As we move into a new decade, it’s come to my attention that production crew work has become increasingly hard to come across. We all know that we are deep in a recession, which is having severe affects on the economy, particularly it seems in this particular field of work. Production companies are looking for ways to cut back costs, by reducing staff and new productions. In the industry, we are also finding that production companies are relocating offices out of the expensive capital, in favour of cheaper offices in the North.
This causes particular problems for freelance workers (of which many production crew workers are) as they are now unable to move freely from job to job in the once media hub of London. I have heard it said that if you good at your job, and work hard enough, you will never have any trouble finding work. However in the current climate, I have to disagree. Many of my past colleagues and contacts, have found previously, that once in a cycle of work in this industry, you start to build up contacts and experiences, and find it easy to move from job to job. However lately they have found that this reliant cycle of work has been broken, facing many with long term unemployment and financial difficulty. Others have been forced to leave behind their passion, to find jobs in other areas. It has always been the case that as you move up the promotional ladder, jobs become less and less. However, it seems that in recent times even fewer have been given the opportunity to climb that ladder, to production manager, co-ordinator, director, producer and executive positions.
I personally find it a great shame that such talent and new ideas are being lost in the recession, however all we can do is ride out the storm, and hope for greater opportunities in the future. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
I may be wrong, what do you think?
Remember to keep them clean.
Editor, Media Volt
Date 18 February 2012 | Category: Production Crew | 3 comments