Hi john. I do know Moose. He is one of the best and you can't have a better teacher. I'm glad you are up on your set gripping. It's like the undergrad degree before you get to post grad and you have to have it. The military background will also serve you well. Just keep doing low budget if that's all you can get. It's like a training ground to refine your skills. The absolute best is tv. There's no better challenge for a dolly grip and it will make you fast. Doing crane tech will help.you. one of the hardest things to find is a pickle operator who understands when and why the camera moves. Use your time doing that to understand it as much as you can. Eyelines, camera placement, why the camera is where it is are all things to study. I'm telling you that the more you work on these things and the better you get at these things the more people will notice and the more opportunities will pop up. More and more shows are coming south and they all want a local dolly grip. If you are one of two or three and the others are working, start making phone calls. You'll make it. Good luck.