mardi 10 juin 2014

Film Jobs NYC Students Can Use To Start Their Careers

By Sally Delacruz

There are lots of entry level positions that could be your first job in the tv or movie industry. Being one of the lucky young people who gets one of the film jobs NYC students can qualify for starts with confidence. It might not be easy to get your first position, but here are some of the entertainment industry gigs you can try for while you're still in school.

As a production assistant, you might do almost anything on set. This catch all position includes everything from taping down cables on the set to getting coffee for the cast and crew. You never know what will need doing, or what you'll learn. To do this job, it helps to have plenty of energy, and a winning smile in the face of any task.

If you can imagine being happy without doing much actual hands on film work, a great way to learn about daily life in the industry is as a personal assistant. By being the right hand man or woman to an entertainment power player, you'll make contacts that will serve you well for the rest of your career, and you'll see how things really work behind the scenes. For this role, you'll need excellent interpersonal skills, and a lot of patience under pressure.

Manhattan boasts a number of annual film festivals. Interning at a festival is a great way to see lots of new and unusual movies, and get invited to lively industry parties. You'll meet everyone from producers to critics, as well as fellow interns who may become the power players of tomorrow.

The village and SoHo areas of Manhattan are full of small independent arthouse movie theaters. Working on staff at one of the cinemas will get you a steady paycheck, and the chance to see all the newest edgy movies to hit the screen. You'll also learn what the influential Manhattan elite audience likes to watch, so while making popcorn isn't the most glamorous entertainment job, it does have its benefits.

Did you know that directors sometimes pull talent from the extra or background group for last minute casting? Although it's difficult to make a living as an extra, since work isn't constant or steady, when jobs come along you do get paid to spend the day on a real film set. If you take a job as a supernumerary, you might just see yourself on the silver screen.

You might not have to climb the entertainment industry ladder from the bottom up. With a digital camera and youtube, you can hire yourself to make your own movie. Collaborate with other young filmmakers and build your careers together.

The more you know about possible entertainment careers, and the more skills you can claim as your own, the better your chances of finding a film job where you can flourish. There are dozens of entry level film jobs on all sides of the field. Choose the side of the business where your personality will excel.

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