FILM SCHOOL TIPS FOR GRADUATES PURSUING CAREERS IN TV, FILM, AND VIDEO


CONGRATULATIONS, F.I.R.S.T. INSTITUTE FILM SCHOOL GRAD!

You’ve just completed your last course in Film & Video Production, and you’re feeling pretty good about yourself and your prospects for landing the film and video production job of your dreams. We’d like to congratulate you and wish you the best of luck pursuing your careers in TV, Film, and Video!

Here are a few of your top questions answered about finding a job in Film & Video:

“Wait, you’re saying I need experience in order to apply to a job to get experience?”

This is a very chicken vs. egg sort of situation for job seekers everywhere who are looking for their first job in a new field. You have to have some experience in order to gain it, and you’re often left scratching your head and wondering if it’s even worth it to apply without experience and end up just hoping for the best.

There is hope!

You can explore one of these options:

  • Signing up with a temp agency
  • Applying for an film internship
  • Volunteering with a charity or non-profit organization
  • Producing / participating in the production of an independent film

“My resume is pretty short, what can I do to make myself look better without stretching the truth?”

Sometimes, it can be hard as a student fresh out of film school. Whether you’re younger or have some life experience under your belt, it doesn’t make a difference to many employers. Whether you’ve had schooling of some kind before or this is the first program you’ve completed, you’re going to have a rather limited list of relevant skills… right?

It is possible to have a captivating resume without tons of education or experience!

Sit back and assess your skills.

If you’ve recently completed Film & Video courses, then you can list any areas that were major strengths for you. If you’ve ever been an extra in a friend’s video and it was a semi-professional production, add that too. Just steer clear of mentioning your part in that daredevil stunt gone bad!

You might also have skills that you never knew were relevant to the jobs you’re seeking.

If you’re a pretty fast and accurate writer, you may add that in, too – maybe there will be a need for someone to dictate the changes to be made to a script, or you could offer to write down notes for someone in a higher up position.

Have you ever been a courier or runner for a previous job? Sometimes the breakthrough job for a newbie in the film and video industry is as the person who hand-carries important files around to different people, or as the person who gets the morning coffee and doughnuts for the director and crew. It’s not glamorous, but if it gets you the entry-level job in the film industry you need, it’s worth including in your resume.


Think Outside Of The Box!

Sometimes, all you need is a little bit of outside-the-box, creative thinking to increase your chances of scoring the coveted invitation for a second interview!

At F.I.R.S.T. Institute Film School, our goal is to give you everything that you need to succeed – from Film & Video instruction that helps you advance in the film industry to the job seeking and self-promotional tools that you’ll need to stand out above the rest.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in Film & Video Production, give us a call or get in touch through our website for more information on our programs, campus, and student services.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon!