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Preparing Yourself for a Career in Film Industry Jobs

As you know, film industry jobs are highly competitive; with some great preparation, though, you can set yourself up for a rewarding career in the movie business.

Entering into the arts or entertainment field is the type of career that can be extremely rewarding and that also presents you with tons of opportunities for success.  However, you’ll find that they do take a lot of work and you’re going to have to approach them a bit differently in most cases.  That means you need a little guidance, to ensure that you’re able to set yourself up for success, no matter what aspect of the industry you actually want to work within. There are a lot of jobs on a movie set, and therefore plenty of great opportunities for you to contribute to the industry in some way, shape or form.

Of course, you do have to be prepared to put in some really good effort, as these types of jobs come with a lot of hard work.  You’ll find that you’ll be expected to work long and irregular hours in some cases, and that means you’re going to have to be fully committed to your career.  If that poses no threat to your resolve to work on films, then you’ll find that it should be no problem working towards the goal of actually working on movies.  Here’s what you’re going to want to do when you’re looking to land film industry jobs of any sort:

Think about what you want to do on a movie set.

If you’re looking for jobs within the film industry, you’re going to need to be looking at a few different things, and the first is what you want to go to school for.  You obviously need to go to school so that you can get an education into the specialty that you want to pursue.  But you’ll find that this means you want to think about which facet of film interests you the most.   Do you want to direct films, write them, or work on technical aspects like editing, lighting, photography, etc.  There are a lot of jobs that you can find on a movie set, but sometimes narrowing down the right one for you can be hard, but is essential.

Network and make friends all that you can when in school.

Have you ever heard that saying, it’s not what you know it’s who you know? Well never was that any more true than with film industry careers.  These types of jobs are really dependent upon your peers, and you’re going to want to make plenty of friends within the industry, so that if their careers take off before yours does, you have a friend to help you along so that you can succeed on your own as well.  Usually this is a major part of college anyway, but with film school it’s especially vital.  Just think about it, you always hear celebrities talking about the famous friends they met back in school, and there’s a reason both of them succeeded from the same place.

Be prepared to start slow.

There’s almost no film industry jobs that don’t start out with you having to pay your dues in some way, shape or form.  This means that you’re going to need to be prepared for some type of commitment, whether it’s being a production assistant or intern, so that you’re literally just doing the grunt work around set.  Usually you have to work your way up from these places so that you can make your name, and so that you can make more friends so that you can get in for the bigger opportunities when they arise.

Always check out the job boards.

You’d be amazed what you can find at almost any type of job website for the film industry, and there are plenty of great resources out there that can help you out.  Some of the most common are going to include sites like as well as and the like.  Here you can commonly find the lower end jobs like video editing or lighting work for local TV stations and their news programs.  That’s a starting point for many people, and you’ll find that it can be a great jumping off opportunity to learn the trade and then move on to a more fruitful career later on.