Film, Television, and Media
Production, Sound, Animation, Distribution and Publicity
Film, television, media, and other related entertainment careers focus on the creation and distribution of content through radio, film, cable, online, and streaming services. Film, sound, and visual production includes areas such as:
- Story, creative development, writing and pre-production
- Set production, On-set subfields like camera, lighting, sound, electrical, and wardrobe
- Animation, digital and graphic arts
- Post-production and editing
In addition to production, there are also roles in content delivery (radio, television, online), distribution (streaming, DVD, and other mediums), publicity and advertising, and account management.
Finally, multimedia is utilized heavily in marketing and advertising, so many roles also exist within communications firms that develop for TV, radio, and online platforms.
Entertainment careers range broadly from the fully creative (like writing, acting, and directing) to the purely business (such as accounting, finance, casting, and HR). Those interested in exploring this field should seek out internship opportunities within film studios, broadcasting and television companies, and distribution and PR agencies.
Many entertainment companies rely on interns to assist with all areas of the business, and while unpaid internships are still very common, there are also strong, paid internship programs that rotate students through various elements of the entertainment business. Employers like to see internship titles such as “Production Assistant”, “Administrative Assistant”, and “Executive Assistant”.
For production candidates, it is important to develop a portfolio of your work, including clips, storyboards, and final products. This can be a combination of static work (in a pdf), as well as visual and multimedia options displayed through a Vimeo or YouTube channel. Creating your own website or online portfolio to showcase your work is also encouraged.
Successful candidates have:
- Knowledge of the entertainment industry and current trends
- Interest in television/film/media/pop culture
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to express oneself succinctly both in person and in writing
- Strong interpersonal skills to work well with directors, editors, producers, business and marketing roles, and specialist technicians
- Flexibility to deal with production delays, unexpected problems and varied personality types
- Ability to remain calm and confident in high-stress or crisis situations
- Willingness to work long hours on assignments with tight timelines
- A commitment to high-quality work and to continuing to improve your own skills and knowledge
- Internship cycle - internship programs hire in February/March/April
- Job cycle - rotational and page programs February/March, on-demand and production April through summer
- Vault Guide (access within Handshake*)
- International Radio and Television Society Foundation
- Corporation for Public Broadcasting
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