Get the Job in the Entertainment Industry: A Practical Guide for Designers, Technicians and Stage Managers. Looking for a job, especially when you are newly entering the job market, can be daunting. How do you take the skills and experience acquired through study and present them to prospective employers in the arts industry?
Where does your search begin and what should you consider as you plan your future career steps? What is expected in a design portfolio and what should you expect in an interview? This book provides straightforward strategies and practical exercises to turn anxiety into excitement and help you develop the job search skills and materials that will empower you to go after the job you want and get it.
If you are about to graduate or just ready to make a change, this book will teach you how to plan for your career in the entertainment industry and put your best professional persona forward when applying for jobs. Topics include resumes, cover letters, business cards and portfolios that will get you moved to the top of the pile; what to expect at an interview and how to answer any interview question; the how and why of negotiating for your worth; long term career planning, financial implications and much more.
Filled with practical advice, examples of letters, resumes, CVs and portfolios, and with guidance from industry professionals, you will be equipped to plan and succeed in your job search and career development in the entertainment industry. Kristina Tollefson, a member of United Scenic Artists, has an MFA from Purdue University and is a Resident Costume and Makeup Designer in the Department of Theatre at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, USA. IntroductionChapter 1: Owning Your Own Business. Yes, this does apply to you. Chapter 2: Where Are You Going and How Will You Get There?Is Graduate School Right For You? Staff PositionsJobs in Academia: Faculty vs. Staff, Tenure and PromotionWhat else can you do with a Theatre Degree? Finding Job OpeningsLong-Term PlanningFiguring Out What you Need and What You WantNetworking and Mentors Chapter 3: Creating Your Marketing Materials and Establishing Your Professional PersonaProfessional EmailChoosing a FontLetterhead and Business CardsManaging your online personaChapter 4: Resumes and Curriculum VitaeThe differences between a resume and a CVWhat resume style is best for my purposes?
What should I include on my resume? ReferencesLayout optionsHow long should my resume be? Summary of Tips and Tricks for Resumes and CVsChapter 5: Cover Letters and Other CorrespondenceFormal cover letters and informal emailsWhat goes in my cover letter? Formatting your formal cover letterLetters of RecommendationSummary of Tips and Tricks for Written CorrespondenceChapter 6: PortfoliosChoosing what to include: General GuidelinesChoosing what to include: Breakdown by SpecialtyPhysical Portfolios: Selecting your casePhysical Portfolios: Planning your Layout and OrderPhysical Portfolios: The Construction processPhysical Portfolios: Supplemental MaterialsDigital Portfolios: Format OptionsDigital Portfolios: What you need to know to create your websiteDigital Portfolios: Planning your websiteDigital Portfolios: Digital MaterialsDigital Portfolios: Writing Your BioSummary of Tips and Tricks for Physical PortfoliosSummary of Tips and Tricks for Digital Portfolios and Websites Chapter 7: The InterviewWhat to expect at an interviewPersonal Appearance and First ImpressionsWhat makes a good answer to an interview question?Practice Interview Questions Remember to interview themIllegal Interview QuestionsPortfolio PresentationsFollow upPhone InterviewsVideo InterviewsAcademic InterviewsInformational InterviewsDining EtiquetteChapter 8: Financial ConsiderationsSetting Your FeesNegotiatingAccepting the Job Offer... Where was this book 30 years ago? Kristina gives sound advice to those entering the entertainment industry and many tips for the experienced.
An easy and informative read. Provides strategies and activities to help secure employment in the entertainment industry as a designer, technician, or stage manager.
This book contains numerous sample exercises, sample forms and portfolios alongside advice from industry professionals. Directly addresses the hidden fears, nagging voices, and burning questions related to securing employment in backstage roles in the entertainment industry. Short Title Get the Job in the Entertainment Industry. Subtitle A Practical Guide for Designers, Technicians and Stage Managers.
Country of Publication United Kingdom. Illustrations 50 illus (2x16pp colour plates).
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