How To Become a Freelance Runner?

The role of a Runner on video shoots is one of the most entry-level positions on the set. While the job may involve seemingly menial tasks, many of the top Film Producers, Technicians and Directors today began their careers as a Runner on a film set.

Runners are often supervised by Assistant Directors and will receive some on the job instruction. Multiple Runners may be required for larger projects, while smaller productions will only employ one Runner.

Runners are named as such because their primary role is to run errands relevant to the production. They also take care of assorted tasks on set. The main qualities Runners need is a can-do attitude and a genuine interest in the film industry. The specific duties of a runner may include:

Placing, arranging, moving and organizing props.

Placing, arranging, moving and organizing props.

Serving beverages or food to cast and crew members.

Serving beverages or food to cast and crew members.

Retrieving items as directed.

Retrieving items as directed.

Acting as a delivery person or driver.

Acting as a delivery person or driver.

Complete tasks assigned to them by staff.

Complete tasks assigned to them by staff.

Play To Your Strengths

The duties of a Runner on a film or video set can vary widely. Because of this, a range of strengths is valued in this role, including:

Being motivated and energetic.

Being motivated and energetic.

Punctuality, accuracy and efficiency.

Punctuality, accuracy and efficiency.

Having the ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments.

Having the ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments.

Attention to detail.

Attention to detail.

Flexibility in pivoting from one assignment to the next, even if each task is very different.

Flexibility in pivoting from one assignment to the next, even if each task is very different.

A personable nature.

A personable nature.

Excellent organizational skills.

Excellent organizational skills.

Keep Developing

Motivated, conscientious Runners will soon develop reputations for being reliable and enjoyable to work with. This could lead to other opportunities in the film and video realm. To continue developing, Runners should:

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Ask for Feedback. You’ll never know how you’re doing unless you ask. Request regular assessments of your performance as well as specific feedback about how you can become even better at the job. Developing thick skin can be advantageous, too.

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Always a Student. Being a runner is an excellent way to get a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of a film project. Treat this opportunity as an educational experience and strive to learn all you can. Learn from others who have been Runner as well.

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Find Your Niche. As you gain experience as a runner, determine where you’d like to go in the industry. You should be able to hone in on the best area for you, and then take steps to move into that area yourself.

Diversify

A Runner is about as entry-level as you can get in the film and video world. However, it can be the potential gateway to any other role that films require. Additional entry level positions might include:

Production Assistant

Production Assistant

Grip

Grip

Assistant to the Cast

Assistant to the Cast

Camera Assistant

Camera Assistant

Assistant Editor

Assistant Editor

The Runner position is open to just about anyone with drive, ambition and a willingness to pay their dues. If you get this opportunity, treat it as a valuable learning experience and stepping stone to greater things.

Other Creator Resources

There are currently over 50 freelance runners on the 90 Seconds platform.

Last month runners billed over 200 hours to clients all over the world.

Clients like Uber, PayPal, Conde Nast, Google, and leading agencies around the world hire runners on 90 Seconds.

There are currently 30 open quotes that require a runner on 90 Seconds.

90 Seconds can help you grow your business through finding work and developing new skills to manage a freelance business.