Starting a career in television and film will require determination and focus. One of the most valuable qualities you’ll need along with solid internships is a passion for a subject that can be content for television programming. That’s where you’re major and a liberal arts education comes in. Make sure you are taking full advantage of opportunities to get experience on campus. Start working at BCN or join Sketch Comedy or another group that shoots and edits video. Join the Film Society and get comfortable talking about the creative and business aspect of TV and film.
Each year the Hollywood Reporter, one of the two leading entertainment industry, trade publications, picks a list of 35 up and coming executives under 35. On this year’s list is Dana Borowitz Spector, Bowdoin class of 2008. Read all the bios! They suggest there are a number of ways into the business. One thing many of these people have in common is having done time at a talent agency. Read: Next Gen 2017 Hollywood’s Up-and-Coming Execs 35 and Under
Salary varies widely depending on role, education level, and location. Here is a sample of 2016 median salaries from the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor:
- Broadcast or Sound Engineering Technician: $42,550
- Film/Video Editor: $62,760
- Camera Operator: $55,080
- Reporter/Correspondent: $37,820
- Writer: $61,240
- Producer/Director: $70,950
NBC Universal Careers: This site includes internships, management training programs and entry level jobs at NBC, Universal Pictures, and cable networks like USA Network, Bravo, Sci-Fi Channel, Telemundo Network & Stations, Universal Studios Tours and more.
Time Warner Careers: This site includes internships, management training programs and entry level jobs at AOL, Home Box Office, TBS, TNT, CNN and Warner Bros. Films and TV, and more.
Viacom: This site includes internships, management training programs and entry level jobs at MTV Network, Paramount Pictures, BET, and VH-1.
Walt Disney and Affiliated Companies: This site includes internships, management training programs, and entry level jobs at Disney/ABC Television Group, Disney Interactive Media Group, Disney Theatrical Group, Disneyland Resort, ESPN, The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney World Resort, Pixar, Marvel and more. Believe me there’s a lot here!
- Disney/ABC offers a one-year writing program to applicants 21 years of age and above. From self-branding to creating new writing samples, the goal is to present Disney│ABC Television Group (DATG) executives and producers with viable writing candidates who will make invaluable contributions in a writers’ room. Website: http://www.abctalentdevelopment.com/writing_program.html
CBS Corporation: This site includes internships, management training programs, and entry level jobs at CBS Television, CBS Paramount Television, CBS Television Distribution, Showtime, CBS Radio, Simon & Schuster.
CBS Writers Mentoring Program: CBS offers a six-month Writers Mentoring Program to provide access and opportunities for talented and motivated diverse writers. The goal of the program is to positively impact the presence of diverse writers throughout the industry. Aspiring diverse writers with a strong desire to write for CBS television series are encouraged to apply. You must be 21 or older to be eligible.
Director’s Guild of America (DGA) Assistant Director Training Program: The New York Assistant Director Training Program is designed to provide opportunities for a limited number of individuals to become Assistant Directors in Film, Film Television & Commercial production. This is a two year program consisting of up to 350 days of on-the-job training combined with seminars and special assignments.
Emma Bowen Foundation – Internships for Minorities in Media: The Foundation was created in 1989 to prepare minority youth for careers in the media industry. The Foundation’s program is unlike traditional intern programs in that students work for partner companies during summers and school breaks from the summer following their senior year in high school until they graduate from college. During the four-year program, students have an opportunity to learn many aspects of corporate operations and develop company-specific skills. Corporations have an opportunity to train and mentor students with the option of full-time employment upon completion of their college degrees.
Women and Hollywood: Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry. The site was founded in 2007 by Melissa Silverstein.
International Radio and Television Society: RTS offers some great summer internships in broadcasting, cable, advertising, and interactive media and broadcast sales which Bowdoin students have successfully secured in the past.
Massachusetts Broadcasters Association: Search for entry level jobs and internships.
- Academy of Television Arts and Sciences: The only major organization devoted to the television and broadband screen entertainment industry.
- Variety: Recognized and respected throughout the world of show business, Variety is a leading source of entertainment news. You’ll find timely, credible and straight-forward news and analysis on the entertainment industry. Read on-line as regularly as possible.
- HollywoodReporter: The Hollywood Reporter is another source for those who want to keep up with the latest news in the entertainment business. You can read it on-line free of charge. Make sure you check out their jobs section.
- Indiewire: The leading news, information, and networking site for independent-minded filmmakers, the industry and moviegoers alike.
- Independent Film Project: IFP has evolved into the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, and also the premier advocate for them. Currently, IFP represents a network of 10,000 filmmakers in New York City and around the world.
- International Radio and Television Society: The IRTS Foundation provides a common forum for anyone interested in the communications industry
- CPB Jobline: This site provides one stop that will allow you to search for jobs and internships at PBS and National Public Radio (NPR) and at PBS and NPR radio and TV stations across the country. Also included are organizations such as Public Radio International (PRI) that distribute radio shows like The World and This American Life.
- Directors Guild, Assistant Directors Training Program: The mission of the Directors Guild–Producer Training Plan is to provide motion picture and television industry training. The Assistant Directors Training Program recruits a diverse group of applicants from across the United States and provides selected candidates with education, training and paid experience in professional settings, facilitating their development into successful AD’s.
- Writer’s Guild of America: The Writers Guild of America is a labor union composed of the thousands of writers who write the television shows, movies, news programs, documentaries, animation, videogames and new media content that keep audiences constantly entertained and informed.
- TVandRadioJobs.com: I think their name covers it.
- Mandy.com: International film and TV jobs resource.
- National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations: The members of NASBA are the managers and chief executives of state broadcast trade associations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. NASBA created this site to enable job-seekers to find jobs in the field of broadcasting, and to allow member radio and TV stations to post their job openings at a central location.
- New York Women in Communications: New York Women in Communications empowers women in all communications disciplines to reach their full potential by promoting their professional growth and inspiring them to achieve and share their successes in the rapidly changing world of communications. Their purpose is to strengthen the role of women in all communications professions. This site is a great source of internships in Advertising, Multimedia, Books, Newspapers, Corporate Communications, Photography, Film/TV Public Relations, Radio, Fund-Raising/Development, Graphics/Illustration, Sales/Marketing, Internet/New Media Special Events and Magazines/Publishing.