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The Path To Getting Post Production Jobs In Entertainment

Post production jobs give you the ability to do hands on work in the film and music industry. Here's what you'll need to know about them before finding one.


Post production careers can be incredibly fun as well as rewarding opportunities to practice your trade in an especially artistic medium of your choice.  Whether you’re a big fan of video editing, or sound mixing, you’ll find that there are a plethora of post production opportunities as well as jobs that need to be serviced on just about any type of project.  Whether you’re trying to land a job working on Hollywood’s next major summer blockbuster, or if you’re just looking to ply your trade on television or in the radio industry, there are plenty of jobs available.

But first you really want to understand what the career entails, as well as what you need to do in order to get the best types of job.  For that, there are certain pointers that you’re going to have to keep in mind, or that you’ll need to use as a guide for your career outlook:

1) Post production job description.

No matter what aspect of production for which you become involved, you’re going to find that all jobs afford you about the same type of opportunity.  These are all careers in which you take recorded materials, visual or otherwise, and then perform the final editing to make them come together as a final product.  That means for film this is taking all the captured footage after a film has been totally completed, and then cutting it together to form the piece that audiences will watch.  The same is true of audio, just in a bit of a different way.

2) Educational requirements for this type of engineering.

You’re going to find however that there are some pretty stringent educational requirements in order to really become involved in the field.  With just about any type of post production jobs, you’re going to need to really know the technical aspects of the sort of editing that you choose, as well as how to actually perform edits effectively.  When done correctly, a piece that you create should flow perfectly so that it’s just there to be enjoyed or analyzed, and that takes a college 4 year degree at least.

3) Computer certifications.

Beyond just having a degree, if you really want to be recognized as the right choice for most entry level post production jobs, you have to take your education further.  That means into computer certification for the newest versions of the programs that you’re going to need to be running.  That means showcasing that you have the knowledge to run FinalCutPro, Adobe Pro, Adobe Photoshop, 3D Max, Avid and all of the other most common editing programs that are so frequently used for any type of major project.

4) Always start with assistant work.

There really is no entry level position in straight post production careers as such, but there are positions for editing assistants.  Most typically this is where you’ll have to start off, and that means making cuts, adjustments, or just working the controls for a supervisor while you get the experience necessary under your belt, before applying to bigger and better opportunities.   Plus experience will also allow you to get a better grasp on the industry as a whole, so that you can decide which path you want to pursue, or when you’re actually prepared to handle a job as a supervisor.

5) Be prepared for some long hours.

A big mistake that many people make when it comes to just about any type of production careers, is that they are just not prepared for the level of dedication that it requires, or the amount of work that they are going to have to do. With just about every single job of this type, what you’re going to find is that you have to put in some really long hours at times, when you’re working on a bigger job. This is definitely the type of career where you are paid by the job, opposed to by the hour.

You’re going to find that the more you rise through the ranks, the longer some jobs are going to take to complete, and you’re just about always on a tight schedule.  Whether it’s working a 60 hour week, to well beyond, you can expect spending some serious time getting the job done.  But typically post production job salaries are pretty high, so you can easily hit the upper 5 and even lower 6 figures for that work that you put in annually.

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