So, are you working steadily right now?Â Are you paying the rent, the mortgage, the bills – eating alright?Â If you’re not working, or freelancing and in need of a gig – what are you doing about it?
If you’re looking for work, you should be making the rounds daily at your favorite job sites, calling references, emailing and calling everyone you can possibly think of, making your name known, and getting it into the front of potential employers’ brains.Â You’re not going to get work by not looking for it – no matter how hard you don’t try.Â Getting work is work, and it’s work because you have to work for it.
Cheesy?Â Maybe.Â But how’s that job search coming?
I have a handful of favorites when I’m looking to pick up freelance income, light a show, or look for a steady gig.Â There are lots and lots and lots and lots of places online that are posting gigs – there are also a lot of places out there that have a bunch of postings for a wide variety of things related to your field, and most of the time you have to sort through them, and often.Â Remember, work.
Theatre Communications Group (TCG)’s famous Artsearch
Artsearch is the entertainment jobs rag that’s been around – well – forever.Â In addition to their print jobs listings, they have a healthy online subscription-based product that is the pay go-to place for gigs.
I got some of my first big gigs from Backstage Jobs – there are lots, in a large net of fields in the entertainment business, from tours to summer gigs, resident positions, and contract work.
Esta.org Job Board
The Entertainment Services and Technology Association – or ESTA, affectionately – has a job board with a good handful of listings.Â From my experience with esta’s jobs, they’re usually good, high quality gigs.
Maybe you don’t have a Myspace page, but I still have mine from WAY back in the day.Â Myspace has a decent amount of good gigs, actually!Â The link above is for the query “Lighting Designer,” for example.
JobZone at Live Design Online
Live Design Online has what they call the “JobZone.”Â It’s chock full-o-jobs.Â Lots of different genres.
Playbill Online’s Job Board
Not Playboy, PLAYBILL.Â You know, the thing you always get at shows.Â Their website has a lot of job postings for all kinds of entertainment jobs.
This is a small list of job search places, but it’s some of what I use.Â Yeah, I’m sharing that with you in one place for your benefit – it’s because I’m glad you read the site!Â Also, I am going to be posting jobs here, in a special page that’s being built, specifically for jobs dealing with light and the lighting industries.Â More on this in the very near future.