So I just read this article on the state of TV in LA. More specifically, the state of jobs in TV in LA. According to stats, California has less dramatic (read: scripted, not "reality") TV being filmed than New York and even Canada. Yes, our northern market is booming in comparison to La La Land in terms of dramatic television series. We have some great tax credits here for production and that's making Canadian cities alluring to TV money spenders. And while that's bad news bears to Hollywood, it's the sound of opportunity knocking in the Great White North.
What do I mean by that? Well, it means our crews and actors will start (in some cases, continue) to work on more recognizable projects. Not only will this allow our talents to shine but to also more fully develop as the work continues. Put this development hand-in-hand with recognizable projects and you start a perfect cyclical storm of networking, talent, and good ol' name dropping (oh my God, you worked with who, on what?!) that can lead to more work and more jobs. From my experience thus far in this industry, one big job often yields another or one big production follows another. Three cheers for employment!
I realize this is an overly optimistic post and I'm most definitely not saying that the film and TV industry is about to be flush with jobs, so don't go quitting your stable income maker to be the next Shonda Rhimes (you did hear she just sold a bunch of shows, right?). At least, not yet. What I am saying is that it's exciting to see some good things happening here in the entertainment biz. And that's always reason to celebrate. Thanks tax credits. I'll drink one in your honour.