is it hard to find a job from an Entertainment Business major?
i want to under go the Entertainment Business major to hopefully work in the entertainment field #entertainment #entertainment-industry #entertainment-marketing #music-entertainment
You might be surprised that academic commitment to a major does not automatically put a person on a path to successful paid work and a career. Yes, commit to a major but also do practical moves outside of class.
My recommendation? Build your reputation for being a great person to work with and earn credits in being a resource or peer for the career aspirations of others. Too vague? Here's a concrete example: picture that you are building bridges for yourself as you assist in building bridges for others. If it's a sustainable career in the Entertainment Business you want, make incremental gains. Set small goals for yourself to meet people, start a meaningful exchange and be of assistance for years. Make the opportunity to meet the constellation of worker types in your galaxy. What do I mean? Get to know sound engineers, camera operators, post-production editors, actors, and directors. Never treat anyone as a nobody. Years later a film student you met may leapfrog and become an influential director with work appearing at SXSW. This means to be your most sustainable, kindest, Entertainment Business savviest self starting in school. It's not schmoozing only with the obviously powerful that will get you to where you want to go but by being genuine and seeing how you can build a network where you have friends in all aspects of Entertainment production, distribution and publicity. Target related disciplines now by joining or asking for permission to drop in on student clubs on your college campus for those not in your exact major but in supporting roles in tv, streaming content, podcasting, audio.
What can you offer if you are just starting out too? It can be a knowledge swap, it can be an opportunity to shadow behind-the-scenes for their technical expertise. It can mean giving a sincere referral to someone you've befriended because you keep your eyes open for opportunities for them to grow in their career. You won't lose by being generous.
Think of the folktale or proverb: The Lion and the Mouse. It repeats the theme I mentioned of never treating anyone like a nobody. The mouse in the story is scoffed at originally by the mighty lion. However, the mouse comes to rescue the lion when he/she/they falls into a trap.
The Entertainment field is very broad and as such there are lots of entry level positions. The first thing to try to determine is what area of business you want to work in: marketing, business affairs (Legal), finance/accounting, publicity, talent management, just to name a few career tracks. Ask the professors at your school about each of these career tracks. Then you need to decide what type of entertainment you want to work in- television, movies, streaming content, comedy, theatrical, etc. the best way to start out is to try to get an internship. You ca. Go on the website for any company you are interested in (TV network, movie studio, streaming service, etc.). and search for internship opportunities. Also talk to everyone you know and ask them if they know anyone you can talk to just to learn about what they do. Hope this helps and good luck!