Vault Guide to Media, Entertainment, & Journalism Careers
by Michaela Drapes
Publication Date: 2010
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The media and entertainment industry encompass an enormous spectrum of jobs in both creative and business capacities. Opportunities abound in everything from orchestrating the music in a major motion picture to orchestrating the mergers and acquisitions of media conglomerates. There are hundreds of people who are critical to the creation of any creative property—just look at the credits at the end of a TV show or movie, the masthead in a magazine or the lengthy list of contributors to the latest video game—not to mention the myriad other worker bees behind the scenes who are never acknowledged.
This translates to literally hundreds of types of jobs. Yet, it’s a tough industry to break into because it is so insular. Jobs are scarce, turnover is high and relatively few ever make it big. Life in Hollywood is often, in the words of Thomas Hobbes, “nasty, brutish and short.”
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