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How To Get Started in Entertainment

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Entertainment is a vibrant career for those who are creative and enjoy entertaining an audience. There are many jobs within the entertainment field that require a wide range of talents and skills. Completing internships in entertainment is a great career builder and often a prerequisite for getting a future job in entertainment. Networking is key to building a career in the entertainment field.
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Here's How:

  1. Do you Have What it Takes?

    If you are interested in working in the entertainment field you will need to possess a great deal of perseverance and be internally driven to succeed and compete with others equally driven to make it in the field. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are also required in addition to creativity and a professional network to help open doors and provide valuable connections.

    College, internships, and volunteer experiences in the field are also extremely helpful in landing a job in the entertainment field.

  2. Gaining Experience in the Entertainment Field

    These experiences often require doing a lot of the grunt work but also offers student’s insight, knowledge, and skills as well as developing professional contacts that are crucial in the field of entertainment. Working for your college newspaper, radio or television station, or in college theater productions will provide you with a good start in gaining the necessary experience to get hired. Summer internships will give you additional experience to include on your resume.

  3. Some of the Challenges of Working in Entertainment

    If you are interested in pursuing a career in entertainment, you must be willing to accept criticism and rejection along the way. Competition is fierce in this field and only those who thrive under this type of pressure survive. Although you will experience a great high when you find yourself landing a job, unlike most jobs, the majority of jobs in the entertainment field are temporary and success in the field requires being able to take the highs with the lows.

  4. Top Sites for Entertainment Jobs and Internships

    The entertainment field is full of opportunities for individuals looking to break into the industry. Here are some of the top sites for finding jobs and internships in entertainment. Since it is such a competitive field, developing a strong network of contacts within the field can be extremely helpful. Gaining relevant experience is also required since most employers in the field will ask for a portfolio of previous work.

  5. Entry-Level Positions in Entertainment

    Production Assistant, Assistant Editor, Film Journalist, Screenwriters, Advertising Copywriter, News Reporter, News Writer.

  6. Entertainment Careers

    News reporter, news writer, screenwriter, public relations and promotions director, costume designer, production assistant, make-up artist, set designer, animator, actor, crew member, special effects, editor, critic, director, composer, and photographer/camera operator. In addition, a large range of sports related careers are included in this category, such as: sports agent, sports marketing, sports media relations, and sports publicity.

  7. Additional Resources for Finding Internships in Entertainment

    Publication Date: 2003

  8. Princeton Review Internship Bible
    Publication Date: 2005
    Author: M. Oldman and S. Hamadeh

  9. Princeton Review Best 109 Internships
    Publication Date: 2003

  10. Regional Theatre Directory 2003-2004
    Publication Date: 2003
    Author: Jill Charles

  11. Summer Theatre Directory 2003
    Publication Date: 2003
    Author: Barbara Ax

  12. Vault Guide to Top Internships
    Publication Date: 2005

  13. Professional Associations and Organizations in the Entertainment Field

    Actors

    Film

    Television & Radio Artists

    Screenwriters and Directors

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