Organization Is Key
Being organized is one of the best qualities to have in any career; the entertainment industry is one of the fastest moving industries out there and executives are looking for people that they can rely on and who display good work habits. Take the time to make sure you are not only prepared for what is asked of you, but also anticipate an alternate need or one that wouldn’t be asked of you. If you talk about the daily newsletter you wrote in college, have the digital example ready to share as well as a hard copy for them as a take away. It could distinguish you from the competition.
Study The Landscape
You think you want to work in the entertainment industry? Not everyone can be an influencer or director so dig deeper and look at all the opportunities the industry has to offer. Find out about different careers in each field, the skill sets needed and what jobs are emerging. The more you know about the industry and the field you are in as a while, the more you’ll be able to identify potential opportunities. And once you find a job you are interested in applying for? Research some more. There is nothing that impresses a potential employer more than someone who has true knowledge and understanding of the industry, company, and role.
Network Even More
Platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram have become important tools in connecting us with each other professionally as well as personally. Embrace them. Take time to find companies you are interested in or professionals with careers you want to emulate, and reach out. Get out there and attend events that interest you. A short, friendly note that introduces yourself, explains your passion and asks for an informational chat to learn is sometimes all it takes to open a new door. People love to share their experiences and know the importance of networking with the next generation of professionals. Sodon’t be shy about asking for the most important resource available, knowledge.
Start With What You Have
Few people in the industry are natives to the big entertainment hubs of New York and Los Angeles and it may take some time to make ‘the big move.’ But that doesn’t mean you can’t start pursuing your dream now. Seek out local opportunities to get your foot in the door. Every town has local news and radio stations, a theatre, or commercial production house and all of them need help. Ask about an internship or part-time job there and start getting familiar with the industry in your own area. Hands-on experience will resonate with potential employers down the road and local experience beats out zero experience every time.