Careers in Culture – Careers in Film and Broadcasting

> It's not easy

Dollars and Common Sense

You've probably heard about movies with multi-million-dollar budgets and stars who sign huge contracts. Maybe you like to read about colourful radio personalities and famous movie icons. Your dreams of fame and fortune are wonderful things, because they are part of what helps you pursue your passions. But it's also important to know the reality of working in film and broadcasting.

Most creators and performers have low incomes and no job security. They often work at other jobs to support their dreams, themselves and their families. The best way you can prepare for this possibility is to stay in school and get as much education as you can. Your education is your best insurance for the future, no matter what turn your career takes. The more you know the more choices you will have .

The “Business of Show Business”

If you have a career in film and broadcasting, chances are you will work on a freelance basis. Perhaps you're a web designer, providing technical support for a number of indie podcasters. Maybe you're an actor moving from one project to another, and from radio to film to television. Perhaps you're a casting agent who sells your skills to different directors. Whatever field you're in, you'll be your own small business – promoting and selling you talents and services. This kind of career requires business skills and self-promotion know-how: Consider taking business courses to learn accounting, bookkeeping and entrepreneurship.

Breakin’ In Is Hard To Do

In front of the camera or microphone or behind the scenes – whatever your career dream, you may find that getting into film and broadcasting careers can be difficult. This field attracts many people from around the world, and the competition for work is fierce. What's the best way to deal with this reality? Go for your dreams. But be the best you can be. Get all the education and training you can and continue to build your skills and knowledge.