Working in the entertainment industry can be incredibly fulfilling. Whether you get in the industry to follow the footsteps of great directors and producers like Heather Parry or Quentin Tarantino, you want to act in front of the camera, or you’d like to work behind the camera, there are plenty of jobs. Many people are vying for the same positions, however. To break into Hollywood, you have to have these four traits.
Hollywood is not for the shy or meek. No matter what position you want in the industry, you have to be confident in what you’re doing. Keep in mind that there’s a fine line between confident and cocky. Show confidence in what you do but don’t be a know-it-all and be willing to take criticism.
The best in the entertainment industry have creative, imaginative minds. Actors have to bring characters to life. Directors have to find ways to take a script and turn it into a believable, visual story. You often have to be able to think outside of the box.
The entertainment industry is ever-changing. To make it, you have to be willing to be flexible. Jobs can pop up out of nowhere, auditions might change at the drop of a hat. You need to be able to work with the changes as they come and try not to get frazzled by them.
One of the most important traits you need to have (especially when trying to get started) is patience. You might not make it right away. Your script might get rejected or you don’t get the callback. Don’t give up. You have to be able to bounce back from disappointment and keep trying.
In an industry overflowing with individuals trying to get their start, you need to out. If you’re willing to work hard to gain more experience and create a portfolio that shows your work, those in the industry are more likely to take notice.