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.
Video Transcript for “The Secret to Advancing in Entertainment Careers”
Brian Clapp. Director of Content – WorkinEntertainment.com:
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.
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.