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Many people don’t realize that the film industry is a freelance industry, in which you are hired on a job-per-job basis. While some production companies that specialize in commercials, industrials, and educational videos staff regular employees, they rarely staff crew positions, instead hiring on an as-needed basis. As a production professional who works below the line, you are constantly looking for the next job, relying on networks and connections to not only keep you abreast of who is hiring, but getting on a production. Working freelance certainly has its pros and cons, and it's not right for everyone, so know the realities of a freelance lifestyle before you commit to a career in filmmaking. In this module, you will learn how the freelance industry works in Hollywood, and how to prepare for a freelance life.


  • 26:14 video
  • Illustrated companion guide


  • What is freelancing?
  • How to find your next job
  • Techniques for managing your down time
  • Tips for managing long periods of unemployment
"Absolutely the most in-depth, informative and entertaining site out there. Filmskills takes you through everything you need to know, demystifies the process and shows you exactly how to make a movie, even if you do not have a huge budget."
   - Kevin Cooper, Executive Producer, Secondhand Lions