Recently I have moved to Atlanta, a big filmmaking hub. I've also decided to try and make it as a freelance only. It's been difficult but I've learned a few things over the past month.
1) It only takes one "yes"
Don't let an endless sea of nos get you down. Sending out resumes and cover letters to nearly everyone is part of the job. Everyone else is doing the same thing. One job can end up leading to another and soon your booked.
2) Check job sites several times a day
Many jobs are posted mid-day. I typically check craigslist and staffmeup daily. But there are plenty of other sites out there.
3) Send your resume to people who aren't hiring
I know this one seems kind of counter intuitive. Why would you spend the time to message someone without a job? Well everyone with some sort of success in the industry will end up hiring someone. Maybe in the near future. By sending a resume early, they may call you even before posting the job.
4) Networking Events & Facebook Pages
Just simply commenting on someone's post could land you a job in the future. Make some friends. Atlanta has a facebook page, Atlanta Film Community, plus a weekly networking event, Film Bar Mondays.
5) Keep working on passion projects
Working on passion projects keeps you learning when all you get is corporate videography jobs. It also may help you get noticed and get new jobs. Who knows?
Hope this helped! And good luck! (you'll need it)
Zachary Will is an Award-Winning Filmmaker creating short films and content for the Internet as the owner of Riverside Studios. He has a Bachelor's in Film from Full Sail University. He has worked on productions for companies like Webmd, Sears, Home Depot, Six Flags and more!
"the trick is to never give up... I think the secret of success is not how little you get knocked down but how often you get back up." - Gareth Edwards