Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Getting Jobs in Entertainment question 871: How do I reenter the biz after taking time off to caretake a parent?
You start by putting together a list of all of the contacts you had before you left the business. People are understanding, and when you're honest about why you had to leave, they will get it. However, be careful not to "over-share." In your message to me, you explained the affect care-taking had on you, and while it's okay to share with a coach, you wouldn't want to share anything more with your contacts than you were taking care of your mother. The reason being, any adverse effects it had on your health can be a concern to a production company that you are not fit to work.
Once you re-establish relationships with your old contacts, you will need to research who the new people are and ask for referrals to them.
Depending on the relationships you had before you left the industry, where they are now, what positions they have available, and how up to speed you need to get with updates in technology, the time table for breaking in varies. Where there is a will there's a way.
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