Tuesday Crew Day: Lance Schrader

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Tuesday Crew Day: Lance Schrader

Where are you from, where are you located now, and what are your ties to WV?

I was born in Huntington but grew up in South Charleston. My Bachelor’s degree is from WV State University and my Master’s degree is from Marshall University.

What was your first job in film production and what was the experience like?

My first job was a week-long shoot for two commercials. They were long days for very little pay, but I was hooked anyways.

What was your last job and what were you responsible for?

For my last job, I recorded sound for an athletic profile for TSN (think Canadian ESPN).

What advice would you give someone wanting to work in the film industry?

It’s helpful to understand the different departments in the film industry. However, I would choose one or two things and concentrate on them. If you don’t, you may spread yourself a little thin and become less marketable than someone who has concentrated and mastered a skill. It is important to work smart than work hard. If you can do both, then you’ll go far. This isn’t really a profession where the job grows on you. If you don’t feel happy or fulfilled doing this, then I’d recommend trying something else. It’s not an easy career, nor is it glamorous. If it doesn’t suit you, GET OUT NOW.