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To be a part of the bigger picture: Respect. Access. Support. Connection. Celebration. Sharing resources and information. Advocacy. And benefits we love to share. That’s what the LMGI is here for — and more. For more details click here: JOIN TODAY.
Absolutely! No matter where you live and work, The LMGI exists solely to promote the craft of the location professional. We are a unifying force in what is often a solitary endeavor –providing career-boosting professional development and education through events, networking and mentorship. Our members and leadership live and work throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Europe and beyond. LMGI members represent the best of the best working in our craft. So no matter where in the world you work, you belong in the LMGI.
Location work requiresa unique skill set, including creativity, photography, management, communication (both written and oral), computer proficiency, budgeting, sense of adventure, stamina, and great people skills. The best suggestion is get some experience working on a film, TV or commercial project in your area. Take advantage of any opportunity, union or non-union, paid or volunteer, to get experience. Keep a positive attitude, no matter how small or insignificant a job may seem—that’s how you impress people and get a foot in the door! Many of us started by doing other things in the business and gravitated to location managing for different reasons.
The LMGI Compass magazine’s Career Focus column gives you an idea of how top Location Professionals got their start. Click here to read back issues.
Another option is to contact your local film commission and volunteer! They may be able to help you with a list of local Location Managers you can ask about the job and/or apprentice with to develop your skills.
If you already have some experience, and meet the criteria, you can apply for Apprentice Membership in the LMGI. Use your membership as an opportunity to meet working Location Managers. Volunteer on committees, work at LMGI events and make an impression. Write articles for the website! Many LMGI volunteer opportunities can be performed virtually and from anywhere in the world!
Your LMGI membership renewal is due each year on the anniversary of your association with the Guild. The easiest and best way to renew your membership is automatically through the billing system. Members are automatically opted in to auto-renewal unless they email admin@LocationManagers.org directly to have their card removed after payment. You will receive an email reminder 15 days before your LMGI Membership expires to confirm your card on file.
Your LMGI membership profile exists to work for you! Producers, UPMs, Production Designers, Film Commissions and other Location Professionals know LMGI members worldwide are serious about our craft. Put your best foot forward with an informative LMGI profile, complete with your resume, your IMDB page, list your personal web site and scouting photographs. Distinguish yourself by listing the languages you speak, along with any unique skills that set you apart, including regions where your knowledge and contacts are strongest.