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Film/TV Careers: Getting the Job

With entertainment jobs, half the battle is actually getting the job. Whether its a film job or a television job, we'll show you where to look to find the entertainment job of your dreams. Additionally we tell you what skills and certifications might be required.

ACTING TIPS: Figure Out What You Want Then Go Get It!
Too many actors out there have too broad a goal. They don't really understand how important it is to figure out what they want so that they can set a plan to acheive it.

ACTING TIPS: The Importance of Headshots
Headshots are an actor's business card. A way that casting directors, writers, producers and directors can contact you before and after an audition. So, here are a few tips to keep in mind when preparing your headshots.

ACTING TIPS: Preparing Your Child for a Disney Audition
If your child is lucky enough to have a chance to audition for the Disney Channel, you want to be sure you give them their best chance at success. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Acting Tips: How to Combat Nervousness
Nervousness can really kill a potentially good audition. Here are a few tips to help keep your nerves in check when having to perform.

Film/TV Careers: 2nd Assistant Director (aka 2nd AD, Second AD, Second)
A second assistant director reports to the first assistant director and has a wide variety of on set duties from "extras wrangling" to essentially serving as a stage manager.

Working in Reality Television: The Realities of Reality TV
If you've ever thought about working in reality TV, there are some hard truths you'll need to know before showing up for your first day of work.

Stage Moms: What Not to do at a Casting Call
If you're a Mom (or Dad) who is looking to get their child an acting gig there are a number of things you can do to help your child out, as well as a number of things that can cause them NOT to get the job in the first place! So, keep these tips in mind before taking your child to their next audition.

Film and TV Jobs: Ignite Your Passion
One of the key factors to success in Hollywood is making sure you're passionate about what you do. In film and television passion is the one thing that will keep your drive going in good times and bad.

ACTING TIPS: Getting an Agent
Getting an agent to represent you is one of the necessary evils of Hollywood and the process can be quite daunting. Here's a quick run down of a few ways to make it easier to do.

How to Become an Extra in Movies and Television
All of those people wandering around in the background in your favorite movie and television shows are called "extras." It may not be the most glamorous of Hollywood jobs, but it is a way to break into the film and television industry.

Employment Options for New Actors
Most newbie actors need to keep their days free to keep themselves open for potential auditions. The problem is that these "actors" still need rent money while they're waiting for their ship to come in. So, here are a few employment options to consider.

How to Sell Your Idea for a TV Show
Do you have an idea that you're sure would make a great TV show? There's a process you have to go through to sell your show idea. It takes patience, persistence and a little talent, but it can be done.

How to do Script Coverage
If you've been told to give coverage on a script or teleplay, what exactly does that mean? What is script coverage and how do you do it? It's easier than you think.

5 Common Mistakes Film and Television Writers Make and How to Avoid Them
When writers attempt to sell their ideas to film and television executives, often they fail because of mistakes they make in the "pitching" process. Here are five common mistakes and ways to avoid them.

Book Review: RESPECT FOR ACTING
If you're looking to get into acting as a career, you need to start by mastering the craft of acting and no one is better at teaching it than Uta Hagen. Here is our review of one of the best books on acting available, RESPECT FOR ACTING.

How to Become a Television Executive
If your dream is to become a television executive, here is a potential career path you might consider to get you there.

How to Become a Film and Television Actor
Many people dream of one day becoming a rich and famous Hollywood actor. If you're one of them, then here is some advice on how to become an actor.

10 Tips to Getting a Job in Hollywood
Hollywood jobs are in extremely high demand. If you want to have the best chance of getting hired for a job in the film and television industries, than you need to know these ten tips.

How to Get a Production Internship
One of the best places to get your entertainment career off the ground is through a production internship. You get hands on experience in a number of different capacities and you meet the people that can hire you when you're ready to hit the job market.

How to Become a Screenwriter
If your dream is to become a Hollywood screenwriter, here are a few tips to help make that dream a reality. Learn how to write movies and how to go about selling your screenplay.

How to Write a Spec Script
If you want to become a television writer you need to know how to write a spec script. A spec script serves as a resume for any prospective television writer and is an absolute must.

How to Become a TV Comedy Writer
If you've ever dreamed of becoming a TV comedy writer, here is the step by step action guide that will help you achieve your goal of becoming a writer for television.

How to Get Started in a Film or Television Career
Breaking into the entertainment industry can be notoriously difficult. So, if you want to know how to start a film or television career, be sure to review the articles on this page.

No Experience Necessary
For most new entrants to the entertainment world, the most difficult challenge is getting that first job. The catch-22 to getting an entertainment job in Hollywood is that you need experience to get a job and you can't get the experience without getting the job! Well, there are ways to maneuver through the system. Here are three tips to help.

Film/TV Careers: Assess Yourself First
The entertainment industry is not a career for those who aren't truly passionate about what they do. So before you begin your career path down this particular road, it's good to start with a self-assessment to make sure that this is not only something you can do, but is in fact something you want to do.

Acting: Get That Part!
There are a lot of things about acting that you have no control over, such as the way you look, the way you talk, etc. But there are a number of things you can control that will greatly improve your chances of getting hired.

Don't Lie on That Resume!
If you think it's okay to lie on a resume, think again. This great article by fellow About.com Guide, Dawn Rosenberg McKay talks about just a few of the potential pitfalls you risk by getting too creative with your work experience. Definitely worth a read.

Want to be an Agent?
If you've ever dreamed of being a high powered talent, literary or publishing agent, you might want to consider applying for an Agency Training Program. This 2-4 year program will teach you everything you need to know to become a player. Hey, and if you get the job have your people call my people and we'll do lunch, okay cha-cha?

Get Your Career Off The Ground as a Production Assistant
Starting out as a PA or production assistant is one of the best ways to get the higher end jobs. From becoming a director, cinematographer or even a producer most PA jobs lead to bigger opportunities in almost every production category. Here's the definitive career profile of what a production assistant can expect and what you need to get the job.

How to Become a Producer
Becoming a producer is a long hard road that is much easier when you have a path to follow. Here's an article that will give you a bit of what to expect from this career.

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