So, You Want to Work in the Entertainment Industry?

Article by Philip Roufail, CPRW

Breaking into show business isn’t a phrase that just applies to artists. Every entertainment job, no matter how small, has a mosh pit of hypercompetitive talent ready to brawl for it. The people on the inside are entrenched and want it to be as difficult as possible for new competition to “break into” what is a closed system by design. If you want to work in the biz, that is your starting point. Welcome to Hollywood.

For our purposes, “Hollywood” means film and television regardless of where in the country it is actually made (all roads lead to L.A. or New York). Music and sports, while owned and operated by the same people as film and television, have peculiarities that require them to have their own spotlight.

Here are some other phrases you may have heard about “Hollywood” that are also 100% true.

Truth #1: There’s no business like show business.

There is, in fact, no business like show business. To explain how Hollywood works would require a weekly post for at least a year, but here’s the pitch we’re going with: Hollywood is a cut-throat scrum of very crazy, very beautiful, and very talented people vying for a very limited number of deals and dollars. Anything goes. Anything.

Truth #2: Hollywood is a small town.

But not in the way you think. The entertainment industry is nine companies that own everything: NBC Universal, CBS, Time-Warner, Fox, Viacom, Disney, Netflix, DirectTV, and Dish Network. In film and television, these companies employ over 900,000 people and support up to 2.5 million total jobs. That may sound like a lot of people but almost none of them can impact your career; the ones who can are the buyers who can green light projects and the talent who can actually make those projects on schedule and on budget. That is a comparatively small number of people, thus a small town.

Truth #3: You don’t work for a living, you live to work.

Hollywood is the eternal hustle. From the studio executive on down, you’re always hustling for the next job because there is never a guarantee the one you have will last or that there will be another one to follow.

 

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