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Jobs in film

It seems like many people are unfamiliar with jobs in film beyond the well-known actor, director, or producer.

When I tell someone I work in production, I typically need to give them more info about what exactly my job entails. And that’s fine! How would anyone learn if they didn’t ask? I ask dozens of questions and am happy to say I learned so much while working on my latest film.

But just in case, I thought it might be fun to share this list of jobs. Who knows, you might learn something new!


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My start in the film industry

I posted this on my Facebook but forgot to also share it here. So I’ve pre-dated it and I hope you enjoy. đŸ™‚

I just did it again. I caught myself smiling for no specific reason at my desk.

For the last month or so I’ve been working in the production office for a film called Sorry for Your Loss. It’s my first time working on a production this big, although my previous set and office experience have combined to help make the learning curve a little less steep.

That being said, the learning curve has been pretty steep! It’s a strange and challenging experience to set foot in a new work culture, one with its own language and expectations, and take on the role of information carrier. It’s hard to do a great job when you don’t even know what you don’t know. But, I got lucky. I got an amazing boss who was willing to teach me what I needed to know to do this job. Her expectations were reasonable, and with her guidance, I was able to do a pretty great job as Assistant Production Coordinator (fancy, I know).

After a year that was harder than I ever anticipated, I am so excited to finally be working in my field. The hours are long, and not every day is perfect, but I’m finally where I’ve been working and waiting to be. And that’s why, not every day, but some days, I catch myself grinning away at my desk for no specific reason.