Ben's Open Road
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The Original Roadtrip
New York, NY
Public Television: The Original Roadtrip
The Boiler Room
exposure, grunt work, happiness, key grip, movies, personal assistant, start from the bottom, work for free, wu tang clan
- Knew he loved movies more than anything else in life, but never thought it could be a career.
- Nothing else really jumped out at him, so he majored in communications.
- After college, found a production assistant job and fell in love with the film set on the first day.
- Did the “grunt work” as a PA, mostly doing coffee orders.
- Quit that job to go work on a film for no pay; film got canceled the day he was supposed to start.
- A friend felt bad that the film fell through, invited him to help shoot a Wu Tang Clan video.
- People at the shoot assumed he knew what he was doing but Ben had never worked grip.
- Faked his way through that first music video and the rest was history.