How To Use Internet Movie Database

Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is a popular user-generated website about movies, television or documentaries.  Basically, if something has been caught on film, it'll be listed somewhere on IMDb.  Keep in mind that since this is a user-generated site, it is similar to Wikipedia in that anyone can write and edit content.  However, like Wikipedia, the IMDb community keeps an eye out for mischief-makers.

For Fans

Let's say that you are a Johnny Cash fan.  How would you use Internet Movie Database?  You know that he has been on television, but you do not remember the names of the shows.  All you have to do is type Johnny's name into the search bar at the very top of the screen.  To the left of that is a drop-down menu asking for specific categories to narrow the search down a bit - but you do not have to choose a category when using Internet Movie Database.  You can just leave it at "All".  Then you click on the button that says "Go".

The results show that there are two actors named Johnny Cash in the database.  This is where the fun begins.  You can click on the Johnny you want and then you get to see that he was a busy boy in television over his 50 plus year career.  Although you were only looking for his television appearances, you can also get information on his music that has appeared in soundtracks.  You can then click on any title and find detailed information on fellow cast members, crew, date originally aired and any memorable lines or bits of trivia from those television episodes.

For Professionals

Using Internet Movie Database is a little different for professionals in the entertainment industry, since they can use a paid service called IMDbPro in order to post resumes.  Of course, they can also post their own biographical information on the public domain area of IMDb and help correct any errors they find.  This is a great way to not only keep in touch with fans, but to network with industry professionals.

In order to add a resume, scroll down to the bottom of any page on IMDb.  There usually is a button that says "Add Resume".  You can also add recent publicity photos.  This is a paid service at about $2.50 (US) a month - but since IMDb gets tremendous traffic, it's worth the cost.  The resume and photo service gets you web space on IMDb, where you can build your own page.  Be sure you have everything saved on your word processing program just in case IMDb crashes.


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