Does anyone have any advice on the Dos & Don'ts of how to approach production companies for representation as a DOP/Cinematographer?

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  • Hi Melissa, this is a good question but one that also doesn't have an easy answer. I'm a director and I have tried to get repped at various companies at various points in my career, without any success!

    However I have always managed to find work and keep afloat and slowly but surely, over time my work has improved and I have made bigger and better projects.

    I think that the work should always come first, which may seem like an obvious thing to say but you should always try to keep shooting projects, even if they are your own ideas or for low/no budget. You can only become a better filmmaker by making films.

    In addition, always try to promote yourself online and stay in touch with your existing contacts. These days it's hard due to the pandemic but online events are still happening and projects are being shot. Last year I blitzed tons of events and reached out to lots of people to connect with and now I'm a mentor here on The Dots.

    I also started a production company but that's a whole other story ;)

    As Alessandro below says, if you want to have a good relationship with production companies or agencies who rep crew, you need to read up on them, do your research and work out which one is right for you. Make a list and note who they rep. Do you like their stuff? Is it too similar to what you make? Or do they have a gap you think you could fill? You're a woman wanting to be a DOP which is awesome as there are not a lot of female DOPs out there!

    Check out what Joel Honeywell is doing if you haven't heard of him. Also director Runyararo Mapfumo is going to be massive very soon.

    Don't know if that will help but good luck!
  • Hello, I would say be curious about them, why would you like to connect, what interests you that you have seen in their portfolio etc, which value could you bring to them?

    In the past I commited the mistake to "wanting to marry at the first date", so coming super out with what I do, my stuff and a lot of blah blah blah about me. Well didn't work...

    Image you are meeting someone for the first time, you won't say hello I am X and this what I do, hire me. Right? I feel the best way is to start a "human relashionship" and taking it from there.. Does it make snese?

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