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by MIKE CLUM, Production Hub

As a video producer or production company, booking a local freelancer for your client-facing shoot is not a task to take lightly. Book the wrong person and you’ll be in quite a jam. Going through the freelance hiring process is half like giving a job interview, and half selling the crew member on the excitement of the project. So it’s certainly both an art and a science. After booking for hundreds of outside freelance crew members, I’ve assembled six key items to look for to avoid disaster and make your out-of-town production a success.

#1: Build your List

The first thing you want to do is build a list of at least 10 to 15 freelance options in the area. While this seems like a lot, for most production roles you will only be able to get in touch with 5 to 6 of the targets on your list.

Here is a spreadsheet booking templateyou can download to keep track of your candidates.

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