I live and work in Shoreditch. I often see people stood on street corners clutching an A-to-Z in their hands, squinting at road signs around them. I make a point of asking if they need help, for two reasons. First, I know the streets and street names because I walk them three times a day with the dog. Second, because I like to be what I call “tourist neutral.” It’s like Carbon Neutral, I like to off-set my stupid requests for directions when I’m on holiday by offering assistance to those lost in the area I know. it’s a freelancer habit I’ve picked up. Be nice to people, you never know when it’ll get paid back!

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Likewise, I try and be Freelancer Neutral. I read forums like Production Base’s Watercooler, or Step 2 Collabo TV, or Shooting People’s daily emails. I respond to people who ask questions, engage with them.That way, when I need to know something, I can post to those places and hopefully karma will pay back!

So my advice is where you can, contribute to the discussion, add your thoughts, and help out others in your industry.

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Freelancer habit

Gavin Ricketts is a Producer/Director with over twenty year's experience. His courses on finding work in the creative industries has helped hundreds of Film and TV Crew win more work.

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