Tips and advice on how to make a professional career in the entertainment industry supplied by Ben Jones from StarsInMyEyes dot TV

1. Consider professional training

No matter how good you may think you are some professional training can go a long, long way in helping you on the road to success. Training is available for pretty much every facet of the industry, from one-day courses to full-time academies.

2. Keep your ego in check

No one likes a smart ass … if you THINK you’re good and you’re not then you’ll just make yourself look foolish – if you ARE good an over-inflated ego could overshadow you’re talent and stand in your way

3. Create a CV (résumé)

Don’t think of this as the sort of CV you’d create if you were looking for a job in an office – in fact, it’s always an idea to model your CV around the type of work you’re applying for, ensuring that any experience in that particular field is at the top of your list!–And always, always make sure your CV is up-to-date!

4. Get good photos

If you’re serious about getting into the industry then decent photos are a MUST … especially if you’re wanting to get into modelling. This doesn’t necessarily mean spending pot loads of money though (see tip 6 as an example) – in fact, as a blatant ‘plug’, we offer a free makeover and photo shoot for anyone signing up with us for a 3 month subscription or higher!  (plug over!) Please, please, please – don’t use ‘snaps’ from your latest holiday, or photos of you & your mates out clubbing … they just won’t cut it!

5. Consider registering with one or two agents

A lot of industry opportunities are only cast through agents, particularly TV & Movies. If you decide to register with an agency (or two) then do your research – make sure the agency actually produces work for its clients and be very wary if you’re asked to stump up cash to register – always a bad sign. A reputable agency makes its money from commission on the work it gets for its clients and shouldn’t need to charge an up-front registration fee … in fact, it’s illegal!

6. Consider unpaid work

OK, I know it’s not what you want to hear …. but doing unpaid work can provide invaluable experience and, if you’re lucky, may even get you ‘spotted’. There’s a huge community of Indie and Student filmmakers out there who are constantly on the lookout for talent, and doing some modelling for a local photographic club can be a good way of getting both experience and free shots for your portfolio!

7. Be prepared to travel

Don’t expect work to ‘come to you’ … it just doesn’t happen like that. I’ve lost count of the number of people that have asked questions like ‘How often do you list work in Lower Nether Wallop?!”  Sure, it’s possible that a production company may shoot some exterior shots in Lower Nether Wallop on the odd occasion, but that’s not liable to be an everyday occurrence!!

8. Watch … Listen … Learn

If you’re at castings or on a film set or in a studio … wherever … watch, listen and learn – watching professionals at work can be both inspiring and revealing.

9. “Remain ‘grounded’ at all times”!

Keep reality in check and remember just who you are – keep in mind what you want to achieve and where you’re headed, but always be realistic in your expectations and that way, if things don’t go the way you hope, the disappointment will be far easier to handle.

10.   This may sound like a bit of a cliché but it’s so, so true …. “Don’t give up your day job!”

Tips and advice on how to make a professional career in the entertainment industry supplied by Ben Jones from StarsInMyEyes dot TV.