Video: Where are the Jobs in the Entertainment Industry? (Hint: It’s Not Where You’d Think)

The majority of the jobs in the entertainment industry, whether you are interested in TV, Film, Music or Radio – are not star-driven careers as actors, musicians or TV reporters – they are on the business end of the industry.

So how do you get the skills necessary to make you an attractive hire in the entertainment industry? Brian Clapp, WorkinEntertainment.com Director of Content explains in this short video:


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Brian Clapp, WorkinEntertainment,com Director of Content: It’s a simple fact – the majority of the jobs in the entertainment industry are not star-driven jobs, they are not actor jobs or on camera jobs or radio host jobs – the majority of the jobs in the entertainment industry are business related:jobs in the entertainment industry

That’s where the jobs are.

So how do you get the skill set necessary to be successful?

You’ve told yourself you want to work in the entertainment industry, that’s what motivates you, you love television, you love radio, you go to the movies and you love it – great! You’ve identified where you want to be, but to get there oftentimes you need to have a skill set that is much more versatile than – I like to watch TV.

Well, you definitely need a skill set better than that, but the point is, while you are in school take business classes, if you are out of school take continuing education classes in business. Learn sales, learn marketing – get those skills so that now your resume shows you are well rounded.

When I was in college I was a Television Production major – I learned the ins and outs of television production – it was fantastic, it led to my first job out of college as an editor at CNN.

But you know what would have served me really well – if I had a minor in Business.

If I learned more about sales and marketing and how everything contributes to the bottom line. That would have made me a well-rounded employee, it would have made my path to upper management much faster, because I would have understood the bigger picture rather than just my niche in production.

So many people I have worked with who have great jobs in the entertainment industry, have stayed in their little niche throughout their career because they didn’t have that ability to go to the next level in management and business – so while you are focused on your entertainment career, think about taking business classes too.

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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.

Comments

  1. Alex Dombrowski says:

    TV, Movies, yes I am a big fan but I am also a person who knows that there are some better stories to tell if I can get the chance to tell some stories. Which makes me want share my insight towards story telling. Sometimes someone has to be the person from outside the box who can tell the story, and that someone is me.Thanks for the e-mail.

  2. Hi, Brian!
    I am a new reader to your blog and I have gained so much from all that you post. I am currently a student getting my bachelors in public relations with intentions of getting into the entertainment industry.
    My adviser is constantly recommending that I go straight from my bachelors to pursuing a masters degree. In a field that is typically based on experience and networking, would you agree that it is best to try to get real world experience first? Or do you believe getting the second title is vital to success in the competitive field?

    Thank you for being a writer that addresses topics most blogs overlook.

    Jami

    • Jami – Thanks so much for reading and watching! I hate to discredit your professor, but I would not usually suggest a Masters. Entertainment jobs are generally comprised of on-the-job training. That said, it’s important to have a clearer view of your ultimate goal…if you want to run a film studio, having your MBA makes sense. If you want to work in Television production, it doesn’t. You mention public relations, my belief is you should get out there and work, job experience is superior to a Masters. Sure you’ll start lower on the chain, but you’ll be making money and gaining experience, vs. paying more money, going deeper in debt…and still needing experience. Most professors have a natural crutch, where they think everyone should get more education – for some that works, for me I stress on the job work over the classroom. -Brian

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