So it just becomes a matter of getting a job.
I started my journey in Fall Quarter with a meeting with EPICS Director, Heather Trulock. I wanted to make sure that I was not completely missing out on job opportunities. She reassured me that entertainment jobs, unlike most other jobs, happen very quickly, without much warning. It’s futile to apply to jobs in Fall Quarter, unless I’m prepared to leave school for Winter.
Fast-forward to Winter Quarter. For me, this quarter is all about getting ready for that job rush and application process. I’ve spent hours perfecting my resume and letting my friends look over it. My resume got me my internship last winter because I sent it to the right person. I figure my first job will happen in a similar way.
I’ve had a slight crisis over what I want to do with my life. This has been exacerbated, if not caused, by graduation and the idea of the first job. The “first job” has a stigma attached to it. It seems like that job will define the rest of your life. If you start an agency, you will end at an agency. I still have this fear despite having it dispelled over and over again by people currently working in entertainment. They say you find your path. You follow where your passion is or where your skillset is or where the money is. In a lot of ways, the first job is a jumping off point and if you absolutely NAIL IT, you will be recognized and promoted or referred. Then people are asking for you, and not you for them. This idea still hasn’t entirely sunk in. I would rather start working at somewhere like HBO than in a production company run out of someone’s garage. So in the back of my head I’m still pressuring myself about the importance of my first job.
What is my Plan A/dream job? I want to end up on the creative side of the industry. If I didn’t know about getting a job on the business side, I DEFINITELY don’t know about the creative side. While I’m not quite sure exactly where to start, my initial thought is to begin assembling a list of contacts that I’ve met or would like to meet. It seems like a resume sent into a void is a resume lost. So it would be nice if I could be recommended in the future. I’ve also been entertaining the idea of starting at a place that has a more regimented entry-level position, like the NBC page program and CAA’s agent assistant program. I’m talking to my friends about them and whereas they do offer that reassurance of a job early on, none of them seem to be completely thrilled with their experiences.
So…it does FEEL like I’m stuck. Like there’s a storm coming and I’m just waiting for it. I have to keep telling myself that this is the time to get ready for that storm. So here I go, jumping in feet first. Wish me luck as I begin my journey!
Our blogger is a RTVF senior looking to move to LA and break into the Entertainment Industry post-graduation. This person has some experience in the industry, having held an internship and lived in LA earlier in their Northwestern career. Follow them as they share their story of their full-time job search.