We held an Entertainment Recruiter’s Confab last week and I wanted to thank everybody that dropped-by as well as our gracious hosts at The Falcon in Hollywood. It is always fun to connect with folks that we’ve known for years via the site and over the phone…but finally meet face-to-face.
People routinely ping me about my view of the economy and business climate for our market. From the many discussions with several market leaders who help their companies survive and grow, my take is that folks are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Two months ago I’m not sure people had an idea how far out it was, but there are things happening. Granted, things are slow but pieces of the Hollywood machinery are starting to move and as we all know, one move causes three others.
My modest optimism is based on not only slightly increased staffing volume but in which market segments they are hiring in and what titles. What I term the 'middle' of our industry which includes agencies, mid-size home entertainment, recording labels, moderate-size studios and services groups are picking up. Folks have cut so deep that now that business is increasing on some fronts, plates are overloaded and quality is suffering...so they're hiring (some) to alleviate the pressure.
The Confab format seems to work as a venue for recruiters and industry operators to get a pulse of what's happening. So we do plan to continue them as the year progresses so stay tuned. Plus we’re open to suggestions on format, location, partnerships, invite lists, etc.
Thanks again for everyone who helped make the evening happen.