Working in the Entertainment Industry

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If you are interested in working in the entertainment field, you will need perseverance and a drive to succeed and compete with other talented candidates. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are also required, in addition to a professional network that can open doors and jumpstart the application and interview process.

Entertainment Industry Experience

This industry is characterized by competitiveness and even saturation. Younger generations are attracted by fame and fortune, and their enthusiasm and passion is powerful motivation. Any chance to work in media or entertainment that presents itself should be grasped with both hands. Whether you are pursuing a career as an actor or a make-up artist, if you don't seize an opportunity, someone else will.

College internships provide exposure to the field of film and television. These experiences often require the intern to do much of the grunt work in return for valuable insight, knowledge, and skills that a job candidate would not otherwise be able to tap. An internship also provides the opportunity to network and nurture professional contacts crucial in the field of entertainment. Working for your college newspaper, radio or television station, or in college theater productions can provide candidates with experience that can help them to get hired. All of these activities will enhance a resume.

Challenges of a Career in the Entertainment Industry

Criticism and rejection are a component of a career in this field, and those who wish to enter the entertainment industry should have the ability to take criticism in stride and to thrive under pressure. Landing a job in this field is a huge accomplishment, but the majority of jobs in the entertainment field are temporary. Success in the field requires accepting the highs with the lows and constant change with the likelihood of minimal stability as far as employment and location are concerned.

In the entertainment and media industry, you will have to work your way up, perhaps starting as an assistant. Another problem is that most jobs will expect you to begin immediately. If you are a college senior, you may find that you graduate and have to wait a long time to bring in any income because you cannot interview until April or May.

Careers in Television, Film, and Broadcasting

Some examples of career roles in the entertainment industry are news reporter, news writer, screenwriter, public relations and promotions director, costume designer, production assistant, make-up artist, set designer, animator, actor, crew member, special effects creator and editor, editor, critic, director, composer, and photographer/camera operator. In addition, a range of sports-related careers is​ included in this category such as sports agent, sports marketing, sports media relations, and sports publicity.

Remember that your best bet for entering the world of media and entertainment is through a referral from someone on the inside. Build your network and nurture your contacts. Be involved in the entertainment world as much as you can so that you hear about possible vacancies. Few of these opportunities will ever be advertised because there are so many people looking for a possible break. The more you can immerse yourself in your passion, the more likely you are to succeed.