Monday, May 26, 2014

POST GRAD: A List of the Most Famous Writing Fellowships

So you want to be a TV Writer? There are a ton of programs that studios have created for discovering new talent. These applications are due throughout the year.

Most of these programs are half a year or a year long and include workshops, representation, an inclusion in WGAW (the writer's union), and the possibility of being staffed on a show at the end of the program. They are also PAID, averaging $50,000 a year.

This could be your big BREAK!

Requirements: Most require a spec script (or two), an orginal pilot, a resume (production/development experience wanted), a short bio, and often recommendations from people in the industry.

  • 1. CBS Diversity (March 3-May 1st): 
    • App, Letter of Interest, Work Resume/Bio, One Spec Script, And One Orginal Work of Writing, Submission Release form- MAIL. 
    • 6 month program. Career development program/ networking opportunity, unpaid. Get two mentors (show and an executive). 
    • "The focus of this six month program is on opening doors: providing opportunities to build relationships with network executives and show runners; to support new and emerging writers in their efforts to improve their craft; and to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to break in and succeed."

  • 2. Disney ABC Writing Program (May 5th- June 13th):
    •  Must be 21 to apply, App, Bio, Resume, 2 Letters of Rec, One Spec, One Orginal Pilot, Submission Release- MAIL
    • 1 year program to staff on a DATG . Writing Development, paid $50,000 annually. You will be staffed on a DATG series as a staff writer. You also are provided acess to execs, workshops, etc. 
  • 3. Disney Channel Storytellers (March-End of April):
    • Two 30min comedy examples (one must be original), Bio -submitted by Agent/Manager
    • 3 Writers will be selected: Must already have professional representation! 
    • 20 Week Writer Intensive for Half-hour Comedy for Tweens. Pilot consideration, not staffing! Salary of $77,000.
  • 4. NBC Universal Writers On the Verge (May 1st-May 30th): 
    • Spec Script, Application, Short Essays, Release form
    • 12 Weeks long, 2 Night Classes a Week. Writers work on creating writing samples, meet execs, and may be staffed on a NBC show at the end of the program. 
  • 5. Universal Picture's Emerging Writers Fellowship (September 3rd-End of October): 
    • Orginal Feature lenght script (must be Comedy/ Romantic Comedy, Action, Adventure, Thriller, Sci-Fi), Resume, Legal Release form, App, Two letters of Rec from Industry Professionals, 2 Essays/ Statement of Purpose. SUBMIT ONLINE. 
    • THIS IS THE ONLY PROGRAM FOR MOVIES! 5 people will be choosen. 11 month-long program. 65,000 salary.
  • 6. NBC Universal Late Night Writer's Workshop (Jan 10-24)
    • 1-2 pages of topical monolouge jokes, 1-2 pages of 'desk bits', 2 SNL Sketches, App, Release form, One letter of rec. 
    • NYC Based- Workshops + Improv + Keynote Speakers. Create new sketch material. May gain writing assignments on late night/alternative programs at end of program. 
  • 7. Warner Brothers Writer's Workshop (May 1st-May 31st)
    • Writing Sample, Current Resume, Essay, Application Fee ($30), Submission Agreement
    • Lectures, Simulated Writer's Room, Staffing on a Warner Brother's Show. Runs October- March with meetings every Tuesday. 
    • "Every year, the Workshop selects up to 10 participants out of almost 2,000 submissions and exposes them to Warner Bros. Television’s top writers and executives, all with the ultimate goal of earning them a staff position on a Warner Bros. produced television show"
  • 8. FOX Writer's Intensive (Late September- October)
    • NOMINATION ONLY. "These ORGANIZATIONS, as well as AGENCIES AND MANAGEMENT companies, have been invited to nominate up to five (5) writers affiliated with their organization, or respective agency/management company, who are representative of the criteria required by FWI and who they believe will most benefit from participation in the initiative."
    • 2 Days a Week Jan-May Master classes with showrunners, directs, execs, etc. Feedback on scripts. Unpaid.



Thursday, May 22, 2014

POST GRAD: What do I do now? A list of opportunities for the Recent Graduate.

In honor of the new College graduates, we are exploring programs designed just for these recent grads to get their foot in the door of this connection-based industry.

Congrats on graduating by the way! Hopefully this list will get your parents and grandparents off your back about what "you're going to do now." 


1. NBC PAGE PROGRAM (LA/NY). An insitution in and of itself, the NBC Page Program is a highly competative program that will allow you to rotate through entry-level assigments throughout the company. LA is movie and tv based. NYC is broadcast tv based and you give studio tours. You also meet one on one with hiring managers and get TONS of professional development help. Like Hollywood Intern Diaries- but personalized! 
APPLY HERE. 
Note: Must have graduated college with a 3.2 GPA, 2+ internships, can work 6+ days a week. 

2. VIACOM ASSOCIATE PROGRAM (LA/NY). For those who are intrested in emerging technologies, digital media, marketing, product development, web design, and digital production. You will be employeed in a media-focused department in many companies MTV, Nick, Comedy Central, Spike, BET, Paramount, etc. It's a great way to get connections and learn a ton about Digital Media!
APPLICATION OPENS NOVEMBER, HERE. 

3. DISNEY ABC TELEVISON GROUP (LA/NY). Although not just for recent grads, as they have undergrad part time internships as well. Disney ABC also has some internships that are full time postions up to one year long (the average is a six month placement). Find some on Disney Careers. Posted in June-July. Parks Internships and Disney College Program are also avilable at Disneyland and Disney World, posted now! 

4. NBC NEXTEC PROGRAM (LA/NY). For all those broadcast engineers, operations and technology nerds, and people who just love technology and studio operations- this is the perfect program for you! A brand new two-year program APPLY HERE to be in the first class.  

5. NBC TIM RUSSERT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM (D.C). Described as a Political Journalism Boot Camp, this is awarded to ONE graduating senior persuing political jouralism. It is a year long placement in Meet the Press and the NBC News Political Unit. Requirement: 3.5 GPA, Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Communications, or Political Science. Also, need to write a 250 word essay. 
APPLY HERE. 

6. NBC NEWS ASSOCIATES PROGRAM (NY). A one year long postiton will give aspiring producers and journalists real world experience. APPLY HERE BEFORE MARCH 31st. Write an essay and several short answers, masters degrees okay!

7. CNN Video Journalist (Atlanta). A one year postion at CNN headquarters, for canidates persuing news editing, production, or journalism. APPLY HERE. 

8. Turner Trainee Team- t3 (Atlanta/ LA/NY). A 11-18 month program allowing hands on experience in Stategic Marketing, Public Relations, Interactive, Design and Production, etc. You can be placed at TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, CNN.com. APPLY HERE

For writing opportunities, another post will be comming soon (they accept applications throughtout the year). 


Learn How To Navigate the LA Freeway System


When deciding between Internships, keep in mind the location! As we say in LA, "Location, Location, Location!" 

It can take more than two hours to get across LA! Espically if you are comming from Orange County ,Long Beach, or the Valley. 

Here's the list of the easiest/ quickest places to get and intern in LA... and the worst.  Plus extra parking!

Easy
Burbank: Parking Easy
Glendale: Parking Easy
Los Feliz: Parking Easy
Long Beach: Parking Medium
Pasadena: Parking Medium

Medium
Anaheim: Parking Easy
Downtown LA/ Central LA: Parking Hard
Pomona: Parking Medium
East LA/ USC: Parking Medium

Hard
Santa Monica: Parking Hard
Hollywood: Parking Hard
Venice: Parking Hard
Sherman Oaks: Parking Medium 

Impossible
Beverly Hills (the 405 is under construction and Wilshire Blvd is Hell): Parking Hard
Westwood (ditto)/ UCLA: Parking Hard



Apply for Fall Internships Now! The Complete List of Applications.

One application season ends....another begins. It's the circle of life.

UPDATED: 6/24/14


MOST APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY JULY 18th! 

Want more info/ everything you need to apply....CLICK HERE. This includes resume tips, cover letter advice, interview how-to's, and even housing advice. 



This page will be updated when more applications are posted. I recommend bookmarking it. 

Most studio applications are due JULY 18th. I would reccomend applying now! 

Notes about FALL SEASON: Fall season is the least competative season! However, there are less internships in some departments of the major studios. Fall is a very exciting time, especially in TV Development (New Scripts!), Digital Media (New Shows!), Advertising (New Shows!), Programming, and Production! 


NBCUniversal Campus2Career Internship Program Fall 2014. 

APPLY West Coast (LA)
APPLY East Coast (New York City)

VIACOM Internship Program FALL 2014: 

-NEW YORK CITY LOCATION : Apply here for the General Application (most departments, except for listed below)

- MIAMI 
            -General Application

-CHICAGO (Ad, Sales, Marketing) LOCATION: Apply here for the General Application

-NASHVILLE (CMT): 
          -Fall 2014 (General)
          -SPRING 2015 ! (General)

-SANTA MONICA LOCATION: Apply here for the General Application (most departments, except for listed below)
       - Fall Legal Internships
       -Creative Music Licensing Internship 




Disney ABC Internship Program. FALL 2014. 


Disney ABC Internships (Publicity, News, Digital Media, Development, Programming, etc.) in New York, LA, Burbank, and Orlando. Find the internships here on Disney Careers.

Intrested in Disney Parks Internships in Anhiem, Orlando, and Burbank? Click here.

APPLY BY JULY 18th. 



SONY Internships. Fall 2014. NY/LA/CHICAGO


Spectrum Intern Fall 2014 listings here. There are internships in Corporate, IT, Televison Creative, Home Entertainment, Motion Picture, Acquistions, Fiance, Development, PR etc.

Fall 2014 Internships in Time Warner Properties (LA/ NY/ ATLANTA). 



*HBO has not been posted yet.


CONAN FALL 2014 Internships (due June 30th!)- LA

Apply here. 



FOX Internships. Fall 2014 (New York/ D.C.) 

FOX News College Associate- New York (Production/ Business/ Tech/ Editorial). Application here. 

FOX News College Associate- Washington D.C. (Production/ Editorial). Application here.


To stay updated: Bookmark our page, subscribe to our email list (on the sidebar, super easy), or follow us on our Facebook or Twitter pages. 


*Note: Discovery Communications does not offer internships Fall semester. Check back in October for Spring Internship postings. 

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Top 6 Studio Intern Programs


These are the first internships people think of when they decide they want a Hollywood Internship. It is not uncommon for a student to apply to all of them with little experience and never even get a "no thanks" note in reply. After months of waiting, these students are left without an internship wondering what went wrong. Trust me, I did this.

I cannot stress this enough...DO NOT DO THIS. If you take away one thing from this blog, it's not to apply to these studio intern programs if you do not already have at least one or two internships under your belt.

Again, DO NOT APPLY TO THESE INTERNSHIPS UNLESS YOU HAVE HAD ONE OR TWO RELATED ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY INTERNSHIPS.

If you don't have one or two related entertainment industry internships: please look on Entertainment Careers, your school's Careers Website, or email small production companies with a letter of interest. Do not waste your time applying to these programs on their websites. These studios are like Harvard as they use websites where they pull up certain attributes (i.e. past internship experience, gpa, ect.) and if you don't match they won't even consider you and your application (that took over an hour to complete) will be lost forever. Consider applying for affiliate stations (such as your local ABC news station) or smaller production companies in the department you wish to intern in. These are great ways to get your foot in the door and beat the terrible application process. 

That being said, each program has their own strengths. They are all great programs, but some let the interns get more out of it than others.

What to Expect:
1. It's a job...you will be filling out ALOT of new hire paperwork before you even start. These intern programs are all paid!
2. Some are full-time and prefer graduates or co-op students. Almost all require you to be at least a Junior in college.
3. Since they are paid. Sometimes your hours are limited to 20 hours a week, 30 hours a week, or the like.
4. Almost all have orientations.
5. Some have weekly intern lunches and socials. You are gonna want to go to these. However, you have to get approval from your supervisor to do so.
6. You will have projects to complete. Again, it's a job. You will be held to the same standards as other employers.

How to Get Hired: 
1. You get past the HR department using key terms.
2. You get on the list of people they want to interview.
3. HR interviews you on the phone.
4. HR emails your resume to the hiring supervisor of the department.
5. The department hiring supervisor sorts through and makes another shorter list.
6. The department hiring supervisor sends resumes to the immediate supervisor of the intern.
7. The immediate supervisor will sort through the resumes and decide who he likes the most.
8. He will then interview those canidates.
9. He will then decide on intuition, usually on one candidate.

So the moral of the story is.... you can have all the qualifications, get through two+ interviews and the entire process, and STILL not get the job! Just because the supervisor wanted to work wth another person more/ They might have thought they were more fun/professional/ detail oriented, ect.




Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Shared Experiences: Go the Extra Mile

This is a Guest Column. If you are intrested in sharing your experiences, please email us at hollywoodinterndiaries@gmail.com .


One of the best pieces of advice I received was from an assistant at a top agency. He told me to wash the dishes. At that moment I laughed out loud thinking yeah, sure, I graduated college just to end up washing everyones dishes. A few months later I started an internship at an A-list celebrity's production company. Behind the reception desk was a partition hiding a kitchen. You can't even imagine the number of coffee cups and dirty plates that ended up in that sink each day.

As an intern, you want to be remembered and set yourself apart from the others, in a good way. As I saw those dishes pile up, I remembered the assistant's advice and while the other interns fooled around on facebook and twitter waiting for a task, I went to work. As soon as something was set in the sink, I got up, washed it, and put it away so the kitchen never looked dirty. My efforts didn't go unnoticed. I quickly became the go-to intern for important tasks, and from there was often asked for my creative input. 

Washing the dishes and making sure the kitchen was always clean showed my bosses that I cared about the company's image. I made sure that when a client passed the kitchen on the way to the conference room, they saw a pristine kitchen, an effort to show they were in an office that would care about them in the same way. 

For my bosses, it showed I was a team player, keeping the company's best interest in mind. So future interns, remember an internship is not only about showing how smart you are, it's an opportunity to show what you are willing to do to get the job done. So, if there ends up being a kitchen in your office, DO THE DISHES! 

Friday, May 16, 2014

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Saying Goodbye: When An Internship Ends




In honor of many Spring internships ending and Summer internships beginning, let's talk about how to end your internship on a postive note.

Being an intern is awkward. You do tasks no one else wants to do, you are almost part of the team but not really, your job is only for a defined amount of time...the list goes on and on. Parting on the last day of your internship can be one of the most awakward parts. There's the gift question, baked goods sometimes, and maybe some hugs.

Thankfully, I've navigated serval types of internships and have LAST DAY PROTOCOL for all of them. Or at least tips, each internship and supervisor is unique so always use your best judgement. You know your internship better than we do!


Belvolved Supervisor + No Current Job Opening = Give a Small Personal Gift 
If your supervisor took the time to meet with you, ask about your career, read your scripts, and was pretty much a perfect boss/mentor, go ahead and get them a gift. I don't mean an extravagant gift, don't spend more than $15 or your hourly salary. It may be an awakward transition, but if it's something personal they will be very thankful and think about you everytime they see it (good for future emails and job openings).
Some gift suggestions:
1. A Frame (from T.J. Maxx or Big Lots) with a Printed (on photo paper) Image. For my past internship, I got my supervisor a frame with a print of an old airline photo since we had talked about old airlines- a shared intrest.
2. A Nice Candle
3. Something that's their favorites (i.e. Hot Sauce, or fave candy in a mason jar)

Beloved Supervisor + Current Job Opening= Hand-Written Thank You Note
Yes, if there is a current job opening you can appear brown nosing if you get your supervisor a gift. I would suggest mailing them or leaving a hand written thank you note on their desk. It's preofessional but sentimental.
If you want the job: Make sure you express your interest and how much you enjoyed your internship either during your farewell lunch or the week before as well as in the note. Also, ask for a reccomendation- it will give them time to reflect on how much good work you did.

No Real Direct Supervisor + A Team of People or Interns = Baked Goods
If you were more of a team or there was a lot of other interns, baked goods are always the way to go. Bring some on the final day and share!

An Aweful Experience= A Nice Handshake and an Email Follow Up
So you had a lastluster and unpleasant internship. I'm sorry! It happens to the best of us! Take the high road, you don't know who those people know and if it will effect you in the future. Smile, give your supervisor a handshake, and send an email in a couple weeks thanking them (for the postion on your resume) and letting them know what you've been up to. It's the best thing that you can do.


Always remember to get everyone's contact info. You never know when you will need to ask a question or see if they know anyone that's hiring.


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LOFT RESUMES is a fantastic resource for those that are graphically challenged or just want an amazing resume that stands out to employeers. It's also pretty resonably priced for that best resume I have ever seen (yes, even better than mine!). 

As I told you in my other resume posts, employeers in the entertainment industry are notorious for only looking at resumes for three seconds or less. They will then put you in the good pile, the maybe pile, or the reject pile. 

 That's where Loft Resumes comes in. For $99 dollars (the link above will get you a bit of a discount), some HUMAN graphic designers will take your resume and fit it into formats that highlight your skills, your personality, and your hiring potentinal. 

These resumes will GET YOU into the Maybe pile at least. Regardless of previous experience, skills, or connections. They really are that great. Here are some of my fave examples: 






















The $99 RESUME PACKAGE. You will get a PDF of your resume, an editable Word matching cover letter, and two resume revisons (in case of an update or customer unhappiness). Additional revisons can be purchased down the line for only $5! The resume will be sent to you within 3 business days and you can rush it if you like. 

This link will get you a discount: LOFT RESUMES

They also offer professional resume writing services, see their website for more information. 

Yes, $99 dollars seems like a lot to pay for a resume. But if you are not familar with graphic design programs, you are competing with other people that have these sorts of impressive resumes. 
Cost Breakdown (less important things you could be spending 99 dollars on):
50-100 Business Cards cost $60
Parking in an LA Apartment Building $70 (per month)
Personal Website Domain and Hosting for a Year $60-80 
4 Mid-Fancy Dinners $100

Remember, THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DOCUMENT IN YOUR LIFE (besides maybe your Passport). 

I urge you to check them out. They really are a great company. 




Thursday, May 15, 2014

LAST CHANCE FOR SUMMER INTERNSHIPS: The Best of Entertainment Careers May 8-15


Still looking for a Summer 2014 internship? Don't panic.

In this semi-weekly feature, here's the most promising postings of this past week. We go through them so you don't have to!  

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 Youtube Fan:
Production and Research Intern-Other Positions as well       Marker Studios  5/14 (June 5th deadline)

Broadcast/ News/ Non-fiction Lovers:
Community/Public Relations          CBS Televison Group KCBS2 5/13
Development Intern                  Greenlight Productions 5/12

Production Management and On Set Alert! 
Summer Production Intern           City Room Creative 5/13
On Set Production Intern             All in Films  5/9

For the Indie Theatre Buff
Arena Cinema Intern                  Voltaire Media 5/12 (mim wage after class hours)

Sales Sales Sales (learn the business)
Sales and Marketing Intern        KO Creative 5/12

The Future Devils- I mean Agents
Intern      Movie Mogul Inc  5/14 (Small Monthly STIPEND) 
Intern       Vanguard Management 5/13
Intern       The Beverly Agency 5/9

For the Red-Carpet Event Lover:
Intern       A-List Communications 5/14

The Music Man:
Summer Intern     Beets & Produce 5/14
Music Supervison  Cutting Edge Group 5/12




Sunday, May 11, 2014

We Have Fancy Flyers Now




We have fancy flyers now! If you want to print some out and hang them around your film school to spread the word about The Hollywood Intern Diaries, that would be great! Just email thehollywoodinterndiaries@gmail.com for pdf and half sheet files. 

Film Schools Currently Using Our Flyers: 
1. Emerson College
2. Chapman University
3. Yours Could Be Next!









Thursday, May 8, 2014

Do You Need Business Cards? Yes.


Okay...hear me out on this one. I know: "when's the last time you got a business card- 1990's?" "I could just enter it in my iPhone." I get it. Trust me. But there will come a time when you listen to a presentation by a really cool person, or need to follow up with someone, and they are heading for the door!

This is where business card's come in. Spoiler alert: it can take a while to find the perfect business card. Like a long while.

My Business Card Tips:

1. Order 50-100. You may have them for a while, but you don't want to order too many and have them become outdated before you use them.

2. Double Dip: Some business card companies like MOO allow you to customize the back of the card. This is awesome because you can put your entire portfolio on the back (production design, cine, photography, graphic design) or make half the pack a card for a completely different purpose! For instance, I have my traditional business card for half the pack and a business card for this website for the other half. It's cheaper than buying them separate!

3. Email and Website. These are the most important things on there. Don't skimp, make them bold and proud.

4. Matchy Matchy: It's not required, but your business card should match your resume and website. You can find templates that are likely similar at many of the business card printers online. At the very least, the colors should match. This may seem a bit intense, but it is all about maintaining a unified front to the employer.

5. AVOID VISTAPRINT. They are smaller than regular business cards, have an awful quality, and print ads on the back of their "free" business cards. We're going for professional here, not student.

6. Keep it Standard: Though squares, minicards, and circles may be fun, they are not professional and rarely fit in wallets. For our purpose I would suggest you stick with the classic, either in horizontal or vertical form.

7. Stand out: Choose a design that is colorful, modern, and easy to read. However, don't go over the top. Unless you are a photographer, do not use cameras in your design. Some examples below:















WHERE TO BUY: These will set you back about $40 on average, but you will likely have a pack for about 2-3 years if not longer.

The above examples are all from MOO.com, which is where I buy my business cards from. They have tons of designs, standard but good prices, and allow you to add different backs. 

Another site, if you are looking for more impressive designs and letterpress, is Minted. They are about $15-20 more than MOO, but their designs are too die for. They do lean towards being more girly though. Here is a couple examples of their work:

Many Career Development Centers offer cheap printing for business cards, so if you are a student be sure to look into that as well.



Now, go out and NETWORK!








Crazy Intern Tasks










So Buzzfeed just posted a post "What's The Most Ridiculous Thing You've Ever Done as an Intern". 

Here are some of the comments:
Personally, here's crazy things I had to do (and my friends had to do) as an entertainment industry intern:
1. Pet the six dogs/ Give them food/ Give them Water
2. Put exactly 6 bottles of a specific brand of mineral water in the fridge (every night)
3. Find a phone charger
4. Pre-set the GPS in his car
5. Go back and pay for a Starbucks my boss didn't pay for
6. Pick up my bosses medical records
7. Drive my 60-something boss to Hollywood Blvd with his 20 year old girlfriend (my age!)
8. Drop my boss's Israeli twin actresses (mistresses) off around UCLA, since they didn't have a car
9. Go to trader joes and pick up his son's favorite brand of beef jerky and shampoo
10. Buy laundry detergent

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Set Yourself Apart with a Personal Website (No HTML Needed)


Above you will see my website...it's pretty intense and it represents the BEST OF THE BEST Film industry intern websites.

Note: This is not expected. It is not mandatory like your resume or a well-written email cover letter. This is an investment in your future career, online presence, and professionalism. Below I will give you 3-tiers of ease in creating your own resume and some tools to do so (no HTML or GRAPHIC DESIGN KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED). 

Not convinced? According to Forbes, "56% of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website than any other personal branding tool—however, only 7% of job seekers actually have a personal website."

TIER 1: The "Everything" Website
Time Expectation: 6+ Hours
Wow Factor: 10
Helpfulness in Getting a Job: 9 (According to my boss at ABC, I got hired because of my website.)

Pages to Include (if Applicable): 
  1. Home Page (with Links to every social media/internet presence) and all your website pages
  2. About Page
  3. Resume 
  4. Writing Section: Writing Samples (even if just Copywriting), Writing Resume (if applicable)
  5. Production Section: Production Resume (ever been on set?), Portfolio of Set Speciality (i.e. Production Design, Lighting Design, Cine Reel)
  6. Graphic Design Portfolio (Increasingly valued skill)
  7. Any other examples of work: Web Design, Photography, Award Winning Art
  8. "Something Else" to Stand Out: Youtube Videos You Made, Story of your life, Documentaries you made
Always remember to link to everything, even if you reference another page of your resume. Include the link to your website in your Linkedin, Twitter, Resume, Cover letter, follow ups, and emails to employers. Pony up the money for a unique domain name, which should be a variation on your name. 

Websites to use to CREATE an "everything" website: Wix.com. Wix offers tons of templates to drag and drop elements-- no HTML required. I created my website on WIX. It's also free, though I would suggest paying to buy your own domain. Squarespace, is another website that is similar but more expensive. 



TIER 2: The Scrolling One Pager
Time Expectation: 2-3 Hours
Wow Factor: 5-8
Helpfulness in Getting a Job: 7+

One-page scrolling websites are on the RAGE. They are simple to make, include your resume, basic contact info, a bio, and one or two audio-visual elements. Although, you can take it a step further and add links to different sections and include an entire portfolio. An excellent example of this is Mohamed Nadjub's Personal Website. 

The industry leader in creating "one pagers" is Strikingly. It's free and again, no HTML. Another alternative is the $8 a month, Onepager. Workfolio is also a website created just for this very reason- personal websites. They offer plans at $10 a month that include your own domain. This is twice as expensive as Wix.com, but their sites are very impressive.




TIER 3: The "Blog" Website
Time Expectation: 2-4 Hours
Wow Factor: 5
Helpfulness in Getting a Job: 4 (+ if artistic job)

These websites are usually created using WordPress (html, sometimes) or Tumblr. However They function as a blog, but also provide links to Linkedin and illustrate some portfolio. 

Pros: You have a website. You already know how to build one on these platforms. Looks nice. Shows personality through blog posts.

Cons: Difficult to navigate. Common. Doesn't scream 'professional website.' 

Tips: Make sure you keep the blog posts to one topic or portfolio. Always include links. Create your own header with your own name. Attempt to stray from templates. 



TIER 4: The True One Pager
Time Expectation: >1 Hour
Wow Factor: 2-3
Helpfulness in Getting a Job: 3

These quick websites host a photo, a brief bio, and a host of links creating a landing page for your internet presence. These are particularly perfect for actors or as a quick starting website. 

CREATE using about.me. It's a free service and super simple. You could have a website in about 30 mins. 




Regardless, here is what to include in ANY Personal/Professional website you may create:
A focus. Don't put everything you have ever done down on your website. Try and think of it as an expansion of your resume. Contact information. “Leave off your home address and keep contact information more general–such as your name, e-mail and phone number,” Brooks says.
A professional headline. “This can be your job title or a more general description of the role you play or want to play, and it gives visitors a chance to remember you as the person who does X, as well as giving search engines more chances to display your site when people search for someone who does what you do.”
A brief bio. 
Your resume. 
Professional summary/objective. “A short, descriptive bio helps explain to visitors what you do and how you can help them."