Thank God for gigs!!
How else do we keep money in our pockets? We’re steadily working for free to earn credits, build experience or just for the fun of it, it’s nice to get paid sometime!
I just recently did an industrial shoot at Knott’s, for some company that sells ball-barrings for roller-coasters. It was pretty fun, all we had to do was ride Boomerang around 7 times or more so they could get the perfect shot. They served us breakfast-a pretty good one at that-lunch, and if we wanted a full free day at the park. I didn’t stay because I had already spent too much time there waiting for them to install the camera on the roller coaster and do whatever else they were doing.
When it comes to doing extra work, whether it be a feature film, student film, play or whatever, ALWAYS bring something to do so you don’t be bored out of your mind. A book, your i-pod, a play, crossword puzzle, sudoku, etc.
Oh! Bring your own food too! Or else-if you happen to be a vegetarian like me- you’ll be stuck with the Standard American Diet.
Did I mention it’s a great time to network?! You’re surrounded by people who have the same interests and may have some of the same goals as you.
Every one of the extras I meet has had story. How they found out about the project we’re working on-different sources, websites and contacts all the time.
You share something, they share something, you both learn something new, and possibly make a new acquaintance on your journey.
In the future I’ll include a section with some links that give a lot of extra work, castings and all that good stuff.