APMM Community Forum : Seeking Employment
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 Subject : Re:Prospective US Employment Opportunities Enquiry.. 12/04/2022 01:37:31 PM 
Jenny Tommos
Posts: 29
Hi Lawrence!

I'm in NYC, I've built models for architects and scenic designers here for the last 18 years.

Advice that comes to mind:

Work permit:
Unless you have a work permit allowing you to work legally in the US, think twice before moving here.

Positions advertised:
UK modelmakers are more organized, professional and established, judging by what postings I see on LinkedIn every week and on the 4D job page. Maybe it's because there are two very good modelmaking schools in the UK, there is an 'after market' for these highly skilled graduates in architecture, film/TV, special effects. US LinkedIn job postings are predominantly for in-house machinists and industrial prototypes.
There is interesting work being done in the US, but it's never broadcast in job ads, and it's 100% networking.
If working in special effects, consider Los Angeles, a film industry town.
There is also a union for model makers on the west coast, unlike the east coast Local USA 829 union, who pretends model making doesn't exist as a profession.

Feel free to join Model Makers Guild of New York on LinkedIn, and post and browse there. https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9171408/

It sounds like you have gotten a very good start to your career in the UK. My advice would be to continue building your career there before trying to jump across the pond.

Best of luck,
Jenny Tommos
 Subject : Prospective US Employment Opportunities Enquiry.. 12/04/2022 08:59:53 AM 
Lawrence McMillan
Posts: 2
Location: UK
Dear APMM Members,
My name in Lawrence McMillan and I was the winner of the APMM 2021 Art Hedlund competition with my Japanese Karakuri archer automaton. I currently live in the UK, but for personal reasons I am looking to move to the USA and further my career in model making, sculpting and Special Effects.
I am reaching out to the APMM membership in the hopes that someone might be able to link me up with an opportunity of any kind of creative work in the New York area. Since graduating from the University of Hertfordshire in 2021, I have worked in the film industry in construction sculpting on various film and television productions, and I have now moved into the SFX breakaway department where I am developing my skills.
Please find attached my website and resume.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Lawrence McMillan
Tel: +447845552097

Email: [email protected]

Website: lawrencemcmillan.com

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