Developing a Winning Mindset for Jobs in Entertainment

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This isn’t the cookie cutter world so many are accustomed to

Entertainment jobs are different from the cookie cutter world so many people find comfort in; being contrary is actually the norm.

Every day seems at odds with the next, often delivering different hours, different locations and an entirely different experience from week-to-week, day-to-day, hour to hour.

This is hard for many people to digest, and by people I mean those surrounding you and even your own self-doubt taking on a life of its own. But that’s the very excitement of it all, the opportunity to be exposed to something unique, to share your experiences and excite a crowd, to do something other than file a daily report.

There is no denying opportunities are competitive. The business can be cutthroat. And in turn, the mindset of those pursuing careers in entertainment is often fragile.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go for it, it just means you might need a little help here and there to remind you why you are striving to be contrary. We’re here to help you continue to develop your mindset to withstand the discord.

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Step 1: Surround Yourself with the Right People

The first thing that happens when you pursue something outside the norm is confusion from those around you. It’s comforting for parents and friends to know you are going after a career that is safe and has a great chance at success.

Unwittingly, they convince you that your dreams are unattainable and destined for failure, which is false.

“I’d encourage anyone to follow their dreams and pursue the career.  I love what I do,” says news anchor Marc Fein from NBC5 in Dallas. “Unfortunately when I was starting there were a lot of people who said things like, ‘it’s so tough, what if you don’t make it?’ Make sure you surround yourself with people who believe in you and will help you make your dream a reality.”

It doesn’t matter if you are going to work in engineering or pursue a career as a music producer, if you are talented and have skill you will find work. But for some reason, your peers assume being a music producer is more risky?

Don’t let them get in your head, surround yourself with people who say ‘heck yeah go for it!” and they will be there to help pick you up in times of struggle.

The Tip: I had a mentor tell me once, remove the toxic people from your life, they will always bring you down. It’s true, there are some people that seem to revel in misery; it’s their comfort zone. If you are serious about a job in entertainment, remove, or learn how to ignore, the naysayers. You’ll be better off.

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Step 2: Have a Plan

When you are feeling your best mentally and are full of positive energy, craft a detailed plan for the steps you envision in your career and what you need to get there.

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Having a written plan will make you more likely to achieve your goals – it’s a fact!

This will be a living document for you, since you won’t have all the answers from day one. The idea is to put your dreams and goals on paper which I realize sounds cheesy, but according to a study conducted by Dr. Gail Matthews you are nearly two times more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.

Don’t just start penning an emotionless, robotic plan, ‘I will get my degree in film studies…I will get a job on a film…I will advance to become an assistant director”, include the emotions behind the action.

Why do you want to work in film? Why is being an assistant director an important step? Write it down and you’ll crystallize why it is important to you.

The Tip: Be honest. This isn’t for anyone but you so you can be real with your dreams, pour out your emotion and excitement. Now, when you have moments of self-doubt look back and remember why getting a job in entertainment originally built excitement within you.

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Step 3: Continue Learning

The best way to gain confidence in yourself and feel like you can achieve greatness is to keep learning.

My first job after college was at CNN as a video editor; my department at CNN used the non-linear editing system Quantel, which at the time was pretty cutting edge.

It became apparent after a few years that Avid was overtaking Quantel as the broadcast industry norm and I decided it was in my best interest to learn Avid. My current job didn’t require it, but it just made sense to keep up with the latest technology in my field.

I took a class in my off-time which didn’t cost much in either time, money or effort, but it gave me confidence that I was keeping up, not lagging behind.

The Tip: Look for opportunities to keep growing, employers in the entertainment industry are always looking to hire people with tangible skills that can contribute to making them a better company.

There always new technologies emerging, read trade magazines and finding out what companies are adopting what technologies and set a course to continually advance your knowledge.

Rather than play catch up, you’ll be ahead and it will build your confidence and strengthen your resolve!

About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for &

Recently Brian has become addicted to Google+ and LinkedIn so add him to your circles and make him a contact. No seriously, you should.