The Secret to Advancing in Entertainment Careers

If you’ve watched any of the videos from our Director of Content, Brian Clapp, you probably realize by now he thinks job seekers should obtain hard skills, and be able to show potential employers an ability to do something.

In this video, he’s sharing the secret for advancement in entertainment careers, and for that, it isn’t always what you can do, it’s how you do it.

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Brian Clapp. Director of Content –

For those of you who have watched my videos on the work in entertainment blog – you probably realize that I am more of a hard skills – this is the type of stuff you need to learn kind of guy, rather than a soft skills, this is the personality you need to have type.

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To keep stepping up in entertainment careers takes the right attitude

But today I’m shifting out of my normal comfort zone and talking about soft skills, because they are very important when it comes to advancing in entertainment careers.

When you are first starting out, if you get hired, you have already proven to your hiring manager and supervisors that you have the ability to do the assigned tasks – if you didn’t have the skills you wouldn’t have been hired in the first place.

Now it comes down to – why does one person advance rapidly in their entertainment career while another person gets stuck and flames out.

Often it comes down to something as simple as attitude.

When you are first starting out you will have crappy tasks you have to do – get ready for it, deal with it, get over it. When you work in television for example you’ll get to do fun things like video editing and running camera – but you’ll also have to do crappy tasks like running teleprompter, printing scripts out and delivering them to anchors, getting coffee for anchors, or telling them how pretty they look that day.

OK you might not have to do the last part, but trust me entertainment careers, all of them, will have some crappy tasks you’ll have to do.

If you bring the right attitude and bring a consistent level and approach every day you’re going to stand out to your superiors for the right reasons. If you think you are above certain tasks, and you don’t need to do those things with the same level of enthusiasm or you are sloppy because you don’t think a task is important – you will stand out to your employer, but not for the right reasons.

I talked to a radio host recently and I asked, tell me something that happened early in your entertainment career that you think helped form who you are now – and he recalled a story of coming into work and seeing the General Manager of his radio station up on a ladder changing a light bulb.

Right at that moment he realized, his job would always be doing what needed doing and bringing an attitude and willingness to do things outside of your job description. Showing your co-workers you are willing to do whatever it takes – that’s attitude, and if you bring that positive attitude to your career you will always find opportunities for advancement.

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.


  1. Andrew Hennelly says:

    Brian is so right . People want too be around other people who care about just getting it done right, no matter the task at hand. The glamour of any job is created by the person doing it well and the knowledge that other people admire your work.

    • Andrew! My new favorite commenter! OK, I’m a sucker for anyone that says I’m right. I appreciate the kind words – I think the art of hard, prideful work is lost on many…but it is the secret to real advancement in any career, not just entertainment.

      • fonda sanders says:

        Hi Brian,

        I worked in news and a little bit of entertainment for the past 16 years but my passion is sports and entertainment. Everyone that I have worked says I have a great attitude for this industry I just need a break to prove myself. I was laid off in Atlanta at CNN last year and I am free lancing in New York. I have been networking. Any other suggestions?

        • Fonda – as a former CNN employee myself, welcome! YOu may not realize that we also have another site and I also run the blog and all of our content over there, where we have even more unique career advice check it out! What are your skills? What types of jobs are you looking for in TV? – Brian

      • Isauramaría González says:

        HI Bryan,

        I graduate a year ago in P.R., and I move to Albany NY, two weeks ago to look for something better, to grow professionally, and I have not found a place that gives me the opportunity to show my knowledge and the enthusiasm for work in the production area.
        I have a bachelor degree in journalism and on TV and film production, and yes I have experience in the industry.

        Also, I think is all true the things and opinions that you have written in the column about the attitude, that concerns me is that the “attitude” is not one of my decease on the contrary I have a very good attitude always, and it dos not matter if I have to get coffee for the entire crew you I just do it in a nice way, obviously is better when you got bigger responsibilities but everything comes with time.

        I am desperate trying to find a job where I can work in production, assistants, newsroom thy are the areas that I am good at it, I have passion for it. I hope you can give me a good advice.

        Thank you,


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