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What was your first professional job in the film or TV business?

Thought I would just have some fun by asking you what your first professional job was in the film or television business.

“My first professional film job was on a Certs commercial in 1974. I was the guy holding the bag just below camera so when the director yelled “Cut!” the actor could spit the candy into the bag I was holding. Ahh yes…those were the days!”

So please take a moment and think back to when you were thrust into the limelight and experienced your first paid job in this crazy industry by adding it to the comment box below.


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  • Trilby Jeeves July 2, 2010, 7:10 PM

    My first experience on a film set was when I acted for a horror film in Montreal. I loved the Indie experience, but it was a very sticky time with fake blood! I’m not telling the title ’cause you’ll google it! (It was a really, really low budget project!!)

  • Brian Hebb July 2, 2010, 9:07 PM

    My first professional job in the “Biz” was as a clapper boy at the CBC in Toronto, in 1971. It was on a TV drama series called “The Whiteoaks of Jalna.” It was a short lived series. Only 13 episodes produced. I think it was the most expensive series done in Canada up till that time. The first day I wore a blazer and a cravat. They were off by lunch, and from then on I dressed in jeans like the rest of the crew. That job was the beginning of a life time journey in the film and TV industry. What a great ride!

  • Randy Finch July 2, 2010, 10:31 PM

    First job on a studio movie was 1978, doing historical research for Warren Beatty’s Reds. Wearing my one sports jacket, journeyed to W. 57th St from the provinces in response to a query for people with info on John Reed (the subject of some college research) for a film (my dream). A bored doorman (my first) barely looked up, elevator ride, long hall, door slightly ajar leading into an apartment facing South. Winter sun blasting through the window. An empty apartment, the only furniture was a desk that I could barely see positioned directly between me and the sun. Maybe a man is sitting there facing the door. A woman appears from an adjacent room, grabs my arm, leads me into an adjoining room. I crane my neck, definitely a man, but impossible to see his face for the sun. One desk and two chairs in the (dining?) room where I am to be interviewed. The passage to the adjoining room is open, but I can’t see the man. The woman begins asking me questions in a very loud voice. It becomes apparent that I am to speak loudly for the benefit of the man (listening?) in the next room. My inquisitor is Dede Allen. The man in the other room, whom I will eventually meet on another day, is never mentioned. Later, when I leave, the man is no longer at the desk. No idea how long Beatty (for it was he) listened or where he went. When I’m eventually hired, never mention the interview. Hope, one day, to meet him again so I can ask if he spent the afternoon dragging the desk across the floor, so that the sun had precisely the same awe-inspiring effect for everyone who entered?

  • Joe Thornton July 3, 2010, 11:40 AM

    My first feature job was in 1974 on a project initially called Black Harvest for the Euro release – later hit ABC tv as “Locusts”. I was hired as a multi-tasker – My main job was as Ron Howards Stand in – I was also responsible for a crew van and drove the actors around. When I wasn’t fully occupied with the first two tasks I was on call 24/7 as a PA – all for 154.00 per week! Yes working for Les Kimber had its moments. It was a great project – Rick Heffron Directing, Kim Manners was the 2nd AD (went on to become a major tv producer – died last year – last show – Supernatural), Katherine Helmond, Lisa Gerritsen, Belinda Belaski, Ben Johnson and several other notables. Herb Wright of Star Trek TNG was the Producer. It was a fantastic experience that I wouldn’t have traded for anything.

  • Wayne Clark July 3, 2010, 12:23 PM

    Summer of 1969 as an extra in Little Big Man. Shot in Montana, had to grow sideburns and moustache, Was Killed twice. It was fun experience. I was visiting my grandparents in Billings Montana and saw a full page ad asking for extras, anyone who could ride a horse and sprout facial hair.

  • Marie E. LeBlanc July 3, 2010, 8:42 PM

    My first “thrill of a lifetime” was as one of hundreds of Extra’s in a commercial…in a REALLY BIG theatre out in Richmond ! All of the tall people were put up front and all of us “Mini-me’s were relegated to forever-obscurity at the back of the theatre. Ah, yes ! The joys of being a short, invisible actress ! :o)