I rang in 2018 by quitting my “survival job” as a bartender, adamant that I would find solid work in the film industry. I landed a few short contract positions, but within a couple months the cost of living in Los Angeles was simply too much. My hope was growing painfully thin and I was days away from taking my old bartending job back when a bit of luck came my way.

It was early March, and on my daily job search I came across a Production Assistant job on a documentary film. Typically I would have overlooked the listing…

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