If making it to the entertainment industry were that easy, most of the world would be entertainers instead of watching TV online to check out the stars they adore.
Growing up, most kids – secretly or not – aspire to be either of the three: a rock star, a movie star, or a sports star. A lot of these dreams stem from the influence of entertainment on the television, made easier now by watching TV online.
Many do not end up the star they envision themselves to be but on the opposite end, quite a few do make it as entertainers or sports legends. In the entertainment especially, a lot of people attribute the success of their favorite stars to looks, ability and talents and even luck, but there’s a lot more going on behind all that. It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to make it to the entertainment industry, too. If you think you have what it takes to be a star, you can take some of the tips below to heart.
Tips to Getting In, Staying In, and Rising Up.
Plan the Career Curve. There are still people who dismiss being an entertainer as some lucky gig you land, a notion obtained from watching TV online. Real entertainers know that behind the gliz and glamor, the industry is harsh and unforgiving. Without a plan in hand, your career is bound to fizzle before it can even begin. If you are hell bent on being a star, you need to envision where you want to end up. The plan doesn’t have to be specific just yet; just know that with every victory you reap in the entertainment world, it has been according to plan.
Hone the Talent. There is no working your way up in the ‘biz without the credentials to back it up. Before even thinking of being a professional entertainer, you need to ask yourself if you can even do the job. Even if you can, there’s always room for improvement so it won’t hurt your chances at all to keep improving and adding to your range and depth. Sharpen the saw, so to speak.
Establish Yourself as a Professional. Being an entertainer is a profession very much like others in the world of finance, business, medicine, engineering and the like. Sloppy demeanor, attitude and work ethics will not get you far, nor will get new doors open. Go professional all the way. Have a portfolio, resume and calling cards ready for opportunities. It also helps to have a calendar on hand to properly monitor your schedules and bookings accordingly. Nothing smacks of unprofessional work than overbooking.
Work Local. Where did you first make your name? Most likely, it’s at your local shows and doing gigs in your area. Strive to make a name in the local scene first. It will be easier to widen your reach when the time comes.
Network Like Crazy. Get to know the people in the business, even those behind the scenes. Them knowing you, either as a friend or a talent or referral can help get you a leg up to the bigwigs you aspire to meet someday. As you improve your networking skills, your friendliness, personality, and professionalism will be important. As much as possible, avoid burning bridges and return favors to those who have helped you, too.
Lastly, Keep Dreaming. It’s the dream that propels you to be the entertainer you see yourself as. Even if others don’t see the dream yet, don’t stop jumping on the opportunities to showcase your talent. Make every step you take into the entertainment industry count.
One last thing to remember is that experienced entertainers and the stars you look up to didn’t have it easy. Check on your idols’ stories and biographies by watching TV online or reading and researching and you find out that they struggled to make it to the entertainment industry, too. Be inspired and give it your all.