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There Are Other Roles to Play & Ways to Earn a Living in Hollywood. Consider the Location Scout…

There Are Other Roles to Play & Ways to Earn a Living in Hollywood. Consider the Location Scout...

Earlier today, I published an item on foley artists (read/watch here).

Continuing with the series highlighting those behind-the-camera positions that rarely, if ever, get much *love* for the work that they do, even though it’s very important work (if only to inform and maybe even inspire), here’s a profile of another *thankless* but crucial behind-the-camera job – the location scout.

First, in the video that immediately follows, “CBS News Sunday Morning” with Charles Osgood, sheds some light on those who do that specific work. And below it, NPR does the same in an unrelated piece.

As I did with the foley artists piece, I post this in part because I think location scouting could be a really fun, though demanding job. Also, it’s to show that there are other paths to take and other roles to fill in the film business, and thus, other ways to earn a living, as you can see (which comes with its own set of learned skills). And this is one of the many behind-the-camera positions that the majority of us probably don’t give a single thought to, even though it’s quite crucial to the movie-making process.

If there are any location scouts of African descent reading this, let us know who you are.

And when you’re done here, read about foley artists here.

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I meant look forward to watching and listening to these pieces.


I will look forward to reading this. I think there are many behind-the-scenes jobs that blacks might be interested in in the film business. However, just like the broader macro world, a lack of exposure to something tends to equal a small pool of people pursuing it. Additionally, many of the below-the-line jobs in Hollywood have, traditionally, been male, and white. They're unionized. So unless you know someone in the union who brings you in, then you're not going to get that job.

For many of us, the barriers to entry via acting, writing, producing, and directing, casting seem much lower. Particularly for the former (there's still a lot for the latter four).

It's similar in sports, although I would argue there are many more black athletes who are millionaires than black actors. It seems more conceivable that if black male athletes fully utilized their money and power they could gain greater control of the NFL and NBA. For example, why didn't a bunch of them pool their money to buy out LA Clippers from Donald Sterling's wife, like the microsoft guy is trying to do? Instead they're congratulating themselves for wearing their jerseys inside out, stupidly thinking they're making some kind of a protest statement.

Anyway, I didn't mean to get off topic. … My basic point is that how many people whether in film school or outside of it know how to get into these types of positions? I do hope there is someone out there who is black, works in this area of the industry, and will come forward to share the secret of how one gets into this arena. I, for one, and incredibly interested and would like to know.

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