Thursday, July 31, 2014

Advice from an OWN Recruiter: Get an HR Approved Resume

The first in a 3-part series, a recruiter from cable channel OWN and Discovery Communications, tells us all of her secret advice for how to score internship and entry level jobs in the entertainment industry.



Your Resume

Resumes are you first impression, tagline, elevator speech, and food in the door. They are not a novel, cheer, artwork, or a rough draft.  


Recruiters take an average of 5 seconds to scan your resume to determine if you are qualified and relevant. Qualified means you are a college grad (or in college for internships) and  basic admin skills. To be relevant consider your location, company brand names, and your work history. Those are all things the recruiters at any many studio look for.


What Shouldn’t Be On Your Resume:

Resumes should not have any lies. In fact, you should be able to talk for 5 mins about EVERYTHING at your resume. Do no list irrelevant acronyms, don’t assume everyone knows what you’re talking about (especially in HR). Do not have narrative paragraphs, unless you are applying for a writing gig. She suggest using bullet points instead. [Note from Austin: I disagree, as long as it’s less than a sentence and using commas you should be good!]. Other no no’s: “references available upon request (duh)”, photographs, inappropriate info (birth date, religion, race, address), or typos.



The Should’s

Your resume must showcase a clean format (see our Etsy store for some cool examples), industry language, relevant work history (DON’T PUT EVERYTHING), and targeted qualifications for the job posting. You should tailor at least four things for every job posting, this can be skills, qualifications, or the creation of an “objective” section.

The Objective Section

The objection section can be called anything you want profile, summary, career goals, etc. It’s basically just 2 sentences at the top of your resume that tell recruiters why they should want to interview you. It’s an opening statement, basically. You can tell your relevant skills and strengths, just as long as you don’t rehash your already listed work history!

[Note from Austin: This is similar to what we do in our cover letter how-to, here. Just shorter]. To see which skills to highlight, you can use the venn diagram method- your skills against the job position requirements.


Applying for Internships and Jobs

It can be hard to tailor your resume for every position, therefore it’s best to apply for 10 you really care about! Kind of like college applications, a couple safeties (Conan), a couple reaches (ABC, CAA), and mid-range target companies (Maker).Throwing out 50 non-tailored resumes won’t do you any favors, especially if you apply to multiple positions at the same company.  It will also be very disheartening.


Accomplishments v.s. Duties

She also states to make sure you use bullets that illustrate your accomplishments, what you brought to the job, versus your standard admin duties (i.e. rolling calls, filing). For instance instead of “I answered phone calls” try “I created a new office-wide system for logging calls.” See! Doesn’t that just sound better!


Company First

Another amazing tip she had is to put your COMPANY NAME FIRST.  If you’re like me, you’re entire resume is “Intern, Intern, Intern, Intern” when you read it, since the position is listed first. However, switch it around, and my brand name companies are front and center! Perfect for entry level job searches.


For Those Lacking in Experience

She also has some tips for those that don’t have strong resumes: “If you can’t make it strong, don’t make it wrong.” She says it’s okay to have a list of core qualifications or a short list of classes (blendable with your IT skills). However, these things should disappear once you have real work experience!


Spice It Up With Personality

You can also add one or two personal things on your resume that set you apart (i.e. Ran a Triathlon). This gives the recruiter a sense of who you are. However, don’t use “Hiking” or stereotypical past times. You can also use humor! But keep it light, small, and depending on the job posting.


For business and legal, your summary is one of the only places you can be creative. However, the more creative the job and industry, the more creative your resume can be.[Note from Austin: I mean have you SEEN our Etsy shop!]. However, be sure you can read it across the room and that it’s clean. No graphic design resumes (i.e. Resume porn) needed!


Production Experience

If you are applying for a production-adjacent internship, production experience can go at the bottom of your work history or in it’s own separate section. Do not put them together! Like vinegar and water they don’t mix!


Finish Strong!

Always send as a PDF, not a word! Formatting changes, editing power, and you could accidentally send the red lined one! Ek! Your title should be FirstName_LastName_Resume_Year. Do not send as “Resume” or “AustinResumeUpdated382929292”.


And remember, always attach your resume on follow up emails.
Be on the look out for the second/ third installments in this series, cover letters and interviews!


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

INTERNSHIP POSTING: Valhalla Entertainment

Happy Wednesday ya'll!

We've got a brand new internship posting sent to us by the awesome production company of Valhalla Entertainment. They have a GREAT internship program and are super supportive of their former interns, check this webpage if you don't believe me. 


Public Relations Intern Needed!

Public Relations Intern needed at Valhalla Entertainment. We are the production company of "The Walking Dead", but we have new series and film projects in development. You would work directly under our Director of Publicity learning about marketing, press releases, social media, and event coordination. Photoshop is a must. We host lunches and field trips where interns can interact with industry professionals. Must receive college credit. Send cover letters and resumes to lm@valhallaent.com
 

Check them out and be sure to apply if it interests you!

Need help applying ----> Click here, duh. 



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The Elevator Pitch They'll Need to Hear


Your personal brand. It’s something mentioned a lot…but how important is it really?
Creating your personal brand is in a sense you finding out how to sell yourself to the recruiters or anyone in general. How do I make someone interested enough to want to learn more about me in 30 – 60 seconds?

Everyone needs an elevator pitch. That quick speech you can use to let people know who you are, what you do, and what you wish to accomplish. Simple as that. Don’t make it too long because you only have a couple seconds before someone makes a judgment on whether they want to get to know you further or if they’ll pass over you and move on to the next person.

Here’s a few steps on creating your personal brand:
            1. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Always know what you’re good at and what you can use some improvement in. You don’t have to list this to the person you’re talking to, in fact you shouldn’t. Instead, just keep it in your mind. It’s often one of the most asked interview questions, right behind “Why do you want to work for our company?” and “What do you want to get out of your internship?” Be sure you are able to back up any claims that you make. People often ask what would be an example of you using the skills that you bring up.

2. What are your values?
Essentially, what do you stand for? Do you value giving back to the community? Do you value family and friends more than work? Remember, these are the things that you believe in and will stand by. You should never choose values based on what you think would be attractive to others or recruiters.


3. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
What do you want to do? If you don’t know what exactly you do…and don’t worry, many of us don’t, figure out what you don’t want to do in the meantime and try and narrow down the possibilities. Use your internships as a way to explore different areas and get exposed to as many different departments as possible. As you start seeing more of the industry, you get a better sense of what you think would suit you the best and what maybe isn’t in line with your dreams. This is the one question that can constantly change as we grow and learn more about ourselves and what we want.
If one the other hand, you’re one of those lucky people who know exactly what they aspire to be, make sure you mention it briefly as you introduce yourself. Do not focus your introduction entirely on that though. Remember, an introduction is still more about who you are now.


Put snippets of your answers to the questions above and there’s your brand or elevator pitch. And lastly, remember, always start out with you name, school, and major (for those students out there) and keep your pitch short, sweet, and to the point!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Tinder Paradox: Dating in LA

Dating in LA is as notorious as any other major city. Maybe even more so due to the large amount of young single professionals (hello, silicon valley), fellow college kids, and the sudden increase of online dating apps. There's also the little fact that if you are on the east side and your sweetie lives on the west side, or god-forbid the OC, it's pretty much a long distance relationship. 

Availability aside, like other major cities and college campuses, a hook up culture predominates. Maybe it's the fact that LA is at its core a drinking city, or that there's a celebrity sighting every day, or that swiping right on an iPhone app can get you a date for the night. Regardless, most of LA's interns and young professionals aren't really looking for a relationship that will require going to the movies an hour early, going to Hollywood Bowl concerts, and sitting in traffic during rush hour for dinner reservations.

 However, if a relationship is really what you are searching for, there are ways the LA dating operates. Just remember, you're only here for 3-4 months- so don't get too ahead of yourself. Most people here don't start settling down till their late 20's, and some never do. 

I went ahead and did a survey of some of my fellow interns. Almost of of them were on Tinder, this fancy app where you swipe right if you like how someone looks. A handful were on OkCupid, the web's free daiting website. Some had met people in some of LA's bars, see I told you this was a drinking city! Tip from my of age friend: Use Uber to get there and never go to a Hollywood or West Hollywood bar. And one, yes just one, met someone on one of our numerous internship events. So love is real. 

If you need more info on what Tinder is and how it's slightly creepy and according to my fellow interns, not exactly effective, see below: 

The point is, you only have a couple months in this city. I would actually reccommend focusing on making friends to explore the city with rather than sitting in the same coffee shop meeting a different guy from Tinder each night. But really, that's up to you. 

You do you.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rock That Interview: Nonverbal Communication

    According to almost every communication studies class I have taken, nonverbal behaviors take up about 93 percent of our communication with each other. That says a lot about the importance of being aware of the messages your body and voice are giving off. In this edition of “Rock that Interview” we look at the different types of nonverbal behaviors and what messages they could send off.


1. Facial Expressions

Let’s start with the easiest to be aware of. Facial expressions are the emotions you wear on your face. Be alert during your interview and look like you actually want to be there. It also would not hurt to smile. It makes the interaction much warmer, more comfortable, and can also alter your mood positively. However, remember to commit to the smile. Do not go halfway and just smile with your mouth. Smile with your eyes as well. Your eyes are just as important as they can say more about your emotions than your mouth can ever.

2. Oculesics

In relation to your facial expressions, oculesics are also important in showing emotion with your face. Oculesics deals with the movement in your eyes. The most simple way to make sure your eyes do not go astray is to keep eye contact with your interviewer. It shows that you are listening to what they have to say. Our eyes tend to move when we talk, so be aware and remember to keep them at the direction of the interviewer, not the ceiling, not the floor, and not the window to your side. Constant eye movement can give off signs of insincerity and nervousness.

3. Gestures

Gestures, like hand gestures, are used enhance the meaning of what you are trying to say without using words. Something important that my speech and public speaking classes have taught me is that gestures should be used sparingly and if they do not add anything to what you are saying, then they should not be done. However, hand gestures can help the flow of the conversation, so they are not necessarily useless. You just have to know when to use them and how to use them naturally. Practice some of your answers beforehand and try to be in control of how your hands move. Also remember to keep calm and make sure your gestures do not become too exaggerated.

4. Paralanguage

Paralanguage deals with the different elements of your voice. For example: tone, pitch, volume, and inflection. Even the way you say your answers to questions can affect the message behind the words. Say your answers with conviction, and confidence. A little shakiness in your voice and a little raise in your pitch can show uncertainty in your answers. Word emphasis is also important. Be aware of which words you give emphasis to, as it can also change the meaning.

For example, try to say each sentence while putting emphasis on the bolded word:
I never said your internships were bad.”
“I NEVER said your internships were bad.”
“I never SAID your internships were bad.”
“I never said YOUR internships were bad.”
“I never said your INTERNSHIPS were bad.”
“I never said your internships WERE bad.”
“I never said your internships were BAD.”

5. Proxemics

Proxemics deal with the space or distance between the parties of communication. In sit down interviews this is not a big concern. However, some interviewers may want take you on a tour of the facilities and this is where proxemics come into play. Get too close and you’ll be invading the interviewer’s space. Get too distant and you’ll appear afraid and uncomfortable. If your interviewer is taking the lead, be close enough behind him to where the interviewer can hear your voice, but far enough to be able to not make contact with him/her when he/she stops to show you something. If you are walking side by side, just make sure to stay in your walking lane and not run into others walking in the opposite direction. Also make sure not to awkwardly make hand contact with your interviewer as if you were on a first date.

6. Olfactics

Olfactics deal with your smell. Smell will not necessarily change the messages of what you say, but it can change the impression of how your interviewers see you. The age old tip is to not do too much. Strong and overpowering colognes, perfumes, and deodorants can bother the most sensitive of noses. Opt out for warmer smells and save the axe spray for the club. (Actually, don’t use it there either).


As said earlier, nonverbal communication take up a majority of communication with others. Even in silence we are communicating. From the way we move our body and face to the way our eyes move. Nonverbal communication may be difficult to grasp at first, but mastering your body movements under pressure will definitely help with your presence and the influence you have on others. It is good not only for interviews, but also for life. Now go on and rock that interview!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

When You Don't Get The Internship


Chances are you may strike out with finding an internship. No matter how many times you apply, it's still an awful fearing to hear no (trust me, I've been there). While it's very easy to berate yourself and bang your head against the wall, there are better ways to bounce back from a rejection.


1. Failure is normal. 

Many successful people have faced multiple failures and rejections before becoming successful. A simple Google search on the topic brings up many famous names who've failed, including Steven Spielberg (who was rejected twice by USC's film school), Oprah Winfrey (who was fired from a Baltimore TV station for being too "emotionally involved" with her stories), and Bill Gates (who created a company called Traf-O-Data that failed before he started Microsoft).

In the case of applying for internships, realize that it's a numbers game. You won't get all your internships, but all you need is one yes. Just one. It can be elusive and very hard to find, but it's out there. You just can't let rejection stop you.


2. Ask why you didn't get the internship.

If you can, ask for constructive criticism. While intimidating to ask, I've found certain firms are more than happy to provide feedback (and in some cases it may have just come down to experience). Not only will it show the firm you are able to take criticism, it will make you a stronger applicant the next time you apply.

3. Keep your interviewer's information.

Just because you've been rejected doesn't mean you should lose sight of the company and your interviewer. Stay in touch wherever possible, particularly if you're re-applying.

4. Work retail.

While not exactly in the realm of the entertainment biz, working a retail job will provide you with a host of skills that will come in the industry, including working under pressure and customer service (both essential skills when working as in the industry as assistants). I can personally attest to this as I worked at my local Staples store this past summer. With the summer being a time for back-to-school sales, I was constantly assisting customers, such as helping them find items, checking them out (as a cashier, mind you), or trying to solve an issue that was making them unhappy. While it can be a trying experience working with customers, I certainly had fun.

Hopefully these tips provide you some solace in rejection. Just remember that Rome wasn't built in a day, and your career isn't either, so don't place tons of stress on yourself.


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Daily Battle that is LA Traffic




You know how in some movies there are fates worse than death? What if I told you that fate would be stuck in LA traffic for the rest of your life? *shudder*

LA traffic is notoriously awful, especially when the President comes to town. It seems no matter how early or late you leave, there's traffic. Carpool can be helpful, but in some cases it can be just as slow as the rest of traffic!

With that in mind, here are a few tips:

1. The early bird catches the worm.


While it's painful to do as a college student that goes to bed late, waking up early is the best way to ensure you get to work on time and deal with the least amount of traffic (plus if you get to your internship early you can nap in your car). For my trips from Orange to Beverly Hills/West Hollywood, I would usually wake up at 5 AM and be in my car at 6:15.

That being said, I've found that sometimes leaving a few minutes early can change my commute drastically. Case in point: Around 7 AM the northbound side of the 405 between LAX and Santa Monica Boulevard turns into a parking lot. In one case, I left Orange around 6 AM and instead avoided the parking lot completely.

Some internships do have flexible hours, so always ask if you can come in a bit later and stay a bit later.

2. Sigalert.

While many are familiar with Google Maps and Waze (which I have a love-hate relationship with), there is also a website/smartphone app called Sigalert which tracks freeway traffic across LA. It even has traffic cameras so you can see slow areas too.

3. Radio.

                                        














In addition to the top 40 stations around LA where Iggy Azalea gives a daily proclamation of her fanciness, there are some other radio stations that might interest you, including:

KSPN 710 AM: Sports programming through ESPN Radio.

KNX 1070 AM: Plays news on a constant loop. Every ten minutes on the fives (i.e. :05, :15, :25), there are traffic and weather reports.

KPCC 89.9 FM: An NPR affiliate, KPCC produces a heavy amount of news and LA current affairs programming.

KCRW 89.9 FM: While KCRW is also an NPR affiliate with news and LA current affairs programming (both KPCC and KCRW play Morning Edition and All Things Considered from NPR), KCRW is a music lover's dream. At 9 AM, KCRW's morning music show Morning Becomes Eclectic comes on, where host Jason Bentley plays music from a host of different artists (read: I don't know who any of these people are but they sound amazing). Another DJ, Garth Trinidad, comes on at 8 PM to play some more music.

KCRW also has a host of other programs,including some programs about food, travel, and the entertainment industry (see below).

Both KPCC and KCRW are free of commercials, although you may want to not listen during pledge drive when they ask for donations to run the station (not that you shouldn't donate, but hearing donation pleas every five minutes can get very annoying after a while, especially when you're a broke student driving to an unpaid internship).

KROQ 106.7 FM: Plays a ton of alternative/rock music, although it is commercial supported.

KRTH 101.1 FM: Oldies music. I dare you not to sing along when The Supremes come on.

4. Podcasts.

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If you're not a radio person, podcasts are also a great way to take your mind off traffic and driving, Some personal favorites of mine:


KCRW's The Treatment: Screenwriters, directors, and actors speak with KCRW's Elvis Mitchell about their projects.

KCRW's The Business: A weekly radio show about the comings-and-goings of the entertainment industry. Think of it as a less snarky Deadline, but for your ears.

Radiolab: A show that talks about unique topics in science.

This American Life: Part prose, part narrative, and part investigative research, This American Life chooses a theme each week and brings you stories on said theme.

Wait Wait Don't Tell Me: A quiz show that takes a humorous looks at the week's news.They also have a segment where they quiz famous people and various experts on dumb topics (i.e. Scarlett Johanseen was recently quizzed on a British sci-fi show called Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Jeff Bridges was quizzed on The Bridges of Madison County). 


5. Satellite Radio.

If you have the means to do so, consider SiriusXM satellite radio (disclaimer: I am a customer of theirs but I am in no means paid to mention them). They have a ton of genre-specific music stations (including decade-specific and EDM stations, as well as audio feeds of CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and the The Today Show).


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Everything You Say Can and Will Be Held Against You


We've all been told that humans are inherently good.

Whether it's throwing a few coins into the cup of a homeless man, or running an errand for someone even though you're beyond exhausted, we all try and go the extra mile when we can (and we should!)

In other situations, some things are more Quid Pro Pro. This idea of "I scratch your back if you scratch mine" can prove especially helpful in the HollyWorld, as countless articles before this one emphasize the importance of making connections and helping each other out. However, one extremely significant part of this ideology is keeping in mind the worth of your word.

At my current Hollywood internship, I'm in charge of hiring my replacement when my contract expires. Since networking within Chapman University, my school, has always proven worth my time, I headed straight for the "Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Connection Group" and posted that we were looking for interns. Out of the many responses that I received, I knew most people personally - but only found one to be capable of handling the job.

This is where it gets tricky. Suppose you were in a similar situation, and you had to pick between two good friends for a position even though only one is qualified. Realize that recommending a candidate to your boss holdsyou accountable for the outcome. There is a lot of worth in your word. Never blindly recommend a friend or someone who has done you a favor simply because you feel the need to. When it comes to the competitive entertainment industry, your boss and colleagues are looking for candidates who truly know what they're doing. Sure, there's always some behind-the-curtain nepotism, and knowing the right people can get you pretty far. But if your coordinator or supervisor asks you for an honest opinion of a friend, think of them as any other candidate, or it could jeopardize your image in the future. 

Unfortunately, I learned this golden nugget the hard way. After recommending a good friend for a job I had last year, my boss pushed his application to the top of the interview list. Not 30 seconds after my friend left the office, I received a text from my superior: "That was a joke, right?"

Whoops.

On the other hand, this past summer when reviewing resumes for my current position, I came across a girl I knew personally but didn't particularly admire. She wasn't always nice to me, but knowing how motivated and accomplished she was, I knew she'd be a pretty solid fit and able to meet the demands of the internship. I told my boss as much, albeit with a warning that her personality didn't mesh well with mine, and she made it to the final interview round before getting dumped. Still, I felt happy that I'd been honest and recommended her instead of trashing her immediately based on a previous negative experience.

All in all, don't brush off your opinion as something that isn't taken seriously, because it is. Supervisors ask for your opinion for a reason, and only want any recommendations you have to give if they are sincere. Don't run the risk of tarnishing your reputation - be honest and it'll pay off. 

-Tansu

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

FIND A FALL INTERNSHIP: The Best of Entertainment Careers Internships: July 12-19

Still looking for a Fall 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
Production Intern                                Creative Compound- LA 7/18

Theatre Lovers in NYC
Art Leadership Intern      The Drama League of New York- New York City   7/18 STIPEND

For the Ones Not Afraid to Get Their Hands Dirty
Production and Development Intern  Endless Media- Santa Monica CA 7/18

Calling All Future Publicists  

Publicity Intern                             Maxine Leonard PR- LA, CA 7/16 
Publicity Intern                                PS Media Talent- LA, CA 7/16

For the Blogger and Digital Media Enthusiasts 
Talent Management             Digital Brand Architects - LA, CA 8/17 PAID
Digital Media Intern              Producers Guild of America East- New York City 8/16 SUBWAY STIPEND (Best of the Week) 


The Blacklist 

In this new feature. we evaluate the worst listings of the week. Use caution if you choose to apply, you may end up as unpaid thankless assistants. Coffee please? 


Have a listing to add? Email hollywoodinterndiaries@gmail.com or comment below. 
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Calling All Musicans: The Ever Changing Music Industry


Introduction    

 Times are changing and our world is moving faster than ever. The different industries in Hollywood are starting to look more and more different every year as each business evolves with the flow of society. We here at Hollywood Intern Diaries want to keep you all updated on the know hows on how to get careers in the entertainment field. The first industry I will explore in this installment is the music industry. I interviewed many different, and very talented bands/artists that are fighting to get into the industry in order to see if they any tips to pass on for this blog to give to you all.

Zero to Viral    

    With the evolution of music technology and the internet, the face of this industry has changed rapidly. Artists can go from zero to viral in one night, but that also means that the market has become over-saturated with aspiring artists and the amount of competition has increased. The business has also changed. Before even signing with a record company you have to already have a solid following and a good repertoire of songs, then they will consider you. However, technology has risen the bar to almost an unreachable height. It is difficult to captivate audiences and gain fans with improper equipment for live sets and sub-par recordings of your own music. I interviewed, Brandon Miranda, lead singer of the band Mountain East, who is currently recording their own EP, on this sentiment and here’s what he had to say on the topic:
“It used to be that when you start a band you record a demo and gig and build a following that way. but now we are realizing it is the reverse; you have to make a great recording (either an EP or a demo) and push it all over the internet to get a following.”

Zero to Viral 

Along with that, it cost a lot of money to even scratch the surface of the business. Miranda recommends getting as close to the industry as possible when looking for a job as it not only offers the money you need, but it also offers experience and knowledge in the business.
“There’s always a singer out there who wants to be recorded so I've been  offering to write for them. On top of that I've just been taking jobs that expose me to an environment where I can learn: recording, engineering, teaching, and I have even been working for a church's music department which has been super fun as it's connected me to a lot of older musicians that have been doing it for years.”


What To Do? 

So if you are an aspiring artist looking move to Hollywood, be on the lookout for the plethora of music jobs out there. Also keep your eye on the listings we post on this sight as we do look through want ads and post the what we see as the most beneficial jobs and internships out there in the entertainment industry, including music. Singer songwriter, Joe Leone, who just released his single, “Freckles”, recommends to never take a day off.
“Never take a day off from the pursuit. And as far as jobs, any job can help you further yourself. There's not a single place you can't network.”
It is unfortunate, but you do need money to fuel this dream. Fresh off a tour in NorCal, Armand Lance, lead singer of Blue Eyed Lucy, says to take all of these opportunities whether it is playing a show, or going to support another friends’ concert. You never know who will stop by with a gig to offer.
“I've done paid gigs in LA that got me no where and have gone to watch buddy's bands play and gotten show opportunities and the opportunity to record a song in a studio for free as part of a compilation.”
Like Leone, Lance also highlights the importance of community and having a strong network that can help you along the way. (Check out “Networking for Dummies” for tips on this). Music is about collaboration and having all the help you can get from a community that supports and shares your endeavors is extremely important in anything that you do.


Self-Confidence 

    Self-confidence is also a must in this industry. Image contributes a lot to how employers think of you or your band. One image to not carry is timidness. Jordan Kleinman, lead guitar player of Jubilo Drive put in his two cents about this topic.
“Self confidence is key, if you know your music is good enough to play in front of people, then you have to believe in yourself when trying to spread it otherwise no one is going to care.”
If you do not care about yourself, then you cannot expect everyone else to care either. The image is extremely important and having a constant presence for your audience. Rising star, Niki Black perfectly words this sentiment.
“Connect with your friends and family first, and then start reaching out to fans. It all starts somewhere, so keep everyone in the loop. Make sure you have a good social media presence so you look like you're constantly up keeping your career and represent yourself well.”

The Conclusion

 As our culture changes and as our generation takes over the population, these industries will continue to change and new obstacles appear. Continue to be on the look out for the different jobs and internships Hollywood has to offer in your industry. Utilize these tips well and keep on inching your way into the business. Take every opportunity you can get. The music business can be cruel, but keep aiming high because the journey and the destination will be all worth it and Hollywood rewards those who work for what they want.  

Look out for our other posts as we explore the film, tv, and fashion industries. 


-Renz
   

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