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How to get into the entertainment business : behind-the-scenes jobs that pay $100,000 or more a year!
Tepper, Ron, 1937-
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Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley, [1999]

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ix, 214 pages ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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This book is the first step-by-step guide that tells you how to get into one of the most glamorous and highest paying industries in the country. Forget about theoretical advice. Instead, award-winning (Oscar(r), Emmy(r), and Grammy(r) ) pros tell you exactly how they got into the business. Twenty-four of the industry's most successful professionals explain how to break into and land three dozen of the top jobs in entertainment.

What does it take to make it into the entertainment business today? What kind of training (if any) is needed? How did the pros get their start? Where are the openings? How do you find them? How do you break into the business? How can you make it if you don't live in New York or Hollywood? These questions and many more are answered in this remarkable insider's guide. Read about the one thing every one of these pros had in common--regardless of whether they were producers, directors, cameramen, or sound mixers. Discover how they made more than $100,000 a year--and how you can do the same in a career that is exciting as well as rewarding.

Whether you are looking for your first job in entertainment or a major career change, this comprehensive, informative guide will show you everything you need to succeed. From finding your first break to climbing the ladder to the top--this book tells it all!

Author Notes

Ron Tepper is a writer, editor, and entertainment industry veteran who spent more than a decade in the entertainment industry where he dealt with a variety of artists ranging from the Beatles to Glen Campbell. He has written numerous books, including Power Resumes and How to Become a Top Consultant, both published by Wiley.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Background and Needed Characteristicsp. 9
College Not the Way Inp. 10
How Emmy Award Winner Did Itp. 12
The Ideal Starting Opportunityp. 13
Relationships Are Kingp. 16
How It Differs from Corporate Worldp. 17
How the Business Is Changingp. 18
The Breaksp. 21
What Emmy-Award Winner Believesp. 22
Where Politics Play a Handp. 24
The Lesson in Being Firedp. 25
From Small Town Theater Usher to Directorp. 26
Positions Build on Each Otherp. 28
The Who-Do-You-Know Syndromep. 29
The First Job Offersp. 30
There Are Two Places You Must Gop. 32
Lucas Took Note of Sci Fi Abilityp. 33
The Road from Law to Entertainmentp. 36
One Key Characteristicsp. 37
Website over the Lawp. 37
How Do You Measure Creativity and Talent?p. 38
Chapter 2 The First Breaks--How to Find Themp. 39
Luck, Fate, or Relationship Business]p. 40
Three Things That Make a Differencep. 41
Where to Startp. 42
How to Recognize Opportunitiesp. 43
Impact of the Economyp. 44
Growing Outletsp. 45
Background Requirementsp. 45
The Campus Connectionp. 46
How to Use Referencesp. 48
How to Use Notesp. 49
What's Behind the Storiesp. 50
Niche Marketing--How It Worksp. 51
Flops and Timingp. 52
Timing Is Everythingp. 53
The Critical Elementp. 55
Opportunity in Smaller Marketsp. 56
What Film Thrives Onp. 57
Who You Know Countsp. 58
Good Investigative Techniquesp. 59
How Most Define Their Entertainment Experiencep. 60
Where You Get the Opportunityp. 62
How to See from Another Perspectivep. 63
What the Public Will Not Buyp. 64
Don't Wait When You See Opportunityp. 65
The Making of Herb Alpertp. 66
The Technology Impactp. 67
How to Land Internshipp. 69
The Cable Opportunityp. 70
The Streisand Legendp. 71
Object of a Portfoliop. 72
The First Step in Selling Scriptp. 73
Learning the Tradep. 74
Selling the Ideap. 75
Chapter 3 Climbing the Ladderp. 77
Where Everyone Startsp. 78
Learn by Watching Othersp. 79
Keys to Producing--Executive Producingp. 80
How to Make Itp. 82
Importance of Creative Thinkingp. 83
Photographers More Than Picture Takersp. 83
How to Start in a Small Marketp. 85
Miller's Star Wars Promotionp. 86
How Studio Executives Have Changedp. 87
The Place to Develop Skillsp. 88
Becoming a Dual Emmy Winnerp. 89
Why Some Fear Changep. 91
Try Not to Waste Wordsp. 92
Blinded by Glitz and Glamourp. 93
The Underexperienced Nightmarep. 94
Key Element in Game Showsp. 95
An Attribute You Must Have in the Businessp. 97
Importance of Contacts and Experiencep. 98
The Difference between Film and Videop. 99
Movies Were Directionlessp. 100
Rules for Entertainmentp. 101
New Breed of Managersp. 102
Niche Management Neededp. 104
Honing in on Commercialsp. 105
Chapter 4 Getting to the Top--Some of the Jobs That Get You There and What You Actually Dop. 107
Can Choose Any Formatp. 108
Does Not Require Special Skillsp. 110
New Muscle Developedp. 111
Leverage over Tabloidsp. 112
Radio Stations Have Changedp. 113
How to Copy Successp. 114
The Break That Made Differencep. 115
How He Earned His Emmyp. 116
The Prerequisite for Photojournalists?p. 117
Wins Five Emmysp. 118
Establishing Animation Reputationp. 120
Where Writer Has Controlp. 121
Basics for Most News Showsp. 122
Key Organization Can Helpp. 123
Behind the Production Designerp. 124
Low Budget Classicp. 125
The Difference in Episodic TVp. 126
Importance of Taping Spotsp. 128
A Need for Changep. 130
Advertisement Changes Careerp. 131
The People Connectionp. 132
More Opportunity Todayp. 133
Chapter 5 More Opportunities, Plus the Pitfalls, Money, and Futurep. 135
Why Writer Was Droppedp. 136
Where Perseverance Entersp. 137
Why Timing Is Rightp. 138
Most Important Stepp. 139
How to Use Local Outletp. 140
What Sells and What Doesn'tp. 141
Training Programs Availablep. 142
There's More to the Business Than Workp. 143
Trends and Opportunitiesp. 144
Crisis in Dance Moviesp. 145
Developing Contactsp. 146
How Do You Break into Music Publishing?p. 148
The Vision That Is Neededp. 149
Don't Forget the Tapep. 150
Need for a Mentorp. 152
Video Workshop Availablep. 153
Evaluating Your Skillsp. 154
Pitfalls and the Futurep. 156
Plus or Minus--Foreign Film Companiesp. 157
New Publishing Trendp. 160
CNN Making Inroadsp. 161
What's Next in Musicp. 162
MTV Changed It Allp. 163
Future News to Be Canned?p. 164
Chapter 6 Inside Tips and a Look Behind the Scenesp. 167
Indexp. 209