Finding a job in the Film & Video industry isn’t always easy, but it’s far from impossible! In order to have the best chance of success, include these five tips when creating your introduction materials and approaching potential clients and employers.
5 TIPS TO SECURE A FILM INDUSTRY JOB:
If you’re looking to get started in a career within the Film and Video industry, here are 5 things that you can do to greatly improve your chances of securing a job you’ll love!
1. Don’t overlook local opportunities – You don’t have to see hopping a plane to Hollywood as your only option, especially when you’re just starting out. Yes, you might have done your networking homework while you were still in school, and you might know someone on the inside with a major production company, but unless you already have a job contract (in writing), then you’re not necessarily going to have a job there that you can count on. Try searching the web using terms such as “[your location] film / video production.”
2. Develop multiple talents – People with talent and ability in more than one aspect of the industry are going to be much more valuable to potential employers. If they can hire someone who can do three essential things instead of hiring three separate people with only one skill each, who do you think they’re going to go with? Make yourself one of these desirable individuals! The only caveat to this is to avoid listing any skills or abilities that you don’t want to work with often. If you tell someone you’re good at something, they’re going to want you to do it. Don’t wind up with a job you hate!
3. Always have a backup plan – If you’ve been looking for your dream job for a little while and aren’t having much luck, make sure that you have something else that you can fall back on. Maybe it’s not the job title you’ve been wishing for, but if it has the opportunity to show off your skills and help you advance within the company that hires you, why not use a secondary skill to get your foot in the door?
4. Understand the job market – Take the time to look around and see what’s available, and what is actually needed most. One position might be in high demand now, and the need for something else might be on the rise. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to apply to jobs that are more likely to request an interview with you based on your skills.
5. Take a few deeps breaths – How is this going to help you get a job, you ask? Being stressed out isn’t going to do anyone any favors on the job hunt, you especially! Employers can easily see if you’re wound up. Take a deep breath or two before you go to an interview, and do your best to speak with confidence. You’ve got the knowledge and the skills to succeed, all you need to do is convince them.
A FINAL TIP:
When you are called in for an interview, make sure that you have something small and memorable to leave behind! A creative business card is a great starting point, and if you buy in bulk, they’re not overly expensive.
If you’re looking for a career in the Film & Video industry, we can offer you the knowledge and skills you need to stand out from the crowd. At F.I.R.S.T. Institute’s Film School, we focus on industry-specific hands-on instruction using the most cutting-edge technology currently being used by studios and production companies all around the world.
Please give us a call or get in touch through our website! A member of our staff would be happy to answer your questions and help you schedule a tour of our Orlando film school campus.