Before I was a camera guy, I was a photo guy.
I would ask directors if I could come on-set as a behind-the-scenes photographer.
Which basically made me a production assistant since I asked everyone on-set if I could help out.
And because I knew a thing or two about cameras and lighting, I ended up as Camera Assistant.
Until the directors trusted me enough to hold the camera on my own.
So that is how I weaselled my way into a career in operating video cameras.