I would love even more to have someone else out there marketing me, so that I could just be informed of the wheres and whens of the next gig, rather than having to "apply" so often. <<< That is probably the primary reason you get actors and writers and directors, even, who become producers. It is probably also the reason you get producers and actors who become writers and directors. Everybody thinks that "in that position, I can write my own ticket," as it were. Grass is always greener, don'tchaknow?
I don't want to write or direct or produce my own stuff. I watch those folks venturing into the "greener pastures" and having as hard a time at it as I'm having over here, in my greenish field with the occasional wellspring (of work). There's plenty of money, and there's plenty of appropriate work, to go around. We can all be busy, happily "creating" entertainment. It's just a matter of finding that work, or the funding, or whatever.
When I first started in this biz, I was told "It's not what you know, it's who you know." I found that to be a falsehood almost immediately. It helps to know the what, as well as knowing the who (not "The Who", although I doubt knowing "The Who" would hurt). But really, it's "who knows you".
I interviewed today for a seven-day gig that's going to pay me a reasonable salary for my expertise. I think, as long as my schedule allows, that I've actually been the only Script Supervisor to be interviewed, and that I've actually got the job. The only problem is that it's not slated yet; the plan is to shoot... in FEBRUARY of 2015. GREAT! I've booked seven days in February, at a reasonable wage! Woo Hoo! But now what?
Beyond that, I think they were impressed enough with me that I'll be able to help them crew it up with folks that I know and like working with. I get to be the "who" in the "who knows you" equation! Sweet! Here's hoping I'll be able to bring a buncha fine folk with me into a fun, creative production environment, and we'll all love working together so much, we'll want to always have the same people on board, no matter how big or small the project, no matter how long or short the shoot.
Kinda like what I've had over the last two weekends!