Thursday, January 30, 2014

Rock That Interview: What Do I Bring?

So you got that interview? Congrats! Now the job is yours for the taking if you just follow the advice of our brand-new section "Rock That Interview"! 


You've figured out what to wear, what to say, and which question to ask. 

Now you have one more thing to worry about, what should you bring into the interview room? 

Not to fear! The Hollywood Intern Diaries is here!

Okay, so I know in every day life you may carry around your keys, your student id, your wallet, and who knows what else is at the bottom of your backpack or purse. In an interview, simplicity is key. The last thing you want to do at the start of your interview is have to switch your giant bag or backpack over to the other side to shake the interviewers hand. 

As a general rule, woman should carry a smaller bag with a wallet, cell phone (on silent), and personal items. Men (or woman with large pockets) are generally expected to carry either a briefcase or to carry their items in their pockets. However, since we are college-aged and applying to the semi-formal Hollywood industry, a briefcase is not recommended.

Here's the list:

  1. A Small Bag 
  2. Directions: Google Maps isn't that reliable- especially in LA. 
  3. Extra Copies of Your Resume (1 for every anticipated interviewer & 1 for you)
  4. List of those questions you so carefully crafted.
  5. A Nice Folder or Leather Portfolio: To store any paper you are given as well as your resume
  6. Car Keys
  7. Wallet
  8. A Working Pen: In case you need to sign something.
  9. A Notebook: Write down the interviewer's name! It shows that you are taking this seriously and it will help for the follow-up email.
  10. Phone: You really don't need it. It is also consider to be unprofessional if you are on your phone while waiting for the interview. If you can, leave it in the car.
  11. Business Cards: If you have them. If not, you may want to invest. There are tons of cheap ones, your college campus may even offer printing services. 
  12. OPTIONAL: Extra copies of your cover letter, application (if applicable), references. 
What not to bring:
  1. Makeup: What's more unprofessional than checking your makeup in the waiting room?
  2. Laptop (Unless specifically told to)
  3. Giant Bag/ Briefcase (See Above)
  4. Food/ Drink
  5. Earphones
  6. Distracting Jewelry
  7. Gum
  8. A Portfolio of Unrelated Work, Writing Sample
  9. Your parents (seriously, this happens) or your friends.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Agency Internships: If You Dare

So you want an internship at an agency?

You are ready to be brutalized, yelled at, and formed into the perfect (ruthless) entertainment professional?

Yes? Good for you!

Agency internships are hard. At times it may even seem like you're banging your head on a brick wall. However, they are a great addition to your resume, allow you into a huge networking network (UTA job list, anyone?), and agency experience is the #1 requirement of industry-related jobs. Might as well start now, right?

If you are sure, I mean really sure, that an agency internship is for you- here's the deal:


CAA
Interns accepted = 10
Time of Internship = Summer
Interns will spend the first week of the internship in the mailroom. The remaining time will be spent working on projects with their assigned department. Interns will also be able to participate in a variety of programs and events throughout the internship. 

PAID
Contact = internships@caa.comWebsite = www.caa.com


Candidates must meet one of the following eligibility requirements: 
-Undergraduate students currently in their junior or senior year, as well as current graduate students 
-Recent graduates who received their degree within six months of the start of the internship 


Application Process: Submit your resume along with your responses to the following questions to internships@caa.com. Your responses should not exceed 2 pages. Completed applications must be submitted by October 7, 2013. Qualified applicants will be contacted with further instructions. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 
Application questions 
1. What is your location preference: Los Angeles, New York or Nashville? 
2. Have you previously applied for employment with CAA? 
3. How did you hear about the CAA Internship Program, and what attracted you to it? 
4. Describe how an internship at CAA will help you achieve your career goals. 
5. Which of your personal and professional experiences will help you succeed in our program? 
6. In order of preference, please indicate and explain the three (3) CAA divisions in which you would like to work. (Please note: placement in one of your preferred choices is not guaranteed and is subject to availability.) 
  • DIVISIONS: 
  •  Business Development (LA) 
  •  Corporate Communications / Public Relations (LA) 
  •  Endorsements (LA/NY) 
  •  Entertainment Marketing (LA/NY) 
  •  Film Finance (LA) 
  •  Lifestyles/Licensing: Brand Coverage (LA) 
  •  Lifestyles/Licensing: Multicultural (LA) 
  •  Lifestyles/Licensing: Talent (LA) 
  •  Motion Picture Literary (LA) 
  •  Motion Picture Talent (LA) 
  •  Music (LA/NY/NASH) 
  •  Speakers (LA) 
  •  Sports Representation/Endorsements (LA/NY) 
  •  Sports Sales (NY) 
  •  Television: Alternative (LA/NY) 
  •  Television: Scripted (LA) 
  •  Theatre (NY) 


ICM
Interns accepted = 4
Time of Internship =summer, spring , fall
Contact = careersca@icmtalent.com
Website = www.icmtalent.com
United Talent Agency
Interns accepted = 16
Time of Internship = summer
Contact = hr@unitedtalent.com
Website = www.unitedtalent.com

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Hollywood Intern Totem Pole


See where you stand and what internships you best qualify for.

This is designed so people with no experience don't waste their time applying for ABC/NBC with their lengthy applications. Instead they can apply to 10 entertainmentcareers production company internships within that same time span!

However, People skip stages all the time! This is only a guideline based on how reputable each internship/ job is in general to hiring managers. Remember, each hiring manager wants something different!

Note: Add Washington D.C. Congressional Internship to "Internet Companies/ Fashion/ Publicity". 

Rock That Interview: The Dreaded Question Question

So you got that interview? Congrats! Now the job is yours for the taking if you just follow the advice of our brand-new section "Rock That Interview"! 


We've all been there. The interview is winding down, the interviewer is glancing at his watch, nothing else to say, so he asks "Do you have any questions?"

It's so easy to just say "No." Then the interview is over, go home, and wait to find out if the rest of your interview was impressive enough for them to offer you the internship.

I cannot stress this enough, DO NOT DO THIS. 

Asking questions accomplishes so much by doing so little. For starters, it shows that you are serious about the internship you're applying to. Also, if you ask the right questions, it makes the employers think about you seriously in the context of the internship. 

Every other question in the interview is about you and your past experience. This is THE ONLY TIME in which you can show your interest in this particular internship.

Don't know which questions to ask? No problem!

Here's my handy dandy guide!
Ask Questions About:
1. Duties: What are your duties? Examples of past projects done by interns? Assuming the interviewer hasn't told you already. I mean, don't you want to know? Hopefully they don't say getting coffee or doing runs.
2. Working Hours: What hours you will be working? When will you start? Is there an orientation?
3. Typical Day: What your typical day will be like?
4. Parking: Where will you park? Is it free? Trust me, if you're in LA, you'll want to know where you're suppose to park: Street/ Parking Garage/ Private Lot. 
5. (If Development Internship) Coverage: How long is the expected coverage supposed to be? Could be anywhere from 1-6 pages. You don't want to be at the 6 page place. 
6. Supervisor: Who will be your supervisor? It's likely the interviewer, but not necessarily. 
7. School Credit: Will I be able to get school credit?
8. Next Steps: When will you be notified? Is there another interview after this?
9.Netflix: I'm serious! They will ask you about what your favorite shows are (please mention House of Cards and Orange is the New Black!), ask them about themselves! Have a conversation! You both love TV/Film, what better touch off point?

Bonus: If you know of another department that is closely related to the department to which you are applying, one that you wish to assist and learn more about, tell the interviewer (e.g. Development and Production). It shows dedication, a knowledge of the company, and a broad interest in learning about the film industry. 

Try and prepare you're questions before you go, even print them off and review as you wait!
It seems silly, but it helps a lot- I swear!

Below are my questions I prepared for my interview at MTV News (I was offered the Internship):

1.     What is the typical day for an intern like? What’s the schedule like?
2.     What are some examples of projects I would be working on or that interns have worked on in the past?
3.     Is there interaction with other departments at MTV? Such as Unscripted Development for instance.
4.     What have past interns gone on to do?
5.     Who would be my manager?
6.     Will I be able to get school credit?
7.     What is the next step? When do you think you’ll be making the decision?


SStay tuned for more Rock That Interview columns! 


Monday, January 27, 2014

The Best Of Entertainment Careers Internships: January 20th- January 26th


Still looking for a Spring 2014 internship?

In semi-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. 

For the Production Peeps
Acquisitions/Production Intern    The Weinstein Company- Beverly HillsCA 1/22 PAID
Internship                                   Of Like Mind Productions- Sherman OaksCA 1/22

Post-Production Nerds
Post-Production Intern      Bagg Street Productions- Los Angeles, CA   1/22

For the PR Social Media Star
Entertainment PR Intern      Jolson Creative Pr Group- LA, CA 1/22

For the Aspiring Composer and Music Lover
Internship with Composer    Pickford Studios- LA, CA 1/21 
Music Marketing Intern   Abbot Monroe- Sherman Oaks, CA 1/21 

For the Law School Guy/Girl
Legal Intern              Eclipse Law Corporation- Beverly Hills, CA 1/22

For the Person Who Loves Development and Production Equally
Development and Production Intern      The Cartel- Hollywood, CA 1/21

Have a listing to add? Email hollywoodinterndiaries@gmail.com or comment below. 

Application Season: SUMMER 2014 Internships Apps Open

This year the majority of the Studio Applications are due FEBRUARY 28th!

Not all of the summer internship applications are open yet, but the majority are!



List of the Biggest and Most Notable Summer Internship Applications (Updated 2/2/14)

1. ABC/ ESPN/ Walt Disney Studios, apply at DisneyCareers.com
    Most coveted Internships: ABC Development/Production
    Internships to Consider: ABC Casting, Good Morning America Production

2. NBCUniversal , apply at NBCUniversal Careers

    Most coveted Internships:: NBC Development 
    Internships to Consider: E! News

3. A&E/ History Channel/ Lifetime , apply at AE Networks
    Most coveted Internships:: A&E Drama Development 
    Internships to Consider: History Programming

4. Discovery, apply at Corporate.Discovery.com

   Most coveted Internships:: Alternative Programing (Reality) Development, "General"
   Internships to Consider: Digital Media

5.Fox/ FX, apply at Fox Careers
   Apply to FOX LA Internships Program. 

6. Conan, apply at TeamCoco

   Most coveted Internships:: Production Interns, 
   Internships to Consider: Script Interns, Casting Interns, Control Room Interns

7. HBO, apply at TimeWarner (Need a 1 page essay detailing why you want to work for HBO)

    Most coveted Internships:Media Production & Operations 
   Internships to Consider: Business Affairs

8. Paramount Pictures, apply at Paramount Careers

   Most coveted Internships: Creative Affairs, Physical Production
   Internships to Consider: Insurge, Television

9. Viacom, apply at Viacom Careers


 Most coveted Internships: Physical Production
   Internships to Consider: Business Affairs



10. CAA, apply by emailing internships@caa.com with responses to these questions (no more than 2 pages) + resume.
Application questions 
1. What is your location preference: Los Angeles, New York or Nashville? 
2. Have you previously applied for employment with CAA? 
3. How did you hear about the CAA Internship Program, and what attracted you to it? 
4. Describe how an internship at CAA will help you achieve your career goals. 
5. Which of your personal and professional experiences will help you succeed in our program? 
6. In order of preference, please indicate and explain the three (3) CAA divisions in which you would like to work. (Please note: placement in one of your preferred choices is not guaranteed and is subject to availability.) 

 Business Development (LA) 
 Corporate Communications / Public Relations (LA) 
 Endorsements (LA/NY) 
 Entertainment Marketing (LA/NY) 
 Film Finance (LA) 
 Lifestyles/Licensing: Brand Coverage (LA) 
 Lifestyles/Licensing: Multicultural (LA) 
 Lifestyles/Licensing: Talent (LA) 
 Motion Picture Literary (LA) 
 Motion Picture Talent (LA) 
 Music (LA/NY/NASH) 
 Speakers (LA) 
 Sports Representation/Endorsements (LA/NY) 
 Sports Sales (NY) 
 Television: Alternative (LA/NY) 
 Television: Scripted (LA) 
 Theatre (NY) 






Still looking out for postings from Sony, CBS, and Viacom. Stay tuned. 

Craft the Quickest, Simplest, and Most Effective Cover Letter

When you think of Cover Letters, you probably think of something like this:
A little bit of advice: Do not send something like this.
Why? 
  • It is an outdated format (an address, really?)
  • It's lengthy.
  • Takes a long time to write (you're applying to 10 internships, right?)
  • Not easily adaptable. 
Are you ready for a cover letter format that will BLOW YOUR MIND and Get You That Interview?
Introducing a modern, tailored, and simplistic cover letter. I call it the Bullet-Proof Cover Letter. 
Basically all you have to do is check the job requirements, write them in bold, and say concisely why you can fit those requirements. It's a hiring manager's dream. 

Foolproof Format:
Salutations- "Hello, Hi"

Paragraph 1: "My name is Jane Doe and I am currently a junior at University Name. I am enclosing a copy of my resume in your search for a Fall/Spring/Summer semester (what Division you want to be considered for: Development/ Production/Digital Media) at Company Name. In order to save some of your valuable time, I have provided a comparison of the job requirements listed on Website Posted On with my qualifications. 

Paragraph 2: Qualification Listed on Posting (Script Coverage Experience/ Production Experience)
Hint: Always put most important qualification first, one tailored to the division you want to be considered for. 

Paragraph 3: Office Experience or Other Qualification on Posting
Hint: Always include programing knowledge here (Adobe Photoshop, Mac/Windows)

Paragraph 4: Other Qualification on Positing (Less Important: Have Car, ect.)

Paragraph 5: College Student + GPA + Can You Receive School Credit?
Hint: Most Unpaid Internships nowadays make you receive school credit. If you have graduated, you may be able to reopen your account to receive the credit. Contact your Registrar office for info.

Paragraph 6: Availability (Day to Start, Day to End, Hours Available)
Hint: Try and tailor this to the positing on the website. Be honest!

Paragraph 7: Thank them for their time, Restate which internship/division you are applying for, How this Internship will help you in the long run, and how to contact you (email, phone number, website). 

Best,
Name
Phone Number

Which Qualification's Should I include? 
Example PostingThe Sheldon Prosnit Agency represents its below-the-line clients across its Motion Picture, Television, Commercial and Music Video Departments. This is an unpaid internship, however, a small stipend will be provided. School credit is available. Must be computer literate; should know Word and Excel on Mac computers. Must have a positive attitude, excellent work ethic and some office-related experience. Please send all resumes in PDF format.
Paragraphs: Agency Experience (if applicable), College Credit, Office-Experience, Computer Programs Known (Word/ Excel/ Mac)


Best of luck! Now go apply, apply, apply!


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Find the Perfect Film School

With all the lists out there, from Hollywood Reporter to THR, it can be hard to determine just what school is right for you with the confusing "ranking" aside. After all, the paragraph included is just a list of highlights considered to earn them this ranking. What do these film schools really excel in? What sets them apart?


The College Degree: The schools below all offer you the benefit of a college degree. This means you will be required to take other liberal arts classes in English, Science, and (maybe even) math. You can also double major in a fall back or at least minor to learn more about the world. UNDERGRAD centered.



The Most Notable: University of Southern California- LA, CA
One of the first, the top of every list, and a well-rounded college (party) experience.
-Perks: Notable alumni and the top of its class in notability. 
-Failure: No "Business" Classes.
-Major to Take: Film and Television Production, Writing for Film and Television
-Major to Consider: Interactive Media and Games
-Major to Avoid: Critical Studies

The Most On Set Experience: Chapman University- Orange, CA
An up and coming film school in Orange County, Chapman students make over 200 films every semester. You can get on set your first weekend and by sophomore year be working on the Key Crew.
-Perks: Filmmaker in Residence Program, Tons of Scholarships, Production Heavy Coursework
-Failure: Quantity does not always equal quality. 
-Major to Take: Film Production
-Major to Consider: Television and Broadcast Journalism (Narrative TV Emphasis), Creative Producing
-Major to Avoid: Film Studies, Screenwriting

Home of the Interns: Loyola Marymount University- LA, CA
While the coursework prevents it from a top 10 list, its proximity to LA makes it many production companies first choice for interns.
-Perks: Proximity to LA, Alumni Network 
-Failure: Liberal Arts Systems leads to a lot of Random Classes (such as in Religion)
-Major to Take: Production
-Major to Consider: Screenwriting, Recording Arts
-Major to Avoid: Animation

The Former Thespians and the TV Lovers: Emerson College- Boston, MA
Emerson, a communication school, is full of former theatre kids and everyone even a little artsy in between. It's no surprise Emerson classes focus on the medium of Television and are just a little more indie than its competitors.
-Perks: Creativity Focused, New LA "Study Abroad" Program and Center, Lots of COOL Majors
-Failure: Lack of Film-Centric Classes, Students focus on other things than just Film
-Major to Take: Writing for Film and Television  Studio TV Production, Film
-Major to Consider: Experimental Media Production, Directing Narrative Fiction,
-Major to Avoid: Media Studies

For the (Rich) "Serious" Filmmakers: New York University
With a catalog that hasn't changed in years, New York is all about Theory and applying it to production.
-Perks: Notable Alumni, High Ranking, Best of New York
-Failure: Run-down Facilities compared to Chapman/USC/Loyola Marymount
-Major to Take: Film Production (Seriously..that's it). 
-Major to Avoid: Dramatic Writing (Theatre based)

For the Person Who Likes to Bid Their Time: UCLA
You can't start your studies until your sophomore year, which leaves you far behind other film schools in terms of production experience and internships. EDIT: This is apparently changing, however the first 2 years you have to focus on General Education Requirements. However, location is sublime and they films produced are of a high quality (not quantity).
-Perks: Notability, Alumni,
-Consider: Together with Theatre
-Failure: Only 3 years of experience when graduate, Expensive for Non-Cali Residents
-Major to Take: Film (That's all folks)


IN THE NEXT ISSUE of "Find the Perfect Film School"- The Certificate: 
Not going to earn you respect from your parents. However, these schools are so respected it might not even matter- unless you choose another career.


The Best of Entertainment Careers Internships: Holiday Addition




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. 

For the Indie Cinema Obsessive 
Arena Cinema Intern    Voltaire Media- Los Angeles, CA 12/31 (PAID)

For the Well Rounded Intern
Studio Marketing Intern    Kmr International- Laguna Hills, CA 12/31

For the Nightmare Before Christmas Fans
VFX, Stop Motion, & Marketing Intern  Infinistory-Pasadena,CA 12/31

For the Audio Nerds (Super Rare!)
Audio Intern Post Production and Music  Tri Coast Audio- Culver City, CA 12/30

Holy Reality TV
Development Intern   Collective Reality-LA, CA 12/26

New York Classical Music Snobs
Administrative Intern  The Pangean Orchestra- New York City 12/24