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Film Industry Reality Check

Below is a list of questions you should be taking note of and asking yourself before you apply for the Camera Trainee Program:

  • Own or have access to a reliable vehicle at all times; 
     
  • While gaining experience on independent projects and commercials is valuable experience, trainees are expected to make the Camera Trainee Program their first priority;
     
  • As a Camera Trainee and eventually a union member, you will be employed sporadically during the year, often with no knowledge of when you may be working again;
     
  • The film industry is market driven and there may be a waiting period between rotations, sometimes a month or more.
     
  • On average, it takes two years to have enough set days to be eligible for upgrade to membership status;
     
  • As a Camera Trainee, being a part of the program is a privilege that can be withdrawn at any time due to repeated poor performance on rotations or inappropriate behaviour;
     
  • Creativity is a part of the industry, but NOT part of the Camera Trainee's job;
     
  • Film and television work have the potential to put strains on personal and family relationships with very long hours, extremely high pressure and tension;
     
  • Shift work is part of the business, including (over) nights and weekends. 12+ hours per day are not uncommon;
     
  • To start out, you are on a low wage, but with experience comes greater opportunities;
     
  • Weather conditions can be troublesome, please be aware you are working mainly outside;
     
  • Physically, this is a demanding job. You will be required to lift heavy equipment;
     
  • Working in this field can be high pressure, can you work efficiently and quickly to get the job done?;
     
  • Are you prepared to accept a lifestyle where you will be responsible for securing your own work as an independent contractor?, and;
     
  • Working in film is a demanding job, but it’s an exciting career.

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