Have you ever considered just how wide the entertainment industry is? Take a look at a movie, which is filled with actors and extras. Then, there is the director, the producer, the casting agent, the light and sound technician, the promoter, and more. The movie industry is the gold standard of the world of entertainment, and very few manage to break into it. Completing entertainment industry programs will increase your chances somewhat, but it is likely that you will have to lower your standards to a degree. The reality is that it takes a whole lot of luck, and many important connections to get into the movies. Keep on dreaming, but set your sights on something realistic as well.
One step down from the movie industry is the television industry. Take a look at programs such as American Idol, The Amazing Race, Survivor, millions of chat shows, sports shows, fitness programs, nature programs, and more. All of that is part of the entertainment industry, and a whole lot easier to get into already, particularly if you don’t set your sights too high. There is a need for contestants, presenters, announcers, cheerleaders, cameramen, newscasters, stuntmen, special effects professionals, makeup artists, paper pushers, emcees, executives, caterers, go cart mechanics, and many more. Getting a job in this element of the entertainment industry, therefore, is a lot bigger already.
Amusement parks are also part of the entertainment industry. In fact, the play a vital role in keeping our nation entertained. If you are studying towards an entertainment degree, these parks are perfect places to gain valuable experience. You may want to consider it for an internship as well. Amusement park places may not seem like the ideal place for a lengthy career, but you would be surprised at how rewarding (both financially and morally) running such a park can be.
How to Get Started
So how do you find a job in this industry? Forgetting about the movies for a minute, as it is almost impossible to find work through traditional methods, there are quite a few good options out there for you:
- There are excellent online job boards where a range of jobs will be posted. Not just that, there will also generally be resource databases that enable you identify the type of job that you would like to go for within this industry. Sometimes, you will have to pay to become a member of these job boards, but they usually come with a free trial so you can see whether the payment is worth it or not.
- Join a union such as the screenwriters’ guild or another relevant union. They can get you a lot of help, including notification and representation if there is a job going.
- Be realistic. The entertainment industry is incredibly competitive and everybody hopes to be the next big thing, regardless of the exact positions they will take up.
The downside of the entertainment industry is that it can be hard to get in. On the upside, you can skew things in your favor by completing a degree, and by aiming for realistic positions, rather than the top ones.