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How do I get started in the production industry- specifically film?

I am a high schooler and I'm extremely interested in film and television. I know it's what I want to pursue when I'm older. I like the behind the scenes jobs and I think I would be a really good fit for a producer. #film #television #production

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Farhan’s Answer

First, you will have to be in a city or state where a lot of film and television production work happens. New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Vancouver are just some of the cities in North America where a lot of productions take place. Given that you are in high school, I think the best route for you right now would be to look for an internship or assistance role within the industry. You could search on or or even do a general Google search for these kinds of positions in your area. You might even consider an unpaid position as a way to break into the business if you are truly passionate about the industry. Another approach you could take is make contact with someone within the production industry on LinkedIn and see if they might give you 30 minutes of their time for an informational interview. It's a shot in the dark but if it pays off and you impress them with your drive and enthusiasm, it could end in an opportunity. If someone does offer you their time, make sure to go well prepared with lots of questions. Regardless, just know that the entertainment industry is highly competitive both in front of and behind the camera. So, be prepared to work very hard.

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Melissa’s Answer

For the US and Canada, you likely will want to be a part of IATSE to work in major films and TV behind the scenes - check out more here:

Founded in 1893, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees represents workers in the entertainment industry. Our members work in all forms of live theater, motion picture and television production, trade shows and exhibitions, television broadcasting, and concerts as well as the equipment and construction shops that support all these areas of the entertainment industry. We represent virtually all behind the scenes workers necessary to the functioning of the entertainment industry, from all forms of live entertainment to motion picture and televisions to conventions and trade shows.