I'm an Orchid member and just read about your amazing donation
to the Tucson dinner, can't wait to see it. I have a question
about the making of props for shows. Costuming has always
fascinated me, especially the sci-fi's. Since becoming a jeweler,
I've been curious what it takes to work in the business and how to
go about getting into making jewelry for shows and movies. Thanks
for any info you're willing to share. Marta Irvin, Sacramento
Marta, I think that the thing which I love most about Orchid, (and I
have said this to many Orchidians) is the wonderful sharing of
knowledge which occurs. Formerly, jewelers kept their ‘secret
techniques’ very ‘close to the vest.’ Now, on Orchid, a jeweler in
Asia might learn from someone in the U.S., Europe, etc. It’s GREAT!
That said, If I KNEW an easy answer to: “what it takes to work in
the business and how to go about getting into making jewelry for
shows and movies,” I probably wouldn’t tell you <grin.>
You would be my COMPETITION ! ! !
Actually, though, there isn’t an easy answer. It isn’t WHAT you know,
It’s WHO you know. ALL of my commissions for movie work have been
through networking and word of mouth. I am lucky enough to have a
number of clients in various phases of “the (film) industry,” and
they have led me to this work.
I also have a theater background, and that helps.
My recommendation to you to get your foot in the door, would be to
contact groups which produce theater or local film producers (if any)
and offer your service. Looking forward to meeting you in Tucson.
David Barzilay, Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings
607 S Hill St Ste 850
Los Angeles, CA 90014-1718