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Being on the job hunt can be a lonely place filled with self-doubt and sleepless nights. For many, fear overwhelms the promise of landing a dream job and they fall back into their comfortable dead end job. Clock in, clock out, collect paycheck, rinse, repeat. But not for you. Youíre here because you want something better for yourself, and we want that too.

Our blog has insider information that will set you up for success, teach you the right way to do things, help you learn from industry experts and understand what skills you need to thrive. So read on and learn Ė and donít forget to ask questions in the comment section of each article - we actually take the time to respond to them because we believe weíre in this together.

Brian Clapp: Retail-tainment: A Good Outlet For Drama Graduates?
Posted: 9/18/2017

Image Source Finding a career in acting or dance can be difficult. No one wants to study drama only to end up in a retail job. However, thereís more to the retail sector than your average supermarket or clothes shop. Enter retail-tainment. This is a real thing, I swear I’m not making it up. This [...]

Brian Clapp: Letís Commiserate About the Pros and Cons of Shooting On-Location
Posted: 8/16/2017

If youíve ever found yourself scrolling through a listicle of all the crazy filming locations of the dayís most popular tv shows, eh-hem Game of Thrones, it becomes pretty clear that the practice of shooting film and television on location has become popularized to mythic proportions. On-location filming is a simple enough idea. Instead of [...]

Brian Clapp: Can You Learn the Music Business Online? A First-Hand Student Account.
Posted: 8/7/2017

Do you need a degree to work in the music industry? It isnít a must-have for many of the careers in the music business, but it can be beneficial. While top music producers and musicians like Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin may have bypassed the traditional college experience, others like John Mayer and Quincy Jones [...]

Brian Clapp: How to Monetize Your YouTube Channel
Posted: 8/7/2017

If you have a YouTube channel, itís likely because thereís something that youíre passionate about and that you enjoy sharing with others. Maintaining a healthy channel takes a lot of effort and thought, and thus, itís surely an important component of your life. One of the best possible outcomes for the enthusiastic entrepreneur is to [...]

Brian Clapp: The Important Role of Set Designers in the Movie Industry
Posted: 8/2/2017

Imagine your favorite movie or TV show for a second Ė what is the visual you conjure up? Whether itís Seinfeld, Game of Thrones or Wonder Woman, the set that actors perform around plays as much of a role as they do. The environment created by scenic designers helps set the tone, the era and [...]

Brian Clapp: What Are Streaming Services Doing to the Music Industry?
Posted: 7/24/2017

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Brian Clapp: How to Improve Your Online Image Before Looking for a Job in Entertainment
Posted: 7/20/2017

Not sure if recruiters will Google your name and browse your social media profiles? Well, according to HR-related statistics, 30% of all Google searches are about recruitment. In any case, 94% of recruiters are already screening potential hires on social media networks or state theyíll do so in the near future. As you can see, [...]

Brian Clapp: Change That Tune: The Influence of Music in Movies
Posted: 7/18/2017

The use and importance of music in modern-day movies is one that has been underrated for so long. These days, music very easily sits in the film narrative remaining consciously unobserved, whilst still stimulating our subconscious. This aids the emotional impact that such movies have on our minds. The uses of music in movies have [...]

Brian Clapp: How To Make A Music Video On A Tiny Budget
Posted: 7/17/2017

Hereís a guest post from our friends over at ZingInstruments.com who are almost as obsessed about music as we are! The amount of money that goes into a major-label music video is pretty staggering. I donít mean to upset you, but thereís a good chance it cost more to make the last music video you [...]

Brian Clapp: Mastering Set Design on a Budget
Posted: 7/12/2017

When it comes to creating believable, relatable, and realistic characters on screen, thereís more to it than simply whatís in the script, or the face of the person doing the performance. So much can be learned about a person on screen simply from whatís laid out behind them. Rather than relying on tedious exposition to [...]

Brian Clapp: Best Paying Jobs in the Music Industry Today
Posted: 7/10/2017

When you discover your true calling – the thing that makes you excited and enthusiastic about your daily life – you donít normally wonder next…how much does it pay? Youíre excited by the fulfillment to your life and soul, not focused, initially at least, on your bank account. But the money behind the passion is [...]

Brian Clapp: Want to Work on a Film Crew? Hereís How.
Posted: 7/6/2017

The entertainment biz is booming, but the spotlight isnít just for actors and directors. Those things need people to operate them. Films need large crews of technically inclined people to make the magic happen ó people with varied trade backgrounds, from electricians to carpenters to tailors. If youíve ever wanted a chance to explore your [...]

Brian Clapp: Is There A Lot Of Money In Music Festivals?
Posted: 7/5/2017

A festival isnít cheap to organize and yet new music festivals are springing up all the time – so is it worth it for you to start your own music festival? A love of music and a background in events may be all you need to set up your own festival. Is it the money-spinning [...]

Brian Clapp: Shooting a Bold Scene as a Beginning Director
Posted: 6/19/2017

Image Source Bringing the element of reality is very crucial in telling a moving story. The audience can relate to it better, feel more emotions and can understand your story better. It is the responsibility of the director to make their actors work together to form a film that reflects the true essence of the [...]

Brian Clapp: 6 Rules Every Successful Actor Followed When They Started Out
Posted: 6/15/2017

The road is long. Anyone that has ever thought about a career in acting will tell you that. Not only is it long, it can be pretty rough and ruthless too. Unfortunately, if you get that buzz from being on stage or in front of the camera then youíll know that you have no other [...]

Brian Clapp: 4 (Almost) Essential Steps To Becoming A Music Manager
Posted: 6/14/2017

Image source Unlike working in human resources or as an insurance broker, working in the music industry is one that takes great foresight, planning and skills training. Not just anyone can find their way in the music biz. The music industry is a business that you fight tooth and nail to get into, which can [...]

Brian Clapp: Training Gains: The Importance Of Employee Development
Posted: 6/7/2017

If youíre an employer, itís understandable to want to the best team around you. When you hire employees, you look out for certain character traits, qualifications, and skills, but career progression should never end with a job offer. Most people have a desire to climb the ladder, and as an employer, you can benefit from [...]

Brian Clapp: How A Business Mind Can Help You In The Entertainment Industry
Posted: 6/6/2017

Many people would not associate a business mind with a creative industry such as entertainment. But when you really think about it, the sheer amount of money and assets in such an industry requires a whole load of people with business minds. From the financial departments of huge production companies, to the creative music-lovers who [...]

Brian Clapp: 8 Powerful Habits That Will Make You More Successful
Posted: 6/2/2017

Success. What is that thing we all aim for? Is it about attracting fans wherever you go? Is it about getting more people to follow you on Instagram? Is it about getting more views on your YouTube videos? Yes, success is all these things. However, itís also much more than that! Success is a multidimensional [...]

Brian Clapp: Golden Rules For Playing Your First Gig
Posted: 5/22/2017

Image Source Youíve been jamming in your best friendís basement for last few months Ė but now itís time to take to the stage. Playing your first gig can be a nerve-wracking experience. It gets easier afterwards as you become more comfortable playing in front of people, but that first gig is always a dive [...]

Brian Clapp: A Collection of Thoughts on Soundgardenís Chris Cornell
Posted: 5/18/2017

Chris Cornell, the bellowing heart throb of the grunge era best known for his time as the lead vocalist for Soundgarden, died Wednesday night in Detroit. He was 52 years old. Police were called to Cornell’s hotel room in the MGM Grand casino at around 12 am after receiving a 911 call from a family [...]

Brian Clapp: How Technology Has Impacted The Way We Experience Music
Posted: 5/15/2017

Technology has had a remarkable effect on modern music. As our society continues to expand technologically, the music industry continues to expand as well. Technological advances have not only impacted the type of music artists create, but has also affected how listeners consume music and learn to play instruments. The experience of music is now [...]

Brian Clapp: 15 Daily Routines of Highly Productive People
Posted: 5/10/2017

Itís 2am and youíre still on set. Youíre used to this tempo, so itís not a big deal. Except, it is. When you reach a certain point of exhaustion, your mind starts giving up on you. At this point, this is the right thing to do: wrap it up and go to sleep. But, is [...]

Brian Clapp: How and Why You Should Promote Your Music On Social Media
Posted: 5/8/2017

Many people have god-gifted singing ability, but they never find the right platform to showcase it. Fortunately, social media has paved the way for the newbie singers to showcase their talent to the world. Nowadays, you hear about new pop stars emerging from social media†(hello Shawn Mendes!). And considering the promotional vehicle Mendes used, Vine, [...]

Brian Clapp: How to Prepare for a Career in Music
Posted: 4/28/2017

A career in music is both challenging and rewarding. Musicians have the opportunity to share their art with audiences around the world, and thereís nothing greater than hearing other people connect with your music on a personal level. Yet, there are some significant challenges that youíll have to face when you choose to pursue a [...]

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