There is a lot to consider when it comes to booking the right production staff for your project. Outsourcing your crewing needs to a production staffing company can make your life easier. Here’s a look at some of the benefits.
Production staffing companies have deep connections
Staffing is all about connections. You need to know the right people or where to find the right people. Production staffing companies have deep connections and large databases of national and international talent. They can quickly piece together the right team simply by reaching out to people they already know.
Production staffing companies know how to build the right team
When crewing a production, it’s all about assembling the right team. You need to understand the goals and objectives of the project and what skill sets will help you meet those objectives. If you’re looking for a camera operator for a one-off live music concert, you wouldn’t want to book a DP who specializes in documentaries. You want someone with extensive live music experience. You also need to consider the environment itself – are you shooting in a studio, or remotely? Physical environment also plays a role in finding the right talent. Any qualified production staffing company will ask these questions up front to make sure they fully understand the needs of the project so they can match the right talent to your project.
Production staffing companies understand your technical needs
Aside from matching the crew to the scope of the project, you also need to consider the technology you’re using for the job. You want a crew who is familiar with – and has experience using – all of your technical components. On-the-job training is not something you want to offer – especially if you’re producing a live production.
Production staffing companies can handle all your paperwork and admin needs
By outsourcing your production staffing, your staffing agency will directly hire all 1099 contractors or full-time employees. They already have the systems in place to bring someone on-board for a one-off or long-term project. All the payroll, insurance and management systems are already in place, leaving you with less to worry about and less to manage.
Production staffing companies free up your schedule
Staffing companies will manage all aspects of booking or hiring your production personnel, which leaves you more time to focus on the creative aspects of the project. You relay what your needs are, and your staffing company will handle the rest – from recruitment and onboarding to payroll and scheduling.
Letting an outside company handle your production staffing needs will ensure that you have the right team onboard for your project, allowing you more to spend more time and energy on the “big picture”.