A good group of contacts expands far beyond your agent and your mentor. Combining your talents with those of others can make a world of a difference in finding a job in the film or television industry and balancing the rest of your life on top of that.
Get to know these five people outside of the industry whose expertise can give you the insight you need to take you to the next level in your film or TV career.
If you do a good job reading the fine print in anything you sign, you’re already doing better than half of the other people starting out in film and TV. But sometimes, things can go wrong beyond that—you might not get paid on time or your work might not receive due credit. Knowing a lawyer doesn’t mean you’re ready to file a lawsuit at the drop of a pin, but it gives you an expert to turn to for solid advice in a sticky situation. Depending on your relationship, they may even be willing to flex some muscle to straighten things out before they get ugly.
You have enough on your plate to worry about with finding a job in media and the constant networking. Stop stressing over figuring out taxes and withholdings on your own, especially if you’re tracking expenses as an independent contractor. Leaving your financials to someone who knows what they’re doing doesn’t mean you’ll be handing it all over and hoping for the best; a good accountant will explain to you the things you don’t understand and keep you in the loop at all times so you can leave the stress behind and focus on your career.
Good exposure is the best way to getting your name out there, but it’s sometimes hard to get the ball rolling. You might not have an in with People Magazine, but don’t dismiss bloggers, vloggers, and content contributors—their influence within their online communities might kick-start some great publicity for you. Just be careful who you pitch yourself to and how your story is spun, because contrary to popular belief, not all publicity is good publicity.
A Web Developer
No matter what area of film or TV you want to get into, you’re going to need a great portfolio. No one carries around binders of photos and letters of recommendations anymore; now it’s all online and at your fingertips when you need it. But to stand out from the hundreds of thousands of other professionals’ portfolios in your field, you’re going to need a great web developer who can really showcase your work in the best light and most creative way possible.
A Dietician or Nutritionist
Depending on your role in the media industry, you might not be on camera often, if ever. But that doesn’t mean that your body shouldn’t be in the best working condition possible! You might pull all-nighters with pots of coffee or spend an entire day on set eating whatever happens to be on the catering cart. Get to know a nutritionist who can help you balance your busy lifestyle with healthy choices that will fit your budget and your schedule.
Let us know what other professionals you’ve found to be helpful to know as you boost your film and TV career in the comments below!
Now, I’m doing marketing at a film production company for their upcoming documentary. The team is small and everyone wears many hats, which is an ideal situation to be in when you want to experience as much as possible! I’m also freelancing in various media platforms, and every day I’m learning something new about how to stand out from the crowd in this fast-paced industry. I’m excited to share what I learn through The Media Chronicles!