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The Perfect Time Is Now by Dorez Douglas

When most people think of the entertainment industry, their first thought is acting or singing. But, there are countless jobs behind the scenes. Jobs that pay very well and are extremely satisfying. And guess what? The best time to get your foot in the door is right now! Why? Because there’s a labor shortage in the entertainment industry. Business is booming in film/TV production – particularly in the television industry. This means production schedules are so busy that the usual skilled professionals are often unavailable. So… you’re probably asking, “How can I get one of these jobs?”

First, you need to figure out which job is right for you. Do you have an eye for detail? Love photography? Don’t mind working in all kinds of weather? You might make a great Location Scout or Cinematographer. Do you have good people skills? Are you a decisive, take-charge kind of person? Do you have good time management skills? Are you able to stay calm under pressure? Becoming a Production Manager or First Assistant Director might be your calling. Of course, you won’t start at the top. You’ll most likely start as a Production Assistant, an entry-level position.

One of the jobs few people are aware of is Utility Sound Technician. This person supports the production Sound Mixer and Boom Operator by setting up and maintaining audio hardware, keeping the set quiet, and helping resolve any audio problems that might arise.

My long-time friend and producing partner, Willie D. Burton, got his start as a Utility Sound Technician on a television series many years ago. Eventually, he worked his way up to Production Sound Mixer. He has been in the industry for over 35 years and worked on over 100 films/tv shows including “The Color Purple,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Se7en” “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade,” “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Dreamgirls,” “Straight Outta Compton,” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home” to name a few.

Some other jobs to consider are: Producer, Director, Casting Director, Researcher, Production Designer, Music Supervisor Art Director, Set Decorator, Craft Services, Gaffer, Stills Photographer, Hair, Makeup, Wardrobe, Production Coordinator, Best Boy, and Editor.

Whatever you decide, don’t procrastinate. If you want to work in the entertainment industry behind the scenes, now is the time! Do your research, learn your craft, and then… JUMP!

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