"If you like cameras, there are lots of opportunities in this field. This position also offers job security, which is important to women with families."

The film industry contributes over $3 billion annually to Canada's Gross Domestic Product.

Camera technician Cynthia Greer’s original goal in the film business was to direct meaningful Canadian movies. Her hands on experience in film equipment rentals, however, evolved that goal into something she could really hold on to - camera equipment repair. While Cynthia likes the regular employment and reasonable hours her job offers, there’s still more than enough production pressure to deal with. Camera equipment has to function properly or there’s a lot of high priced talent on set waiting around for Cynthia to fix it or bring another camera.

Did you know? For every dollar spent directly in the film industry, three dollars are spent in other areas of the economy.

A junior technician makes between $28,000 and $36,000 a year. Cynthia usually works a regular 40 hour work week, but in the summer the hours are longer because that's when the film industry is booming. Then she can work up to six hours of overtime a day.

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Cynthia has to be meticulous when it comes to making sure the camera is in proper working order. And, since the cameras are so crucial to production, the inspections don’t stop when Cynthia’s done. Next, the customer comes in and double checks all the equipment again.

To be a camera technician you need to pay close attention to detail. Cynthia is good at her job because she is a perfectionist. She enjoys going over every detail until she is satisfied that the camera is in proper working order.


Education: 3 year Film Production program, Humber College

Hobbies: Snowboarding, hiking and playing with her dog