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What is the best field to pursue in the entertainment industry?

I may or may not be going to college next year, which means I need to choose a major. I don't have any interests in any other field besides the entertainment industry. I want to know which field is both satisfying and having a decent pay. Ex: animation, film, etc. However, I also want to know if it's worth getting a degree/major in this field.

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Roger’s Answer

That's a very general question requiring a very specific answer.

Here's the deal: unless you are driven by a in inextinguishably burning passion do something very specific within the entertainment industry, IT MIGHT NOT BE FOR YOU. It's not for folks who aren't sure what their specialty is, and it's definitely not for folks with no previously-honed talent. Given the crushing schedules, the grueling deadlines, the temperamental and quirky personalities, the uber-reliance on networking and who-you-need-to-know to get ahead, the nepotism, the favors for friends, the friends with benefits, the a@@ kissing, the brutality...it shouldn't be something you aren't sure about getting into, nor an arena where you have no clear contribution to make.

I'll leave you with a quote from Kathleen Kennedy (Google her if you don't know who she is) who after hearing me say that I would be willing to do "anything" to work at Amblin (some 30+ years ago), said: "I'm not looking for someone who can do anything. I'm looking for someone who can do something very specific that can help me grow my business."

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Selena’s Answer

It really depends. If you put in the work and effort then you can definitely make money in animation or film but that goes with being able to put yourself out there. It's a lot of self promotion AND a lot of networking. College is good for animation and film if you can afford it. You meet all sorts of people from around the world and it allows you to become a better person.

What I honestly suggest is maybe a year in community college and taking time to build a portfolio art wise. Check out local artist get togethers! Draw everything you see! Play with film on your phone camera! Go to film festivals if you can! Remember that art school is still school and it's very very difficult. If not more difficult than regular college you will do lots of things you don't want to do but its to better your understanding of art!
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Kid’s Answer

All fields are great to pursue in the entertainment industry, what you need to ask yourself is, What is it that I really have a passion for? Figure that out and then go for it.

Good luck

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