Free Tools to Help With Your Entertainment Job Search

I’ve grown so tired of the cliche “it’s not what you know, but who you know”, to me it’s an ancient way of thinking.

In today’s job market the saying should be something like, “it’s a combination of what you know, and how well you make yourself known” or put more bluntly, “If you don’t make yourself known, wake up because you’ve been sleeping through the social revolution.”

Ok it’s not quite as catchy, but I think you see my point. There are so many avenues to build your personal brand and attract employers to you, especially in visual mediums like entertainment, that you aren’t limited to attending networking parties or getting coffee for some executive while on an internship.

Here are six FREE tools you’ve probably never heard of, that will help you promote yourself whether your goal is to work in TV, Music, Radio, Film or some other entertainment discipline:

Spreecast

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Adding to it’s cool factor, Norman Reedus from the Walking Dead interacted with fans recently via Spreecast

Rooted in social video, Spreecast is bringing face-to-face interaction back to social media. Journalists, musicians and entertainment companies use Spreecast to discuss the news, engage in relevant industry discussions and promote their thoughts and opinions. But even better, it’s a learning platform where you can meet people who share your interests and engage in informative conversations.

Also worth noting, Norman Reedus from “The Walking Dead”  has been known to talk to fans on Spreecast.

Tip for Using Spreecast: When you create a Spreecast, you become the producer and control what is on screen at all times. After you create, analyse what worked and what didn’t, learn from the experience of producing!

Stroome

Spreecast is about face-to-face interacting via video, while Stroome is about creating visuals through editing and collaboration. It’s a great chance to show off your creativity and work with others interested in the same things.  On Stroome you upload your media and then collaborate with other users to create new video, audio, and photo mashups. Stroome is a great creative outlet, but also a way to show off how your mind works!

Tip for Using Stroome: Jobs in entertainment are all about creativity, don’t be afraid to try things visually…some will work some won’t, but always be willing to push yourself.

Quora

Quora at it’s core is a simple question and answer site, but when you take it for a test drive you realize it’s much more powerful and niche specific than say, Yahoo! Answers. The site is organized by people and their interests, so you can easily find your pigeonhole and join the conversation. Just make sure you have something intelligent to ask or answer; high influencers in various industries are present, so focus on quality not quantity.

Tip for using Quora: Listen for a while first, understand the rhythm of questions, the response style, what works and what doesn’t before you jump in. Over time, you’ll feel comfortable interacting with other cool kids in your industry and making a name for yourself.

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The social hub of the music industry, ReverbNation is where music professionals hang out

ReverbNation

The social network of the music industry, ReverbNation provides a technology for music industry professionals to promote, engage and prosper online. To the outside fan this site is a way to stay close to what is happening in music, but for those interested in working behind the scenes ReverbNation provides powerful tools for artists, clubs, venues, promoters, marketers, labels and managers.

Tip for Using ReverbNation: This site is quickly becoming a hub for the music industry, study it and understand how you can become, or stay, relevant.

Start a Blog and (Eventually) Become a Guest Writer

The most common refrain I hear from people regarding a blog is…what would I write about?

Here are some ideas anyone can incorporate into a blog:

  • Share internship experiences, what your day was like.
  • If you have work experience share something interesting that happened to you on the job.
  • Dig into a question you have regarding your industry, you’d be surprised to realize others may have the same question.
  • Have an opinion on something relevant to your niche and be strong with it, don’t go half way.
  • Interview someone in your industry and ask questions you think would be interesting

Don’t worry about getting an audience, you’re building a portfolio and staying relevant.

Once you have a suite of posts you are proud of, start looking for guest writing opportunities. We will be launching our guest writing program soon, check out our guidelines and you’ll get a feel for the requirements of any quality guest writing opportunity.

The more you write on other blogs the larger your inbound network becomes.  You’ll be represented by the quality of your words and opinion, not your appearance or experience.

Tip for Starting a Blog and Guest Writing:   Create a blog with a vision in mind and stick to it. If you want to share your college photos, save it for Facebook, the vision for your blog should be personal business promotion. It shows you are relevant with today’s style of communication and gives you a platform to show how you think.

Writing.com

No matter what industry you work in you will have to constantly improve your writing and communication skills. One of the best ways to do that is at Writing.com. With unique writing tools, feedback from other writers and a venue to store and display your work samples, Writing.com is a creative environment tailored to your personal improvement.

Tips for Using Writing.com: Be open to feedback, if you are only looking for positive reviews than post your work on your Mom’s refrigerator. If you want to get better, listen, learn and apply your new knowledge.

Key Takeaways from: “Free Tools to Help With Your Entertainment Job Search”:

  1.  Networking in today’s world is taking place online, so get yourself out there.
  2. Don’t try to do everything, figure out who you want to be and find the right niche to display your talent.
  3. My personal favorite is starting a blog and guest writing, it costs nothing but is a great platform to express yourself and build a positive reputation.

What techniques have worked for you in your job search? Any social tools we missed?

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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.

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