How To Get Media Jobs

Getting into a media job takes some work, but with careful planning and a little sacrifice it can be done. The first step is to define your area of interest and start your search in that direction. Working with media is high-pressure employment when dealing with investors and time constraints, and not a job for the faint at heart. To muster the energy you will need, it's essential that you are interested in, and devoted to, your job. If producing is your ultimate goal, you will need to start at ground zero with a production company. Rather than seeking a broad range of production, you can try to find placement in the genre that motivates you most, whether that's documentaries, romantic comedies, horror films, or something else.

To locate production companies, check online for companies if you already know their names. If not, try the DVD department at, which will list the producers on each piece of work. Put together a cover letter indicating your interest, and a resume that features any production, acting, or film experience you have - if you don't have any, focus on positions that show your organizational skills.  Once you've made an application, be prepared to start out in a job below your skill level. Hollywood is a tightly-knitted niche and promotion comes from within. But with some hard work, you may find yourself moving up the ranks in record time.

Associate producers are often low-end fundraisers and paid strictly on commission. This job can be lucrative even with small production companies if there are funds for more than one project at a time. Media companies that advertise job openings for "fronters" are looking for sales people to contact new clients for their associate producers to close. This is an excellent opportunity to get your foot in the door. If you have chosen a well-funded production company, then may be able to move from project A to project B in succession without any layoff time.

For general media employment you may register with, which offers temporary employment on a per-project basis. Working in many states across the nation, they staff film, television, commercials, theater and music video crews. Pay is competitive and rehires are favored.

For media jobs in journalism, try for a roster of writing jobs and support services in the news arena. For an even broader range of journalism positions, try for opportunities in TV, radio, newspaper, wires, cable news and more.

If you have not found employment due to lack of experience, then the final option is to offer yourself as an intern. These positions are often in exchange for college credit and last only a few months. There are, however, abuses to this work system and you must be sure to keep the work for credit program to a minimal. If given the chance, a company may extend your internship beyond reasonable means; in this case, keep in mind that it's exploitation to work on a program for absolutely no compensation (whether it's college credit, directed on-the-job training - not just getting coffe - or an intern's stipend). Use wisdom and be persistent and everything will be okay.


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