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5 Careers in the Entertainment Industry

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Working in the Entertainment Industry sounds glamorous, and many times it is.  There are many rewarding jobs in Entertainment that play supporting roles, without which the actors and actresses who perform in TV, the Film Industry, and Broadway could not perform.  For those who are artistic, there are many jobs that allow you to express yourself but also pay well.  Many of these jobs are behind the scenes (such as lighting, makeup, cameras, costumes, etc.) and provide key support to performers, directors, and producers. Fortunately for those looking for a career in Entertainment, there are many options. 

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Leveraging the “Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations” category from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary in the industry is $46,000 and the top 10% earn more than $100,000 per year.  Obviously, much depends on the specific job role, where the job is located, training, and the number of years of experience.

If you are considering a career in Entertainment, consider one of the following:

Makeup Artist

For actors that have risen to meteoric fame by way of one character, in particular, it can be near impossible to rid themselves of that persona in the eyes of the viewer, and avoid the stagnant world of typecast roles. Near impossible yes, but thanks to a little something every makeup school grad learns to master – facial prosthetics – not completely impossible. According to BLS, Makeup Artists earn an average salary of $53,000 per year and the top 10% earn in excess of $122,000 per year.

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Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

If you enjoy painting, drawing, or working on animated films or cartoons this may be the right career for you. People who work as illustrators in the entertainment industry get to collaborate with writers and directors to help transform stories with art. Sculptors are sometimes called upon to create
miniature models of cities or scenes using clay or wax or graphics.  Working in the world of cartoons, artists may get the opportunity to prepare sketches of cartoon characters. The compensation varies, but concept artists can earn an average of $81,000 per year.

Screenwriter

Screenwriters create screenplays for films or TV from original storylines or sometimes written by others. Screenwriters work with a script development team to create a finished product. Screenwriters are typically freelancers (they don’t work for a specific company).  Sometimes they are hired by a Producer to create a screenplay from a true story or from a novel. The compensation varies wildly, depending on the experience and reputation of the screenwriter.

Camera Operator (Cameraman)

A camera operator (or cameraman) is usually part of a camera crew who works closely with directors and other production staff to help record events (scenes)for movies, TV, and sporting events. A cameraman is a professional operator of a film or video camera who generally shoots raw footage on “location”.

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Becoming a cameraman does require some education and training. Becoming a cameraman requires a bachelor’s degree in a field related to film or broadcasting, cinematography, or video-editing. Additionally, they must have a good understanding of digital cameras and editing software. According to BLS, the median salary for cameramen is $49,000 per year.

Costume Designer

Costume Designers design and fit costumes for film, television, and stage. They work closely with the director so that they can understand the storyline and can draw sketches of potential costumes. Depending on the story (time, place, and characters), they will need to suggest and agree on costume materials and accessories with the director. Costume designers generally have to work under tight deadlines and may need to work on or near the production site. According to BLS, costume designers earn a median salary of $36,000 per year and can go as high as $85,000 per year.

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