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What are some challenges and benefits in the media?

Updated San Francisco, California

I'm fourteen years old and very interested in Media Studies but I want to know more #media #theater #director #film-acting #producer #screenplay

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Eugene’s Answer

Updated Redwood City, California

When you study media in college, it's everything you need for the traditional knowledge you're required to have in the field. But once you're in the field, you have to break the traditions, because we're constantly improving our operations thanks to fashion and society. The benefits to it are the industry access and the wonderful people you'll befriend and understand your career, the pitfalls of the career is trying to explain it to everyone who aren't in it: frequent freelance jobs, constantly travelling, and living humbly even though you're earning over middle class income. It's a conundrum that you can't afford to slow down unless you're ready to quit your repertoire and start again. Its one of those jobs where you can rest when you die, just because you really wouldn't want to miss a thing.

Personally, I've attended fashion shows, theatrical premieres, industry access to multiple conventions, and exclusive parties for free. But, thanks to it, I sleep four hours, six times a week, and am usually too exhausted to eat a proper meal. Simply: stay congenial, eat and exercise well, and make sure you learn EVERYTHING in your field before you get in - you're gonna move 100mph when you step in your field, and get tired of cake. At least, in Hollywood, you get tired of cake...

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This sounds like a perfect job for me. Could you please elaborate on how you got your job?
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I came in as a Production Assistant. Like most PA's, they made me work 14hrs each day, and had to travel back home to sleep for only 4 hrs. When starting the day, or on lunch, I took the time to socialize with everyone in the Crew. That led to other jobs, and more freelancing. The more people I knew, the better my chances were in getting more work. The deal though, is yes, I did get paid $20/hr, but no, I didn't have anytime to enjoy it. It was a lifestyle, not just a career. So, after enough money made, I started my own company, and now work both jobs, not worrying where my income stems.