Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Getting Jobs in Entertainment question 837: I'd work for free to show what kind of worker I am doing anything in entertainment. How?
The challenge with answering "how do I get a job doing anything in the business" is it's way too general. There are literally hundreds of different jobs in entertainment. It's really important to narrow down your search in order to research where your skill set could be a good fit. For example:
1. Are you executive material?
2. Do you want to work ON set?
3. Do you want to develop projects?
4. Do you want to be involved in the post production process?
5. Are you interested in sales, marketing, or promotion?
6. Do you want to drive a truck, cater food, do hair?
I can go on and on. I don't want to limit you by saying pick an area and stick to it, instead I'm suggesting you pick the area that sounds most intriguing to you, research it, and if it turns out to be underwhelming, choose another area.
Once you've done your research and have 3-5 jobs or areas that you know you're interested in, you can reach out to people who hold those jobs and ask them for business advice and guidance. A question you certainly want to ask is, "Where can I find an opportunity to offer my services for free?" Or in more corporate settings, an internship.
The more specific you can be, the easier it will be for people to help you.
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