Entertainment Jobs Q&A – Confidence Issues in the Job Search Process

Welcome to the first edition of Entertainment Jobs Q&A!

Over the last few months the staff at WorkInEntertainment.com has spent a great deal of time responding to individual questions, and we all started to think, why not publish some of these questions and answers about entertainment jobs for everyone to benefit from?

My feeling is everyone has questions, but only a few people actually ask them. Well, here is your chance to benefit from others questions.

So whether you choose to ask through our LinkedIn group, comments on the blog, emails into our customer support, Twitter… we’ll receive and respond, and then every Friday we’ll pick the best and publish them.

Alright, let’s get this Entertainment Jobs Q&A rolling, first question comes from Diane who is not enjoying her job search:

The Q:

Have any special advice on generally boosting one’s confidence in the process of job-hunting? I’ve lost mine somehow. I’m in media, but blogging stymies me. I read some, but I’m not into writing opinion pieces and blogging seems to be that or a “subtle” way to sell products.

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Confidence can easily be shaken during a job search, but wallowing in self-pity doesn’t help the process


The A:

Diane – thanks for reaching out, a crisis of confidence is no joking matter so I’m glad we’re talking about it.

As I mentioned in the article you commented on (16 Ways to be Just Another Mediocre Job Seeker), job hunting sucks, it’s demoralizing and so often lacking feedback or closure. I once had an interview that went so incredibly well I was told by the VP of Human Resources the job was absolutely mine…then I never heard back from anyone. No one returned my calls, and I was left wondering…what the heck! (ok, I may have used more vulgar words, but I’m keeping it clean here).

Here’s what happened over the following 6 months – I realized that job would have been the death of me and every relationship important in my life. It was an absolute blessing I didn’t get it. It had a great title and job responsibilities I had always craved, but also required at least 12-14 hour days and being on call on weekends.

I would have ended up with family problems, mental problems, burn out problems and more.

The point is, without getting all tree hugger on you, things do happen for a reason. The jobs you aren’t getting may be a blessing. If they are not, and you really feel you are missing out on opportunities you deserve…time for some soul searching. What is going wrong – Is it skills? Is it attitude? Is it experience? Is it a lack of flexibility?

I can’t sit here and give you a pep talk because I don’t know you and that would be shallow, but I can tell you this – the best way to gain confidence is to figure out the problem and fix it. Be critical, analyze yourself and figure out what you need to do better.

Here’s an offer to you – 90% of what I write is sharing my experiences and what I have learned on various entertainment jobs I’ve held during my career – it feels good to share and teach. So write something for us – you aren’t selling, you’re sharing, teaching, advising.

Trust me when someone comments “thank you – that was just what I needed to read!” you will feel confidence pouring out of you.

The Q:

Hi Brian, I would like to ask about internships, I’m a 3rd year B.A Degree graduate student from AFDA University Cape Town. I would like to know how do I get started with improving my experience within the industry. I would like to start with internships etc. Thanks –


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If you want a real career after college you better start interning… now!

The A:

Anne – the best way to get start getting real, hands-on experience is through internships so you are on he right track. Be selective in where you choose, do your research, see if you can find other people who have interned at a certain place, reach out to them on social media and say “hey I see you did an internship at X company – how was it were you able to accomplish a lot, did you learn real skills or do menial tasks?” People will respond and you’ll find out if an internship at that company is worth it.

I’ve written a great deal about internships so here are a few links to help you out:

and we also have almost 500 internships on our site so check out this link and see if you find any matches:

Hope this helps!

The Q:

Hi Brian,

All your advice is wonderful and well written. But what does a 57-year old have to do when he’s got a family and bills to pay and obligations to meet and wants to get into the entertainment field? I have a degree in Audio/video production but its in Analog. Ahhhh! I keep taking menial jobs just make ends meet along with my performance schedule but its still not what I want to do.

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If your skill set it out of date, make a plan to update or prepare for a harsh reality.

The thought of going back to school to learn more of the Digital age stuff makes me cringe!! I’m not even sure where I want to start looking. I’ve always loved live performance and recording but my state of Colorado isn’t very user friendly.

Thanks in advance.

The A:

Joe, first off I appreciate the compliment, I try very hard to provide solid advice based on my years in the industry and what my contacts are telling me.

You do present an interesting problem – one thing you may want to consider is online training courses that you can complete at your leisure – that way you can keep working and paying the bills while enhancing your knowledge and eventually marketability and job prospects.

I know it’s not necessarily ideal, but if your skill set isn’t matching what employers need, it’s almost a must. Check out sites like Lynda.com – they offer tons of online tutorials that can get you back up to speed in your field.

I’ll say one more thing from experience, after 14 years in broadcast television, I reinvented myself and began working on the digital side. It can be really energizing to take on a new challenge Joe, so don’t be afraid of the challenge…take it on!


That’s it for this week – if you have other ideas for any of these questions, put them in the comments below. And if you have a question you’d like us to answer for next weeks Entertainment Jobs Q&A you can add it to the comments as well!

We respond to everyone, but we’ll highlight the best in our weekly Friday column.

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 WorkinSports.com & WorkinEntertainment.com.

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