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What should I be doing to help boost my career in entertainment?

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Angel’s Answer

Hi Kyra,

The most important thing is to continue to practice and improve as an artist. Additionally, networking is key in the entertainment field. It is really who you know, as much as what you know. Attend local shows and stay afterwards and introduce yourself to the performers, or link up with them via social media. Educate yourself a little on the business side of it as well. There are plenty of videos on YouTube that can provide some basic information. Finally, stay consistent. do something towards your career everyday, whether it's practicing, writing, learning or connecting with peers. Good luck

Thank you so much Angel, awesome name btw, Youtube has been so reliable when it comes to some basic information and even for information that surrounds the concepts I am trying to explore in the moment. Thanks again! Kyra C.
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Sherie’s Answer

Hi Kyra;

1. Focus on applying for internships at major entertainment companies that interest you. go onto their websites and find those roles.
2. While in school use the colleges media department to create as many reels as possible. A reel for acting, radio, tv and whatever else you have a interest in.
3. Since Social Media is now rampant use your social media to follow the companies you are interested in working for. Make sure to be aware of what you are posting and putting out there on the web, because companies are now looking at that, and that could be the difference between getting the job and not.
Thank you, Sherie! I really appreciate this information, I am currently working on how to use social media to widen my reach, so it's good to hear that I'm hopefully headed in the right direction. Thank you again! Kyra C.
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Sherie’s Answer

Hi Kyra;

1. Focus on applying for internships at major entertainment companies that interest you. go onto their websites and find those roles.
2. While in school use the colleges media department to create as many reels as possible. A reel for acting, radio, tv and whatever else you have a interest in.
3. Since Social Media is now rampant use your social media to follow the companies you are interested in working for. Make sure to be aware of what you are posting and putting out there on the web, because companies are now looking at that, and that could be the difference between getting the job and not.
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Lonnie’s Answer

The best thing to do is hone your craft . Make sure you aren’t practicing regularly and getting any experience that you can locally in your given field. This will help build your resume .

Lonnie! Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to answer my question! I definitely hear this a lot, so thank you <3 Kyra C.
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Ariana’s Answer

Hi Kyra,
I agree with what everyone has said so far. Keep auditioning, networking, and learning! Working hard and dreaming big will take you so far- keep going! Good luck!
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Mary’s Answer

Hi Kyra!

I think that it's incredibly important to network as much as possible when it comes to this field. There are quite a few people I know that will take a PA (production assistant) job on films, TV shows, commercials etc. that want to go into acting or be part of a crew. The neat thing about being a PA is that you get to network with a ton of different departments throughout the duration of the project.
Hope this helps!
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Steve’s Answer

Things you can do:

Intern - great way to get on the job experience you are looking for.
Volunteer - Working on sets and getting an idea of the work environment is a good start.
Temp - I looked up temp agencies that hired for all of the major studios and took temp positions to see inside the wall of major film studios. This was the best way to find a job. I've hired may temps as they proved they could do the job.

Also be equipped to get a job by being able to do the basics (type, computer skills, etc.)

Best of luck!
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Kyra,

You are opting for a pretty competitive field so I would offer two suggestions: Practice and networking.

Practice is not just about rehearsing and reviewing what you know, but learning more. Actors often benefit from understanding dancing, singing, writing, or having a variety of jobs that allow them to engage with various types of people. Practice will also expose you to various elements so that you can determine what you like about the entertainment and what you don't like. You need to think carefully about what you want and like.
All jobs have parts that are boring or stressful. You have to like what you do in order to manage those times. I also think that getting formal education is a form of practice since programs in college are often intentionally general, exposing you to a variety of aspects of art and entertainment.

Networking can start or be enhanced in formal education. Your fellow students are often your greatest resource since you know a lot about each other. However, networking is also engaging with people in your desired field with the intention of creating a relationship. Those relationships require you to stay engaged over time.

Gloria
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