When people think of the entertainment field, they immediately think of the glitz and glamor of the runway, the red carpet, and the movie premier. However, few people appreciate the vast business operations and logistics that go into making a movie or developing a television series. Indeed, young professionals who are interested in the entertainment field should consider using their practical skills in order to find a job.
While the industry needs talented actors and singers, they also need skilled business, technical, and logistical staff to keep it functioning. One of the most important aspects of the entertainment business comes from the business, financial, and legal departments. Movie studios and development firms need quality accountants in order to crunch the numbers and manage the large sums of pounds that go into entertainment projects. There is a need for funds management and financial professionals through studios and entertainment businesses, as the talent in the entertainment industry often invests in funds and other accounts promoted by the studio.
As well, individual agencies representing singers and actresses need lawyers, legal staff, and financial planners in order to help their clients avoid legal issues and invest their money wisely. Another important aspect of the entertainment industry is advertising and marketing. The ubiquitous commercials and magazine ads for movies and new music releases are put together by talented advertising professionals through entertainment firms. As well, marketing professionals are needed as liaisons between studios and advertisers. The rise in guerilla marketing and online promotions has meant a rise in the need for talented marketing and advertising professionals. Finally, there is a need for technical professionals in order to facilitate the creative designs we see in television shows and movies.
Set and costume designers combine their love of the artistic with the attention to detail needed in high budget projects. Camera people and those familiar with editing equipment make a movie possible. It can be tough for young professionals to make their way in the entertainment field.
After all, there are hundreds of thousands of young people from around the world that flock to studios in Europe, Asia, and the United States to fight for their chance. The best way for a talented professional to land a behind-the-scenes job in the entertainment industry is to work through a recruiting agency. Many studios, firms, and companies in entertainment work with agencies to find a steady stream of talented professionals. Professionals that want to gain the edge on their colleague and land their dream job in entertainment should work with a qualified recruiter.
Richard Taylor Edwards is the Managing Director of Talisman Executive, a specialist recruitment agency for construction careers and construction jobs in the UK and Europe.