Working in film and video production is often feast or famine. Steady paychecks are rare, and it’s difficult to plan far in advance.
The volatility is both a blessing and a curse. While stability is elusive, the inconsistent nature of the business has prepared many Austin production professionals for their current circumstances – fewer jobs, stagnant wages, and shrinking margins.
Many of the people who we spoke to for this series diversified their income long ago, and others are relying on savings to help them bridge the gap in work. Government unemployment checks and the $600 per week federal stimulus also have helped.
Here is a closer look at how these people are responding since COVID hit in early March.