I'm looking to break into the television biz, and was wondering how you felt about contacting production companies directly and asking about internship/assistant positions. It seems as if these types of positions aren't directly advertised, and since I don't have any good contacts in the industry, I felt like my best bet might be to cold-call people. On the other hand, I can see how this might seem intrusive and annoying and turn people off. Would you be willing to tell me how you feel about cold calling? Is it an acceptable practice in the industry? And, if I do contact companies, is there an optimal time in the production cycle to do so?
Well, if you cold call them and they're annoyed, you haven't lost anything, have you? Because they didn't know you anyway.
You can always call people and offer to intern. What's not to like about someone offering to work for free? There is little point to calling and asking about paid assistant positions. The odds are poor you'll hit just when they're looking for an assistant -- though it can happen -- and the odds are poor they'll pick you over someone who knows someone they know.