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What should be my first steps in getting myself into the entertainment industry?

I enjoy most things relating to the arts and entertainment, like fashion design, acting, film making/producing, songwriting, computer editing, etc... I also enjoy making content where I can try and make people laugh. I can easily think of creative ideas to help in most situations. Any ideas of how I can successfully branch into the industry continue these ideas/hobbies? entertainment fashion-design graphic-design acting art photography arts

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Nicholas’s Answer

Hey Chelsea! First off, would encourage you to further define what "entertainment industry" means to you. You've described a really broad array of possible career tracks that may overlap from the outside, require very specific skill sets and offer different doors in.

My number one recommendation to you is to try to get an internship as soon as possible in one of these fields—any of them, wherever you can get in. You'll learn more about having a job period, and more about that area. Maybe you'll hate it, and that's great to know, one less path to pursue. Getting an internship isn't easy, and you should start networking asap. This might sound intimidating, but it's easy! Send emails, tweets, etc to people who might give you a chance. Ask everyone you know if they know someone who might. These are not careers where you just walk in. Entertainment is a "who you know" business. But even if you don't know someone today, you will tomorrow. And, odds are, someone who cares about you knows someone who knows someone who will give you your first chance.

Agree with David's comment about attending college. It's a must in the modern economy (even if it maybe shouldn't be that way). Though I personally wouldn't worry too much about picking a specific major. You can study what you're interested in and network into entertainment!

Thank you for the advice! I'm thinking of leaning towards the visual arts like acting & producing or the communication/broadcasting areas of the industry. chelsea R.

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David’s Answer

Hello Chelsea,
To begin, I would suggest you plan on attending college with possibly an art major. That will give you an opportunity to explore possible career paths and provide a way to earn money while you establish yourself in a chosen profession. Some of the interests you mentioned will require a degree and getting into a creative field generally takes a while before you are generating enough income to support yourself. Attending college can help you narrow your career interests which are a bit extensive at this time. College can offer opportunities to explore various entertainment avenues and allow you to meet people who can offer advice because of their life experiences.
If you are not a reader, I suggest you become one. There is a lot of information in books that can help you make good decisions as you move forward with your life. I have found learning is a life-long journey.
Best of luck!

Thank you for the advice! chelsea R.

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John’s Answer

Hello Chelsea! I love where your head is at, I love that You like different aspects of the entertainment industry. If you are passionate about creating you should just create!
......more importantly show your work. Show your work to as many people who are willing to look at it. Create profiles along all the different social media platforms you like working with and establish a presence. The more poeple that know who you are and what you do the more opertunitoes you will have to work with other people.

You will also learn the hard part of the entertainment industry.... the critics. This industry is tough, You have to have a thick skin. Not everyone will like your work. There will be people in your life (with your best interest in mind) who will try to discourage you. My suggestion: Persevere through passion. Find the people who align with what you want to do. Join fb groups. Find local creators groups, instructors, hobbies. And connect with them. follow ig groups/pages of people that are creating. Watch, learn, be inspired and inspire. In the industry your network is your net worth the more people you know the more people that know you will help you grow.

Know your worth (not always monetary) if you can experience something new which give you take aways do them. Find an internship that will put you in positions to see where you fit in, you can always collaborate with creators don’t get get discouraged when people say no. This industry is full of no’s you can get 97 no’s and the 3 yes’s out of the 100 people you ask are going to experiences you would have never imagined. Find out what your work is worth from other people that are doing the same thing. Find a mentor, someone you follow someone who is doing something you can see yourself doing in 5 years 10 years and connect with them.

The longer you can keep a positive mind set, and continuously work toward growing with passion, success is inevitable.

Thank you for the encouragement! I have already started to try and make profiles on social media and tried a little bit of everything to see where I want to go specifically with creating., and I found out I really enjoy creating videos & jokes so I'm going more into that spectra. chelsea R.

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