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Careers In Culture
Film and Broadcasting - What You Need to Know
Challenges and Opportunities
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Welcome to the world of film and broadcasting
Creators – Where It All Happens
Are you interested in being a filmmaker, broadcaster, or animator? Then you're a person who wants to express your ideas in an original way. These career paths can be extremely fulfilling and enriching, but they can also be difficult. Chances are you will start out by developing works by yourself and without pay, and this may never become more than a part-time occupation. You will be competing with many other creators to find a market for your work.
Do you create because that is who you are? Are you determined to succeed? Can you handle rejection? You'll have to combine your training and talent with hard work, dedication and persistence. You'll need to keep abreast of new computer software and communication tools. If you love what you're doing, then keep on! Have faith in yourself, your talents and your vision.
Is Performance Your Passion?
If you want to be a performer, you'll face unique challenges. Everyone who is part of a production is essential, but its success or failure will ultimately depend on you. Each time you perform, you are expected to be at your best. The role of the performer, or radio or television news host, is so important that producers and directors audition many people in order to find just the right one for their production. This means that for every successful person at an audition, there are many who don't make it. Even those who make it usually have to juggle a number of contracts, and rely on other types of work to supplement their income from performing.
How can you best meet the challenges of this demanding career path? By learning your craft and constantly honing your abilities to their highest levels and making your discipline and dedication work for you. Successful performers say that they never stop training, they never stop learning, and they never give up!
Wanted - collaborative people!
… And Lets the Credits Roll…
For every performer, there are hundreds of people working to make the performance or production happen. Administrators provide support in film, video and broadcasting companies, and run arts service organizations. Technicians handle sound, lighting and film production. And workers such as researchers, make-up artists, costume designers and props handlers provide important support services. Many people “out of the limelight” have exciting, satisfying and enriching careers behind the scenes. What do you need for these career paths? Creativity, technical training and great problem solving, communications and teamwork skills.
Wanted – collaborative people!
The world of film and broadcasting is for people who like other people. Every production or performance is an intense collaboration with many workers, from creators to ticket sellers. How well do you get along with others? Use the following quiz to assess you interpersonal skills.
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.