How to get started in a film or television career

It cannot be easy to get your first job in television or film production. But it doesn’t have to. This section contains various articles and references to help you get your entertainment career started.

Which Career Type Are You Looking for?

Start by narrowing down your career options. Many entertainment careers can be very lucrative and rewarding. Before you begin looking, you need to know what you are looking for. These are some profiles of popular television and film career options:

  • Makeup artist
  • Casting director
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer
  • Film director
  • Production Designer

Assessing your skills

What kind of education is required for your career? What are the things you’re good at? It may surprise you, but it might make you happy to learn that entertainment professionals don’t have any specialized training. They received most of their training on the job. There is no substitute. It is a good idea to determine which career best suits your talents when you are just starting. Also, you should get over your fear of not having enough experience and decide if film school is right for you.

  • Find out your strengths. Are there any innate talents you could immediately use to make a career in television or film?
  • You might be surprised at how many valuable skills you may have. These skills can be very useful as you work towards your entertainment career.
  • Should you go to film school? This article will help answer the age-old question that most people who enter the entertainment industry ask.

Are You Looking for Jobs?

The internet has made it much easier to find jobs in the entertainment industry. In the past, word of mouth was the only way to get a job within the entertainment industry. Nowadays, production companies are overwhelmed with work and seek the best talent to fill these jobs. Entry-level jobs are a good source of quality talent.

  • Variety job classifieds: Variety is one the largest trade mags with a huge jobs section every day.
  • Job boards for major media companies: The majority of the major media corporations (Disney and NBC-Universal, Warner Brothers etc.) have job boards. You will find many job listings and a list of available internships on their website.

How do I write a resume?

You will often be required to submit a resume when looking for your first job as an entertainer. Even if you have only had a small job at a local fast-food restaurant, you can still build a strong resume to help you get in the door.

They All Started Somewhere

Another good news is that most who work in television and film have no previous experience and no talent like a prodigy. Even fewer of them had uncles with the last name Coppola or Spielberg. People approach their entertainment careers the same way as you do, one day at a time. Don’t be discouraged if you get the “big break” within your first month, month or year. You will greatly increase your chances of success in the entertainment industry if you remember the three P’s for any television or film career: be passionate, persistent, & patient.

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