Are You Interested in Working in Entertainment?

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If you are interested in working in the entertainment field you will need to possess a great deal of perseverance and be internally driven to succeed and compete with others equally driven to make it in the field. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are also required in addition to creativity and a professional network to help open doors and land an interview.

Experience Needed for Working in the Entertainment Industry

Gaining exposure in the field of film and television requires gaining the necessary experience either in college or by doing internships.

These experiences often require doing a lot of the grunt work but also offers student’s insight, knowledge, and skills as well as developing professional contacts that are crucial in the field of entertainment. Working for your college newspaper, radio or television station, or in college theater productions will provide you with a good start in gaining the necessary experience to get hired. Summer internships will give you additional experience to include on your resume.

Challenges of Working in the Entertainment Industry​

If you are interested in pursuing a career in entertainment, you must be willing to accept criticism and rejection along the way. Competition is fierce in this field and only those who thrive under this type of pressure survive. Although you will experience a great high when you find yourself landing a job, unlike most jobs, the majority of jobs in the entertainment field are temporary and success in the field requires being able to take the highs with the lows.

Top Sites for Entertainment Jobs & Internships

The entertainment field is full of opportunities for individuals looking to break into the industry. Here are some of the top sites for finding jobs and internships in the entertainment field. Since it is such a competitive field, developing a strong network of contacts within the field can be extremely helpful.

Gaining relevant experience is also required since most employers in the field will ask for a portfolio of previous work.

Entry-level Positions in Entertainment

Production Assistant, Assistant Editor, Film Journalist, Screenwriters, Advertising Copywriter, News Reporter, News Writer.

Careers in Television, Film, and Broadcasting

News reporter, news writer, screenwriter, public relations and promotions director, costume designer, production assistant, make-up artist, set designer, animator, actor, crew member, special effects, editor, critic, director, composer, and photographer/camera operator. In addition, a large range of sports related careers are included in this category, such as: sports agent, sports marketing, sports media relations, and sports publicity.

Additional Resources 

  • Broadcast Media and Journalism Career Guide
  • Music & Entertainment Industry Internship Guide for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
    Publication Date: 2003​
  • Princeton Review Internship Bible
    Publication Date: 2005
    Author: M. Oldman and S. Hamadeh
  • Princeton Review Best 109 Internships
    Publication Date: 2003​
  • Regional Theatre Directory 2003-2004
    Publication Date: 2003
    Author: Jill Charles
  • Summer Theatre Directory 2003
    Publication Date: 2003
    Author: Barbara Ax

Professional Associations ​& Organizations



Television & Radio Artists

Screenwriters and Directors