Starting a career as an independent filmmaker is exceedingly difficult. Essentially, you’re starting a company from scratch. It may only be a company of one or two to start, but a lot of places start that way.
Due to the fact that your early days of being an independent filmmaker, your early days will be primarily sporadic gig work at odd hours, filmmakers who choose to take a full time day job can often lose out on many opportunities. Even when they do, they're often underpaid, and exposure doesn't pay the rent.
When starting out, nearly every independent filmmaker can benefit from side hustle or two. Here are a list of some of my favorite indiefilm side hustles, most of which I've done myself at some time or another. They’re all very flexable, have work when you need them, and don’t need you when you’re busy. Some have other bonuses, that I've listed for convienience.
1. Ride Sharing/Ride Giving with Lyft
Bonus - Power Networking
With the advent of Lyft and Uber, anyone livingin a city with a decent car can make some decent money driving for Lyft. The application is eashy, and you can turn it on and off as you need it. You'd be really surprised who you can meet while driving for lyft, a friend of mine has met investors, venture capitalists, and even heads of really interesting film startups [that aren't mine] by driving lyft. Uber passengers tend to be less talkative, so the networking
They also have some generous sign up bonuses that vary by region and time of year, Those bonuses often reach as much as a 500 bucks in addition to your regular pay for meeting quotas. As of this initial publishing, the SF bonus means if you hit some quotas you make an of 2 grand. Quotas and bonuses vary by city and state, so check it out here.
See the sign up bonus in your area by clicking here!
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2. Delivery with Door Dash
BONUS: Oh the things you'll see.
There are two major problems with Lyft. To make much money at it, you need a car, and you also have to be kind of social to do it well. If you’re the introverted type as many creators and writers are, that can be hard. Luckily, there are on demand jobs you can sign up for that don’t require you to talk to that many people, or even have a car.
Door Dash involves getting out in the streets and taking food to hungry people who are too busy or can’t be bothered to put pants on to run out and grab it themselves. Sometimes they won’t put pants on when they answer the door. I only really did this job for a few weeks for extra cash before my book came out, butI could tell you many stories.
They also offer generous bonuses on a regular basis for active dashers. Not quite as generous as Lyft, but much more generous than some other options. These bonuses also vary by region, so check out what they are by you!
Learn more at Door Dash.com
3. Easy to use Day Gig work
BONUS - No commitment heightens flexibility
Got a day free and need some money to make rent? Wonolo and similar services have your back. After signing up for orientation, you can get started helping people move, organizing, cleaning, whatever those daily tasks that just need doing, and getting paid to do them. you'd be surprised what jobs you can get.
There’s an app called Wonolo that can help. Wonolo helps you get gigs at local businesses that only last a day or two, so you can keep your days free. You’ll get 25 bucks bonus when you complete your first gig.
Sign up here:
4.Generalized Freelance work
BONUS: Work from home and be a better organizer
Every film producer or production manager develops tasks that are really useful in a general office enviorment. Luckily, there are sites that help you find just that. Here’ moonlighting. It helps you do a lot more general work from home freelance stuff on an admin level.
5.Creative Gig work.
BONUS: Hone your Related skills while making money
There’s lots of in demand creative skills you have as a filmmaker. You could even try bids on 99 designs, where gigs range between 299 and 499.
Check it out now!
And of course, there’s Fiverr. Fiverr lets you list any service starting at only 5 bucks. You could do anything from leaving a review on someone’s movie [or having them do yours] so it gets more attention on it’s platform, you could do some lower-end design work, do a single photo touch up, the possibilities are endless.
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6. Share your Guest Room on AirBnB
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