Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Best of Entertainment Careers Internships: December 15th-December 21st

Still looking for a Spring 2014 internship?

In a new weekly feature, here's the most promising postings of this past week. 

Note: This is the result of my best judgement after evaluating their listings. I cannot guarantee these companies treat their interns with respect. 

Development of Everything
Development Intern    Oops Doughnuts Productions!- Los Angeles, CA 12/19

For the Music Lover
Production Intern      House of Blues Entertainment- Hollywood, CA   12/18
Music Intern (Video, Engineering, Road, ect.) Amber Melody Music  LA, CA 12/20

For the Live Show and Comedy Guru
Production Intern      Victory Lap Variety- Silverlake, CA 12/19

For the Youtube Lover (who wants to be loved)
Docu-Series Intern    AwesomenessTV- Santa Monica, CA 12/19
Intern                         Tastemade Santa Monica, CA 12/19

For the Law School Guy/Girl
Legal Intern              RKO Pictures- LA, CA 12/18

For the Person Who Still Reads (Books)
Publishing Intern      Bird Street Books- LA, CA 12/18

For the Future Agent
Talent Intern              Lang Talent- Westlake, CA 12/16

Have a listing to add? Email or comment below.


Craft the Perfect Resume

I've hired interns before and you wouldn't believe how many resumes get tossed in the trash for the simplest of reasons.

Here is a couple things to keep in mind when crafting your interview-gaining resume:

    Just think about it, the entertainment industry is based on creativity. Most interns should have some graphic design skills or at least know how to use Microsoft Publisher and create visual presentations. Therefore its not surprising that the truly creative resumes get thrown in the trash less frequently than those that use the same Word template. I can't stress enough, please DON'T USE A WORD TEMPLATE. Employers see these 85 times a day. Note: Unless you are applying to an agency where tradition and simplicity is preferred.

  Tips: Build it on Word (preferably Mac Publishing Layout) for easy changing, use color as an accent, the background should be white for easy printing, save as a PDF. Remember, design should enhance the requiters ability to READ and UNDERSTAND your resume. Not make it more difficult.


Are you in film school? Have you worked on independent films or even studio films? Those should be on your resume, but where? A good rule of thumb is to put your production experience in its own little section as this person has done below. There are a couple exceptions to this rule. 1. If you were paid (such as a PA on a Feature Film) this can go under work experience. 2. If you are applying to be in an apprentice-type situation (ie. intern with a Cinematographer or Art Department), then they will want to see your experience front and center.
 I understand you were the on the journalism crew for the Girl Scout National Convention in 2008. However, that conference is 3 days long and they let anyone be on the journalism crew. High school club positions, camp counselor positions, and other jobs that aren't "really jobs" should NOT be on your resume. If you have no real experience instead focus on education (list college classes, honor societies) and positions with office experience. High school should have no place on your resume, assuming you are a sophomore in college or higher. I also shouldn't have to tell you not to lie on your resume.

BAD: Head Videographer at the World Affairs Seminar June 2009
GOOD:  Receptionist at London Law Firm (Your Dad's Company) June 2009

If you don't change at least one part of your resume for every job, you're doing it wrong. You must modify the experience you list, your skills, or your production experience based on the requirements listed in the job posting. Although a lot of internship postings (especially Development internships) are the same, employers want to see if you fit the requirements in the first 10 seconds of looking at your resume.  You can at least change your Final Cut Pro skill to Avid based on the positing, assuming you know both.

Its no secret that the people in the entertainment industry are busy. That means your resume has about ten seconds to impress them, likely less. Either they click it open in an email or they are presented about 20+ resumes at once. Keep this in mind. Use bulletin points, short sentences, and an easy design in order to succeed.

Make sure your Linkedin matches your resume or improves on it with more general experience that did not fit on your targeted resume. If you are graduating early, make sure it reflects that. You don't need more than a Linkedin profile filled out as far as recommendations and such go. However, if you want to go all the way, go ahead! More power to you!

I must say that having a website that has my portfolio of writings, photography, and graphic design on it has greatly impressed employers and helped me get a lot of internships. You don't even need website design experience to make one. is a great free website with no HTML. WordPress and even Tumblr are great too. Just add your own domain name and be sure to include links to your Linkedin.

If you have any more questions or tips email or comment below.

Friday, December 20, 2013

How to Find a (Great) Hollywood Internship

Looking for your first ever Hollywood internship?

You came to the right place.

Where to find internships? 
I wouldn't recommend applying to the TOP Media Companies (ABC, TimeWarner, NBC, CBS) as your first internship since they require previous internship experience and are lengthy applications. Instead, check these sites on a weekly basis and send a cover letter in the body of the email along with your resume attached.

1. Entertainment Careers- Industry standard site. However, bad internships are not vetted. 
2. The Hollywood Temp Diaries: Industry job list. Scroll to the bottom for internships. Bad internships are not vetted. 

Not all internships are created equal!
Don't get stuck in the Devil Wears Prada Hollywood Internship. Here's how to determine if an internship is worth your time:
1. Do they pay? Though it is very rare to find a paid internship in Hollywood, its really a sign of a company's respect toward their interns. Interns doing entry level work is expected, yet its no secret that they should be paid for the entry level work. Due to recent law suits, the major companies have instituted a policy of paying their interns. However, as a first internship, you will likely be unpaid.
 2. Are they a reputable company? Check their IMBD page. Do they have recent titles? Award winning titles? Check Deadline. Do they have current deals? Connections with other companies? First look deals? Do your research. 

3. Talk to a Past Intern. Due to confidentiality agreements, you are unlikely to find an intern having published their experience online unless you know someone who has held a position at a company you are applying to. However, you can use Linkedin to communicate with past interns who are likely to be more communicative one-on-one.
4. Check the Responsibilities listed. Though its hard to evaluate a company for a listing, check the responsibilities they list. These are the words to look out for as they often lead to bad/ slave-like internships:
  • Runs/ Have Own Car/Mileage Reimbursed. Though interns in Hollywood often have to do runs, this shouldn't be a major factor of their internship. Interns should be spending as much time in the office, LEARNING. Rather than grabbing coffee, beef jerky, or lunch for their boss. If an employer chooses to add runs as a major job requirement, their is likely a high frequency of runs and therefore a low respect for the intern. 
  • Rolling Calls. Interns in Hollywood often do office tasks: filling, mailing, answering phones. However, rolling calls is industry speak for connecting two important parties, listening in on the call, and often taking notes. It is an assistant duty (and a thankless stressful one) that you shouldn't need to do. 
  • Confidential.  Don't apply to a company who says its a reputable company but doesn't say its name in its listing. It means it's not a reputable company or its a celebrity's company. Either way, you don't want to work there. Celebrity= Assistant-like internship. 
  • Remotely. If you never actually meet the person you're working for, they have no idea who you are. You also learn less and come away with just a name on your resume and no connections. Also often do not have an office space, which likely means they are not reputable. 
  • More than 4 month commitment. 3 months is standard in Hollywood. More than 4 months is a huge commitment and shows that it is difficult for them to keep interns. In fact, any mention of a "commitment" is a warning sign. Fall internships should run: Late August- Early December. Spring Internships: Late January- Early May. Summer: Late May- Early August. Anything other than this is a warning sign. 
  • Full time. No intern should be working full time- ESPECIALLY FOR FREE! If you are free to work full time, I would suggest to find two internships. 
  • 3+ Days a Week. The standard is 2 days a week for part-time internships.
5. Is it an agency? Your first internship shouldn't be at an agency. The majority are ruthless and its hard to figure out which are not. They have a strong habit of treating interns like slaves.

See tips on coverletters and resumes in future posts.

If you have anything to add, please comment or email

The Best Hollywood Internships: Development Part 1

Ahh...Development. The world where assistants, executives, writers, agents, and (unpaid) interns try and collaborate to create the building blocks for a film or TV series that 85% of the time never gets made.

These internships are often the most difficult and the most common. The knowledge you gain about the entertainment industry is invaluable providing you can make it through the endless coffee runs, insane supervisors, and picking up packages during rush hour in Santa Monica.

Here are the best of the best of the industry (and they're PAID)....

Unpaid/ Paid: Paid, Average $15/hour
Location: Burbank, CA- Disney Studio Lot
Notoriety: 10/10
Competitive Ranking: 10/10 (Summer), 8/10 (Fall/Spring)
Perks: Disneyland Admission, Part of the Walt Disney Company
Application Process: Apply on Disney (3-4 Months Before Start), Phone Interview with Disney Casting, Video Interview or In-Person Interview, Phone Call from Casting with Offer, New Hire Paperwork Online+ Background Check

Unpaid/ Paid: Paid, Average Unknown
Location: Universal City, CA - Universal Studios Lot / New York, NY
Notoriety: 10/10
Competitive Ranking: 10/10 (Summer), 9/10 (Fall/Spring)
Perks: On a very busy studio lot= productions + celebrities
Application Process: Apply on NBCUniversal, Email to take a Recorded Web Interview, Email that Resume has been forwarded, Phone Interview, Email Offer, New Hire Paperwork

Unpaid/ Paid: Paid, Average Unknown
Location: Studio City or Santa Monica, CA- CBS Studios/ New York, NY
Notoriety: 10/10
Competitive Ranking: 9/10 (Summer), 8/10 (Fall/Spring)
Perks: Top Network
Application Process: Apply on, Unknown

Viacom (Home of Nick, MTV, Comedy Central, ect.)
Unpaid/ Paid: Paid, Average $10
Location: Santa Monica, CA/ Burbank, CA/ New York, NY
Notoriety: 9/10
Competitive Ranking: 9/10 (Summer), 9/10 (Fall/Spring)
Perks: Very diverse programming opportunities
Application Process: Apply on Viacom Careers or sometimes on Entertainment Careers, Email, In-person interview, Phone call offer

Unpaid/ Paid: Paid, Average Unknown
Location: Culver City, CA/ New York, NY
Notoriety: 8/10
Competitive Ranking: 9/10 (Summer), 9/10 (Fall/Spring)
Perks: Very specific placement of Interns. Comedy/Drama development.
Application Process: Apply on, Unknown

Unpaid/ Paid: Paid, Average $11

Location: LA, CA
Notoriety: 9/10
Competitive Ranking: 8/10 (Summer), 7/10 (Fall/Spring)
Perks:A major network.
Application Process: Apply in one posting on Fox Careers, Unknown

TimeWarner (HBO, CNN, Turner)
Unpaid/ Paid: Paid, Average Unknown

Location: Santa Monica, CA/ New York, NY
Notoriety: 9/10
Competitive Ranking: 9/10 (Summer), 8/10 (Fall/Spring)
Perks:Very notable and respected in the industry.
Application Process: Apply at Time Warner, Unknown

Unpaid (with a good intern track record and educational setting):
New Regency (Notability: 7/10)
Blacklight  (Notability: 5/10)
 Circle of Confusion (Notability: 5/10)
Dreamworks (Notability: 8/10)
 Paramount (Notability: 6/10)

If you have had a great internship, comment or email

Looking for an internship?
Entertainment Careers- Industry standard site. However, bad internships are not vetted. 
The Hollywood Temp Diaries: Industry job list. Scroll to the bottom for internships. Bad internships are not vetted.


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