Getting a Career in the Entertainment Industry

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It requires a lot of serious consideration and research before making a decision regarding a career. Hence, self-assessments about your strengths, weaknesses, areas of interest, skills are necessary before finally choosing a career. There are numerous career options to choose from. A career in entertainment is one such field which requires creativity. A career in entertainment encompasses a wide range of multi-dimensional job opportunities. It has always been a natural desire of human beings to applaud various forms of entertainment. The film industry is one such field which is rapidly increasing. Keeping in view the involvement of large number of people in making of a film, in the United States, film making is more an “industry” than entertainment.

Education requirements for a career in the entertainment industry are determined by various factors. There are some jobs that require post secondary training, while some jobs are based solely on talent only. Many people start their career in entertainment industry with a bachelor's degree in some area of this field. There are many people who possess a master's degree in fine art. Some of the actors often go to acting schools and dancers attend an arts university like Juilliard. There are many successful people in this industry who have simply high school diploma qualification.

One of the most essential skills required for a career in the entertainment industry is a creative bent of mind and a strong urge for art and entertainment. There are opportunities for everyone in the entertainment industry. It provides an opportunity to turn your talent into very good use and satisfy your creative urge. The film industry provides opportunities for those who desire to work behind the screen as well as those who wish to shine in the limelight. There is room for everyone for creating good in any way. There are opportunities in television and movies, music, dance, designing and animation, print media, etc.

When we talk about a career in the entertainment industry, most of the people do not know about the different kinds of jobs available in this industry. To have a successful and exciting career in the entertainment industry does not mean that you will become an actor. There are various inspiring career options in entertainment industry like director, musician, singer, dancers, choreographers, producers, and actors. Choosing to become an actor is one of the most favored choices due to obvious reasons.

One of the skills required for successful actors involves portraying different types of characters. Besides being a demanding career in nature, generally it is full of fun also. Some of the important careers behind the screen are producers and directors. The nature of their job involves putting things together and directing and organizing the entire movie to make it a success.
A musician is another career option in entertainment industry. There are various opportunities for a musician to make a career in the entertainment industry, like teaching music in schools playing symphonies, back-up musician for popular singers, etc. Person having great voice can choose a career as a singer. As glamorous as it may look, a career in singing is in fact very hard work.

Dancing is another area which provides great career opportunity in the entertainment industry. He can choose to become a dancer, a choreographer, dance instructor, etc. Choreographers and a dancing career may lead to a position on Broadway and even dancers in movies also. Due to many new vocal artists coming in music videos, opportunities are increasing for choreographers in the music video industry.

In the entertainment industry, there is an extremely varying range of salary amount. There are persons who are earning very low and there are persons who are earning exorbitantly high income. An actor who has just stepped in the career of entertainment industry may earn as low as between $7 and $30 in an hour whereas most famous and popular actors in Hollywood usually earn millions of dollars for a single movie that they act in. In fact, this is not within the norms of entertainment business. In Broadway, actors and dancers are normally paid $1000 to $1400 in a week, but in other Broadway theaters the actors and the dancers earn between $400 and $800 in a week or sometimes even less. Producers are also in the category of highly paid professionals in the entertainment industry. Their salary is determined depending upon the place where they work. Generally a producer can expect to earn between $40,000 and $90,000 in a year.

A career in entertainment industry, indeed, appears to be most alluring, but entry in this field is quite hard and it is harder even to find a job with handsome earnings and great benefits. While looking for career opportunity in this field, the companies that do offer competitive salaries and benefits must be looked at. There are some great entertainment Companies in the United States. A few of them are listed here: Universal Music Group, World of Wonder, and E Networks. Sony BMG Music, the National Arts Center, and the National Film Board of Canada are some of the companies in Canada worth considering for career opportunity in the entertainment industry.
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