Sunday, January 30, 2011

Landing a Job in Hollywood When You're Just Starting Out

I recently received a question from a young woman who had just completed a course in 3D Animation and was having a hard time finding work. In spite of being immensely talented, companies require experience in order to hire you. Because she just finished school, she didn't yet have that experience. She wanted advice on what she could do to break in.

"Is it the typical catch 22 that all new graduates face today, particularly in this economy where there is plenty of surplus and a plethora of experienced talent?" she wanted to know. "How do you get your foot in the door?"

My suggestion is the following:

It's always a catch 22, but there is also a solution which is to call companies and offer to work as an intern. While clearly the end-goal is to land a paying job -- working as an intern can be an invaluable experience that can cement relationships and offer great returns on your investment in a relatively short period of time. Many studios and networks have diversity programs and if applicable to your situation, these programs are extra ways to gain opportunities. Working as an intern gets your foot in the door, allows you to prove yourself, develop contacts and exposure for a promotion or paying gig within that company. You've also solved the catch 22 problem because now you do have experience. Additionally, it looks good on your resume, enhancing your overall "hire-ability"as companies love seeing other "name" companies on applicants' resumes.

I hope the above is helpful. If I can provide additional tips and advice, or if you need assistance polishing your screenplay and selling your project, please feel free to contact me.

Wendy Kram, Producer/Owner
WK Productions & L.A. FOR HIRE, Inc.

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