Will I Have to Relocate for my Career in Entertainment?

This is a question we face a great deal, “In order to make it in the entertainment industry, will I have to relocate from my current locale?” The truth isn’t simple, but there is an answer – check it out:

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Brian Clapp, WorkinEntertainment.com Director of Content: The question comes to us often, “Will I have to relocate in order to start my career in entertainment?” The answer is not as simple as it may seem.

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To really launch my carer in entertainment is it essential I pack my bags and move to another place?

I’d guess about 80% of the time you will have to relocate, 20% of the time (because 80 + 20 is 100) you won’t. You may be able to find a job in your local market, especially in sales or marketing, close to where you currently are – but trust me unless you live in a major metropolitan city, that is rare.

If you want to work in production, like in Television or Film, you will probably have to relocate to one of the major cities: LA, Chicago, Atlanta, New York. If you want to work in music you may have to go to a Nashville, or Austin or Seattle.

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There are different hubs for each one of our core career verticals, but again, there are radio stations everywhere and there are television stations just about everywhere, so you could get lucky and find something close to home.

What I tell everyone is go into your career with the expectation that you will have to relocate, and remain open to that. I would also stress, even if you find a job in your local market, to truly move up the career ladder you have to be willing to move out. I started my career in Atlanta at CNN…but had to go across the country to Seattle to really jump up in my career.

The early parts of your career you will probably be forced around the country – sorry, it’s a fact.

Entertainment jobs are competitive, many peple want ot work in them, so the more likely and willing you are to relocate the better your chances are of growing your career to a point you wont have to relocate. You’ll get to a point of your career you can stay right where you are, but start out being open and willing to move around or your career in entertainment will always have some constraints.

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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.


  1. Susan Aryamanesh says:

    Hi Brian,

    Since, I am planning to do art work at home, I like to work in the entertainment industry as voice over for cartoons, or doing online blogging preferably remotely from home on a part time basis.

    Do you believe it is possible to find these type of positions at ET?
    If so please contact me via my number at 408-507-4376 to let me know.

    Thank you,

  2. If the above named job is in Knoxville Tennessee I would like to participate. My contact # is: 9187203587. I am a former bass player of one of the most popular touring bands in west Africa, (The Sierra Leones Refugee All Stars Band). I decided to retire because I want to do something bigger than just touring the world. I can play the bass guitar, drums write songs and sing as well. Thanks Dennis.

  3. Roberta Simmons says:

    I am an actress. I am also an AFTRA/SAG member that was on Hiatus for years while raising my children. I have reactivated my membership and ready to work. I am also eligible to join Actors Equity. Here’s the catch. I presently live in New Jersey and heard about the Little Hollywood that presently exists in Atlanta, GA, and was seriously thinking about visiting to see if a multitude of work exists in the Television and Movies Industry there. I would also like to take theatre classes for stage. What are my chances for getting consistent work there? I realize that I can contact the union office there as well, but any additional info would be sooo very helpful. Thank you.


  4. I just relocated to New York in January to pursue a career in the music industry. Can you give any advice as to how to get started? I have a background in marketing and PR, and i’ve interned for an entertainment pr firm, but its been hard balancing full-time work and dedicating time to the music business in order to gain more exposure.

  5. I am interested in NOT making movies or TV shows, but preserving them! What must I do to become involved in preserving other people’s long lost work??