How to Get into the Entertainment Industry

Whether your dream is to run a studio, produce a new drama, or have your own TV show, the world of entertainment is creative, glamorous, and exciting. There are hundreds of career paths to pick from, and if you want to see your name in movie credits, this is the industry for you. But you have to get there first. If you want to enter the industry, you likely have to start at the bottom and work your way up. And knowing the right people will go a long way. If you want to launch your career, it’s going to take some hard work.

Get a Degree

Consider getting a degree to give you a leg up in the industry. For example, if you like mathematics and are good at planning, you might get a degree in entertainment manager. Or if you prefer art and design, you could get a degree in digital production so you could work in scriptwriting, video production, or audio editing. No matter what degree you choose, you might need to take out private student loans to attend school. One of the advantages of taking out loans is that you can start your degree now instead of waiting to save up enough money.

Understanding the Industry

The media has different recruiting practices than other industries often do. This means that you might begin as an assistant, even if you are highly capable. You might not be paid as much when you start out, and you can’t do a job interview unless you can start immediately. So, college seniors would not want to apply for jobs until April or May. Before working on your resume or networking, do your homework. Do you want to work in music, film, or TV? What types of opportunities are available for each industry, and who runs the major companies? Look online and find job listings for each level, even if you do not apply to them. Highlight the responsibilities that look interesting and list any questions you can’t answer yourself.

It’s All About Networking

Once you know the specific part of the entertainment industry you’re interested in, begin making contacts. Your professors and classmates are great resources but consider other people you already know who might be helpful. Look for professional organizations related to your desired career path or industry conferences. If you haven’t already, create professional social media accounts. Remember, however, that higher-level people aren’t as likely to help you get an entry-level job since they likely don’t know many of those jobs. Instead, look for people who are a little older than you and who have entry-level jobs. They might know about openings and be more sympathetic. Remember that most people might not be able to help right away, so keep contacting them. Send your contacts emails every couple of weeks to stay in touch. Send an article, mention something relevant in the news, or just ask a question. That will keep doors open as contacts come across potentially helpful positions.

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