Tuesday Crew Day: Michelle Goins

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Tuesday Crew Day: Michelle Goins

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

I was born and raised in Beckley and moved to Charleston when I was a teenager. I currently live in South Charleston. I'm a graduate of West Virginia State University.

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

My first production job was for a WV Lottery commercial. I got the job about three months after finishing the WV Film Office’s Production Assistant Training Seminar. I was thrilled when I was offered the position. It was a great experience and gave me my first professional credit. I learned several things, met a lot of people, and have worked on additional WV Lottery commercials since then.

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

My last job was working as a production assistant on the short film, “Transience.” I worked in the transportation department and was responsible for driving the crew back and forth from base camp and the set. I have done transportation for multiple productions and it is something I really enjoy. I never knew being able to drive a 15-passenger van was a skill set that would prove beneficial.

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

I recommend taking the training seminars offered by the West Virginia Film Office. The classes are a great way to learn about the industry, plus you are learning from people that are knowledgeable and work in the industry. When I am working on a production, I try to listen and watch what others are doing. It is a great way to pick up on tips and get new ideas. Fortunately, I have several friends that are in the production industry, and they are very kind and will let me ask them questions and then offer me advice.