Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Common Mistakes You Can Make On Facebook

You've heard it before, employers, colleges, even internship coordinators, look at your Facebook.

Having hired interns at a Production Company, I can attest that this is VERY TRUE. Not only did we look at you Facebook, we had to write if we noticed anything strange or if you seemed like a normal person.

Your resume and cover letter may be flawless, but if you have Sailor Moon as your profile picture we might NOT want to work with you every day. Ditto if you have weed and drinks all over your profile.

Keep that in mind next time you are tagged in a billion party pictures. It's great that you party, we love that and we get it. Just, make sure that's not all your profile says.

Here's the 7 Things That Shouldn't Be On Your Facebook:
1. Talking About Applying/Interviewing at Other Companies
     What Should Be: Your Current Job and University Listed

2. A Profile Picture That Isn't a Picture Of You (Sorority Event Icon, A Anime Character, A Weed Leaf, A Catflish Model, A TV Character, etc.)
    What Should Be: A Nice Picture of You

3. Shirt-less/ Cleavage/ Nudity
    What Should Be: Keep it Classy, don't even post links to NSFW content and think twice before the bikini post. 

4. A Weird Cover Photo: (Anime, Sorority Things, etc.)
   What Should Be: Your friends or a pretty picture. 

5. Weed: A lot of creative people in the industry smoke weed. We don't want to hire them either for office work.
 What Should Be: Pictures of your friends, school, instagrams. Normal things. 

6. Ditto for lots and lots of alcohol.
What Should Be: Ditto.

7. Status that say a variation of I hate my teacher, my co-worker, my ex-boyfriend, my boss. Try to avoid that.
What Should Be: Status that show how awesome you are!

Remember, we did not only check Facebooks. Twitter, Instagram  Youtube, and Linkedin are all fair game!

You've been warned!
Happy application season.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Your Hollywood Education

When you go into an interview, chances are the interviewer is going to ask you what your favorite movie/TV show is- of course you'd hopefully say something that's critically acclaimed. However, that's just the start!

In every internship in the industry there is an unspoken requirement: you have to know about the industry! That includes the major players (hello Spielberg), the blockbuster movies in pre-production (Avengers 2), and what is happening every day. 

Below is your reading/ watching list, yes just like second grade. These are the major things everyone is talking about in Hollywood- RIGHT NOW. And you should form an opinion about them too BEFORE you head to your interview.

    • Oscar Winners: 
      • Her, 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club
    • Indie Picks: Sundance loves,  Spectacular Now, Nebraska
    • The Avengers 2
    • Veronica Mars
    • Star Wars
  • TV- 
    • Orange is the New Black
    • House of Cards
    • 30 Rock and Parks and Rec (Especially in TV)
    • Anything on HBO
    • Ellen
    • The Tonight Show and Seth Myers (SNL)
    • Funny or Die
    • Deadline
    • The Hollywood Temp Diaries
    • Buzzfeed- 
      • The Top Quizzes, Breaking News

Saturday, March 15, 2014

MARCH: The Make It or Break It Month

You may emerge from March with an awesome internship or empty-handed. 

This is the Make it Break it month for Summer. 

Postings, Screening interviews, applications close, in-person interviews, and decisions are all (mostly) happening in this month.

The one thing I can urge you not to do is WAIT. Be proactive! Send follow up emails, network with your current internship peeps, use Linkedin, or even apply to other internships you're interested in (such as the ones on Entertainment Careers).

DO NOT WAIT for an internship to be dropped in your lap. Summer is the most competitive time and you don't want to be the one at the end of April still trying to find an internship. It's stressful and unavoidable.

Another thing, if you are offered an internship: GREAT! But is it the internship you really want? If it's not and you are still waiting to hear from a position that better suits you, ask to postpone your decision. Tell the hiring manager that you really want to work with them, but you would like to think it over. Being an intern (especially a paid intern) is a job.

On that note, try not to accept multiple internships as it does make you look bad to a potential employer.

Here's the (Unverified) Timetable for the Main Internships:
1. ABC- Screening call: End of March, Interview: April, Offer: End of April, Early May
2. NBCUniversal- Online Interview: March, In-person Interview: March/April. Offer: Early April
3. COHAN- Skype/In-Person Interview: NOW (March), Offer: End of March
4. DISCOVERY- Online Interview: February, Next steps: End of March
5. VIACOM- Rolling (Online, then in person, then Offer)- By April

Internships Still Accepting Resumes: 
1. Entertainment Careers Postings!
2. NBCUniversal
3. CBS
4. Lionsgate
5. Sony
6. New Regency
© No Experience Required Maira Gall.