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What jobs should I be looking for as a recent Radio, Television, & Film graduate?

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I will be graduating from San Jose State University in December and I'm currently job searching. My ideal job would be working on a set of a known studio such as HBO, NBC, or Netflix, producing content but it seems these companies don't have any entry-level jobs. What kind of jobs should I be looking for to eventually end up as a Producer for TV/Film network? #entertainment #music #radio #television

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I'm sorry you did say producer. So specifically for producing, I personally know people who have climbed that ladder. The way I have seen it done is this...

If you can't find a production job in Hollywood then you can work on commercials and marketing materials, and you can work in cities outside of LA. Commercials are shot all over the country, and good producers do really well. I know some young, very successful producers who started out doing commercial work in Indianapolis.
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Tim’s Answer

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I would recommend getting a profile at IHireBroadcasting, they have entry level jobs targeting that field, your first job may not be your dream job, but it is okay to aim high. I have been in your position and I found myself applying to anything that would actually be a good use of my skills and would further my career in writing. It is a tough field, but I definitely believe the best way into the jobs you are seeking is through a job somewhere else, maybe some lesser known company that creates content. There are a lot of people out there shooting good content, you just have to find out where you fit best right now.
Do you think it would valuable to start as an Assistant? I see several companies, Sony, NBC, that have assistant position, but I'm afraid there won't be opportunities for growth in the field I want to go in to. Or will there be? Ashton C. Translate
People certainly do that, but it's not as common for creatives to take that path. I believe it is usually executive types that start out as assistants, probably someone working on an MBA. I will say, however, that those assistant jobs are highly competitive and if you landed one it certainly could open some doors up for you. If I knew what type of job you are aiming for I could give you some specific examples I have seen for people breaking in to the business. Tim Cannon Translate
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Joe’s Answer

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You should be searching for production assistant-type positions. This is assuming you want to be working on projects directly. While many would suggest getting any job to get your foot in the door, my belief is that an office-type position or sales job would make it difficult to transition to the production end of things.
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Tim’s Answer

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If the job listing for assistant mentions any producing adjacent activities then I think it would be valuable, and if it does not, not as much.
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