How to Get a Job in the Film Industry

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When you hear the phrase film industry, what comes to mind? For many people, this means Hollywood, movies, documentaries, and television series. Well, we are here to tell you that the film industry is so much more than what you see on your television screen. It may appear that, therefore, there are many jobs in this industry, and this is true. However, like any job you need to stand out and prepare yourself well. You may need to ask somebody to help you draft your resume and make it unique. Below are some extra tips on how you can get a job in the film industry.

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Define Your Target - Getting into the film industry is not as hard as knowing what you want or knowing your target while in the industry. People talk about how they want to get into the film industry, but only a few know what they want to do or achieve. Like any career, you need to define your target. Do you want to be an actor, a director, a vlogger, to work in video production, etc.? You need to answer this question if you are to be successful in the film industry. Knowing what you want to do sets you on a different path of striving to attain your goal. As many people come to discover, working in the film industry requires a strict approach. Know who you are, know what you are good at, know where you fit in, and make the best out of your current situation with yours still on your target. Images courtesy of Apple TV+ / See series filming locations

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Draft a Great Resume - A great resume will help you open doors as well as help you stand before a panel of interviewers to present your case. It may not get you the job you want, but it will help you gain access to many opportunities.
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Show Your Creative Side - Even as you try to continue to pursue your dreams in the film industry, do not forget to grow your creative side. Get out of your comfort zone and try something different. Looking for articles on how to get into the film industry is okay. But you need to do something to show your future or potential employers what makes you special. If your goal is to be a director, showcase your skills in shooting and directing small clips. You can use your phone and then edit the videos using editing software. Your portfolio can do the talking for you when you step into an interview. Invest in yourself and in building your brand. There are many success stories of individuals who gave themselves an upper hand before a job interview because they went out of their way to enhance their chances. So, get creative, and you may land that job you want.
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Spend some time volunteering - If you are chasing your dreams, you have to be willing to do everything in your power to be successful. People do crazy things while in pursuit of their dreams with no guarantees that they will get to where they are going. The joy of pursuing one’s dreams is in the journey and not the destination.

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Network - As many people come to find out later in life, to succeed in the film industry, you need to have a big network. You build your network through volunteering activities as well as during internship stints. It is customary for movies to show the names of the cast and crew after the ending. Do you ask yourself questions about this norm? Well, you should because from this, you should learn that it takes a team to make movies. In these teams, people know each other, and you will find that more often than not, there are those who got their roles in the movie because they knew the director or the lead cameraman. It will be difficult for you to get movie reviewer jobs if you do not know people who can link you with the right people. So, take the time to shake a few hands, memorize a few names, and smile to strangers. Image courtesy of Starz - The Spanish Princess Filming Locations

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Show Your Competitive Side - There are many jobs in film industries. However, this does not mean you sleep all day and stay in your room, waiting for an opportunity to come looking for you. If, for example, you wish to become a writer, submit your work to movie directors and enhance your skills through the comments they give you. Remember, your eyes are on the target. So, you have to keep climbing and improving before your big break comes around. This piece of advice applies to every industry.
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In conclusion, careers in the film industry are many. Everyone does not want to be an actor or an actress. Some want to become directors, writers, cameramen, or sound engineers. Whichever career you choose, remember it all takes work, determination, and a teachable spirit. Be willing to learn, and soon everyone will want to work with you. Do not be afraid of failure. Failure is the only way we learn and become better. So, go after your dreams.


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