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How do you get into the film industry?

I want a career in fashion merchandising/buying but I'm very interested in films and also how they use costumes to add depth to the characters and stories. I want to set foot on set and help out as a PA to see if maybe I should switch course and try to be in the Costumes department. #marketing #fashion #costumes #movies #film

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Madison’s Answer

Hello! I hope all is well and you are staying safe! When I first got to college, I started out as a film major. It is a very fun and hands-on field to be in for a career. I would recommend if you are getting out there to NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK! It is a entertainment business so you have to mix and mingle around. Also, social media is your bestfriend! Use it to promote your big and small film projects as well as post on YouTube when you can.

Another thing you can do is market yourself! Apply for internships that are offered that your school or in your area. Reach out to people and see if they are seeking production assistants or need any help on set. I hope that helps and I am more than happy to help you answer anything else.

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Maria’s Answer

Agree with the above advice to network. Also, look at Linkedin to not just find people to connect with that are in the job/field you want but look at their resume and study where they started most likely you will find they also had a winding path.

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MARCUS’s Answer

Christine, have you worked as a Stand-In or background artist in a film production? If not, apply to casting calls and background auditions in your local or surrounding area. This will allow you an opportunity to work on set with actors, directors, assistant director, casting directors, producers, hair, makeup, and wardrobe crew, etc. In addition, you can take a few acting classes to determine whether your interest in film is just a passion or a true desire to work in the film industry.

Enjoy the journey and best wishes!

MARCUS recommends the following next steps:

Create a profile.
Take a professional photo.
Build a resume.