get your work into local festivals and free screenings. Work on as many jobs as you can, even if it's only for $10 dollars. I know there are those who will say, "never sell your soul for a buck." In most cases I agree, but if you're trying to get noticed, the first thing producers/directors look at is how much field work does he/she have? People want to see what you've done for a client, not just your own work. They want to know how you handle yourself under pressure (a deadline). I'm a filmmaker and I do my own post. I also do work for other filmmakers and believe me there's nothing like a 24 hour marathon to get the blood going. Oh speaking of 24 hours, lend your services to a 48 hour shoot out, I've done it two years so far and look forward to 2016. This is were your talents will be pushed and stretched to the limit. You'll be tired and beat up, but you'll feel great and have a short to add to your reel. So don't let it get to you, keep working and showing your work and one day when the planets line up, you'll be in. This is a link to a trailer I shot and edited for an indigenous people series.

Shahnam Khosraviani

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Tony Fisher

I know how you feel, sometimes it feels like your climbing up a never ending wall. I have had some success with volunteering with local post houses. But like Ric said, the market is pretty saturated with people.

Sarah Furie

That is the tricky thing. You need to have a good resume to get a job but you can't build a resume without working! The best way is to just network, network, network. Everyone knows someone who knows someone, etc. You are doing the right thing just being on this website and posting! I would suggest working on projects where you might not even get paid, but that will be put on IMDB so you start getting credits!

Shahnam Khosraviani

Thanks Sarah for the great advice and taking the time to respond! I am still on my quest and will not stop.

Sarah Furie

You are welcome. Rock on!

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