I want to get my foot in the door in the prop styling/set design realm....best recommendations on how to start getting that experience?

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If you've been on set with stylists, maybe contact them and let them know you'd love to help them on the weekends. Or start researching local stylists whose work you like and email them the same offer. Intern for free or low pay for a while and then when you're ready to leave your full time job, you'll have some contacts in the industry ready to hire you to assist them. Good luck!

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Go art PA on a feature. You’ll learn a TON

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I’ve been wondering same...

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Get in as an assistant. When you’re not working on art dept., take up a gig where you’re learning about building and materials. Gain that backend knowledge so you always have a solve for what type of glue to use or how to treat a surface. Immerse yourself and learn from every mistake. As an AP, ask your art department how they did that, why they made it out of that, how many yards or bundles or feet did they use to make that. And why!

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Go to prop houses (which every production designer has some type of relationship with) and tell the owner or employees there that you're a serious, hardworking person looking to gain experience in set design/prop styling. If you catch them at a good time in sure they will give you a few names to contact

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