Chicago has a top notch film and television community, and a lot of people float from working on films, television shows and commercials. It is important to attend industry events throughout Chicago to meet professionals working in the industry. In this industry it really is about who you know, and the experience you have is very important. Volunteer, intern and work on projects outside of class work as much as you can. Attend events and join organizations. Go to film festivals and screenings. Get out there!
What it Takes
- Your job search arsenal includes a portfolio website, resume, and business cards.
- Track your film and television projects early on using a master resume.
- Save everything. Get your work in digital format and store it securely.
- Get on set! Experience is crucial. Prove yourself on one set and it will lead to other offers.
- Network. Nearly all hiring/offers for work come through relationships.
- Volunteer. Groups like Women in Film, and events like the Midwest Independent Film Festival are a great way to meet people.
Sample Job Titles
You can find a comprehensive listing of job titles on Media Match. Types of work fall in the following categories:
Chicago Area Resources
Women in Film: Chicago Organization featuring networking and professional development opportunities
Chicago Filmmakers: Workshops, networking, and equipment rental
Chicago Film Office: Coordinates filming in Chicago
Illinois Production Guide: Search production companies and other film-related resources
Film Specific: Business support for filmmakers