The entertainment industry is one-of-a-kind. There is a strong perception around Hollywood, the red carpets and the glitz and glamour, but in reality, behind all of this are millions of hard-working people, whose passion for their work far outweighs the bright lights and glamour of the industry.
Here are five tips on how to break into the entertainment industry:
1. Start local
Few people within the entertainment industry are natives to New York and Los Angeles, and it may take time before such a big move can be made, but this does not mean, you can’t start pursuing your dreams now. Seek out local opportunities, to get your foot in the door. Every town has a local news and radio station theatre, production house and all of them are in need of help.
Get started by asking about an internship, or a part-time job and familiarise yourself with the industry in your own area. Hands-on experience will resonate with potentialemployers in the future, and local experience beats no experience all the time.
2. Network and then network some more
Social media platforms such as; LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram have become important tools to help you connect with other professionals within the industry. Take time to find other companies, that you are interested in or professionals with careers that you would like to emulate and reach out to.
In addition to social media, start to put yourself out there and attend events that interest you. Share your experiences with others and ask people you meet for advice. Networking events could potentially get you a life changing opportunity.
3. Do your research
So, you want to work in the entertainment industry, right? Not everyone can be an influencer, actor or a director. Do be open minded and dig deeper and look at all the different opportunities that 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. 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.
4. Be organised
Being organised is a great quality to have in any career. The entertainment industry is one of the fastest moving industries out there, therefore executives are looking for reliable people who display great qualities and working habits. Therefore, make sure you take time to prepare what is asked of you.
5. Be yourself
Be true to who you are, find your passions and rock them. Whether you’re a musician or an actor/actress, be passionate about it and let the world know. Don’t try to become what you think people want. Individuality is what truly makes the entertainment industry thrive, and not just for those who are on camera.
The business side of the industry is filled with people with amazingly creative and diverse interests and it leads to success. Who knows, maybe you could land a gig because you’re the man/woman who “always knows what concerts are in town”. Each person has a passion for something, so why not express yours and make sure you stand out from the rest.