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Recruitment Blog

Apr 11 2018

Fitting In to the Freelance Recruiting Process

Imagine a full production or post production team is a jigsaw puzzle. Your potential client is missing one piece. That could be you. IF you can make yourself fit the puzzle rather than expecting the puzzle to accommodate you. To understand how to achieve this, you'll need to make sense of a hiring manager's process. We spoke to some producers who walked us through what the hiring process looks like for them. The recruitment process almost always starts before any particular crew position opens up. "We’re not always actively hiring, but...

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Jun 28 2017

The Danger of the Jack of All Trades Crew Member

I was once talking with an animator about the film 'The Life of Pi'. We were discussing the extraordinarily high quality of the CG."It's all specialty," he said, "Putting together a team with specialists who each know how to do one thing extremely well."I agreed, but lamented the direction the industry was going."15 years ago I would never have been asked to do sound design or motion graphics or even color," I said, "But if I tried to be strictly a picture editor today I'd never survive. Everyone wants someone...

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Jun 22 2017

Why It’s Such an Ordeal to Find Quality Video Crew and What We’re Doing About It

When you find crew that you like, you tend to try to work with them as much as possible. Partly because you learn to trust your crew to operate autonomously, partly because it is useful to have people that understand your creative intentions, and partly because it can be an absolute nightmare to find someone else you want to work with. The difficulty of finding new crew that fits well into the ensemble isn't something we have to live with, though. We dissect the problems with creative recruitment and how...

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Jun 14 2017

4 Incentives other than Money to get High Quality Creatives on Your Project

If you've ever uttered the word 'exposure' or 'it will be good for your portfolio' to an experienced creative pro, you've probably been thoroughly choked. And with good reason. Those are the things people say when they want you to do something for free, which is pretty much never OK for experienced creatives. But, if you've got a budget and are looking for a way to boost the allure of a project and entice the best talent to take part, there are a few incentives you can offer: 1) Working with Other...

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May 24 2017

Stegela Success Talks

The EP of Black Chip Studios on Stegela's podcast, 'Success Talks': [audio m4a="http://blackchipcollective.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Daveon2017-04-26at16.52—Edit—Mono.m4a"][/audio] Find more industry news, tips, and tricks by following us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn...

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Apr 12 2017

4 Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Enough Freelance Work and How to Fix Them

A freelancer really has 2 jobs. The first is to be absolutely great at what they do. The second, much more difficult and painful job, is to consistently find work. It's something that the vast majority of freelancers struggle with regardless of experience level. The bright side is that freelance work snowballs- as you build a client list, you not only get repeat work from satisfied clients, but get referrals, meet contacts, and spread word of mouth to ease your work search strain.  In the mean time, here are a...

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Apr 05 2017

How Much Should I Pay a Freelancer?

Freelance rates are a complex and nuanced thing that can't really be summed up in a single formula. But we're going to do it anyway.To start, you need an idea of what you'd pay a full time employee. If you're not sure, ask some colleagues or friends in the industry. Site like PayScale can help, but aren't great for many creative jobs. Using that number, we can come up with a formula to get a baseline for freelancer rate:  (Annual Full Time Salary / 140 ) + equipment costs and expenses...

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Feb 22 2017

What the Show 3% Can Teach Us About Recruiting

The show 3% is a Brazilian Netflix series about a dystopian future where as the population comes of age, they compete in a series of trials to live in an offshore paradise. While the show boasts an engaging storyline and impressive visuals from director Cesar Charlone, cinematographer of "City of God", the thing that struck me most is the similarity of the trials in 3%, called "the process", to everyday systems in a modern job search. While "the process" in 3% is much more intense and brutal than a real...

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Feb 15 2017

Worst Resume Ever

7. Oh, the "Ironey"Typos and misspellings on resumes are critically poor form, but they happen with surprising frequency. Robin Goldstein, founder of JobSparker comes across a particular misspelling often: detail-oriented. 6. What Have You Done For Me Lately"Showcasing your experience is important, but putting things on your resume that date further back than five years becomes unnecessary and unimportant. You can explain all of your skills in your cover letter; stick to your most recent employment on your resume," says Jordan Wan, CFA Founder/CEO of CloserIQ. Jordan reports repeatedly finding old...

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Dec 14 2016

How to Ask for a Job Reference

It should be the easiest part of the job hunting process. It should only happen when both an employer and potential employee are serious about working together. But so many people screw up references. They bandy them about to any employer who will open an e-mail or they don’t have them ready when the need arises. Don’t wait any longer, get your references in place. Select ReferencesObviously, when selecting references, you want to choose people who have worked directly with you and who have a high opinion of you, but there are...

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