In a country where unemployment has soared, the idea of a career in the entertainment industry is something that many young people are considering.
But it’s not a sure thing.
“People don’t want to do it, it’s too risky and there are so many downsides,” says Laura Hagen, a former television host.
“They’re very wary.”
But a growing number of people are finding jobs in the film and music industry.
The latest to join the ranks is a 24-year-old who started out as a web designer but has since moved into a full-time job with a music studio.
The job was part of an entertainment production company, and he had no choice but to apply for it.
“I was nervous, I didn’t know if it was going to be the best gig,” he says.
But he had a plan.
“It was like going to the movies every night,” he recalls.
“You know what, I was really into it.
I felt really lucky that I had an opportunity to get into the industry.”
In the past, he’s worked as a production assistant for a music video company, but he’s now been working on a movie set for years.
He’s had a variety of roles, from being a makeup artist on a film, to a production coordinator, and now, a producer.
“You’re kind of used to the work, you’re not really worried about what you’re doing, because it’s all so much bigger than you,” he explains.
He has to be careful though.
He can’t let his creative ambitions get in the way of his work, and is wary of losing any of his skills.
“I’m pretty lucky, I’ve never had to do anything like that before,” he adds.
“This is my chance to learn, to experience a lot of different types of jobs.”
As he prepares for his next role, he is looking for a career change, to go from a music industry position to a more creative one.
“The more I’ve been doing this, I think it’s becoming clear to me that this is the best way to do this,” he admits.
He’s also a fan of film and television, and says he’s not afraid to take risks.””
If I can learn a little bit of the business side of things, and then I can bring that back into my own work, I could definitely see myself becoming a producer.”
He’s also a fan of film and television, and says he’s not afraid to take risks.
“When I was in the movie industry, I went into a room full of people, and they all laughed and said, ‘Well, it doesn’t matter, it only takes a few of us to make a movie’,” he says, laughing.
“In the music industry, it takes a crew of five to make an album.”
While the job hunt is all about changing your outlook, you can also look to other industries to find work.
“In my opinion, film and TV are the only way to make money in the world,” he suggests.
“There’s a lot that you can do in the industry, but in terms of the way you work, in terms in terms the way the film is made, in the terms of how you make your money, in movies, you’ll always need to work from the outside in.”
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