The Type of Skills you Need for Entertainment Jobs

WorkInEntertaiment.com Director of Content Brian Clapp has a new pet peeve. Brian believes in clear, actionable career advice and when he reads other blogs touting something he thinks is a complete farce, he’s not afraid to speak his mind.

Let us know if you agree or disagree with his take on the skills you need to develop for entertainment jobs in the comments below. And if you think this advice can help someone in your network, please share on social media!



Video Transcript for “The Type of Skills you Need for Entertainment Jobs”

Brian Clapp, Director of Content WorkInEntertainment.com: I read a lot of career advice blogs from other industries because I like to keep up with what other businesses are talking about outside of just entertainment jobs and careers. One of the things I keep reading is how “Charisma” is the newest job requirement.

And I have to tell you, it drives me nuts.

entertainment jobs soft skills vs hard skills

Soft skills are important as you advance in your career, but to get started in the entertainment world you need hard skills

Soft skills like charisma and personality and that warm and fuzzy ‘I just want to get in there and work hard’ attitude aren’t the kinds of skills that are going to get you interviews. Yeah they might help when you are on the interview, because you’re going to build a report with the person sitting across the table from you, but it’s not going to help you get the initial opportunity, especially for entertainment jobs.

It’s not as if you can put “charisma” on your resume and someone is going to see it and say “whoa, we found someone with charisma, let’s get them in here now!”

No, you need to have hard skills, tangible skills that your industry needs.

So for example, I got hired by CNN right out of college and the reason was because I had experience in non-linear editing and CNN needed non-linear editors.

It wasn’t because of the mass media law class, or the mass media influences and stimuli class that I took – no none of that really mattered. It’s because I worked at the campus TV station and learned a skill that CNN needed.

That is what got me hired – my ability to fill a void at their company.

So figure out what your industry needs and prepare yourself to fill it – those are the things that will stand out on a resume. The actual skills that can help them improve their business. Not the soft skills like charisma, yeah it’s important but it’s not a job requirement.

Learn hard skills – that, will set you apart.

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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.

Comments

  1. Brian Clapp thank you so much for the heads up on getting you position or interview. What you said make a lot of sense. Find out what that particular company is looking for and prepare yourself in that skill.

  2. Sara Thompson says:

    Hi I have to agree and disagree. I have been in the entertainment industry for 30 years and realised early on, that just having a good voice isn’t good enough. An entertainer is just that, having a skill in their main area but also having the personality and charisma ( ok I know you hate that word) to hold their audience’s attention for the duration. Surely the X factor is clear proof of this .many a good voice has been voted off for clear lack of charisma.

    • Sara – great response and I appreciate your contribution and “voice”. I think we need to define the entertainment industry – it seems you are coming at it from a performers perspective, which I would 100% agree charisma is essential. I’m speaking of the entertainment industry more from a behind the scenes perspective – people that work in TV production, film crews, sales teams, public relations, publicists…for those type of jobs you need to prove skills, and charisma comes later when you are advancing to your next role. But like I said I agree 100% with your assertion when it comes to performing!
      -Brian

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