Careers

Career Opportunities In Photography, Entertainment and Sport Industry, Film Industry, etc.

Internships in the entertainment industry

Austin Carroll expected her first Hollywood internship to be challenging, but didn’t think she’d be working out of a producer’s pool house to get his groceries, run errands for his family and feed his dogs.

“One day I was on my way back from Trader Joe’s, after buying beef jerky for his son, and I realized that I wasn’t really learning anything,” the senior television writing and production major said.

After spending hours researching internships online, Carroll reworked her resume and began applying to other jobs. Four years later, Carroll has now had nine Hollywood internships and runs the Hollywood Intern Diaries, a blog that she started in 2013 with job listings and advice for entertainment industry interns.

Reporter/screenwriter offers writing tips to Unleashed staff

Scott Sandsberry, the writer and producer of the film Runaway Hearts, visited the Unleashed team on February 11th at the Yakima Herald Republic Building. He explained to the student journalists about the creation and making of his film, as well with tips for the young writers about proper story writing for any possible future novels or movie scripts.

Unit Production Manager

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Manage all the administrative, financial, and technical elements of a film's production
Alternate Title(s): Production Manager; UPM
Salary Range: $4,313 weekly for a local film; $6,040 weekly for a distant location
Employment Prospects: Good
Advancement Prospects: Good
Best Geographical Location(s): Los Angeles/ Hollywood, New York City
Prerequisites:
Education and Training--Film school, bachelor's, or advanced degree is optional

Line Producer

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Work for the producer; handle major issues that develop during production
Alternate Title(s): None
Salary Range: $3,000 to $5,000 per week; varies widely depending upon film's budget and location
Employment Prospects: Good
Advancement Prospects: Fair
Best Geographical Location(s): Los Angeles/ Hollywood, New York City
Prerequisites:
Education and Training--Film school, bachelor's, or advanced degree is optional
Experience--Working in as many positions on a production as possible

Producer

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Find and develop the story, material, or property to be made into a movie; hire the writer or writers, director, and principal actors; arrange the financing; oversee the film's production and release
Alternate Title(s): None
Salary Range: Varies widely
Employment Prospects: Fair
Advancement Prospects: Fair
Best Geographical Location(s): Los Angeles/ Hollywood, New York City
Prerequisites:
Education and Training--Bachelor's or advanced degree recommended but not required

Development Associate

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Assists the development executive or producer in finding and developing screenplays or material from other sources, such as books, plays, or real-life stories, that will be developed into a film
Alternate Title(s): Development Assistant
Salary Range: $25,000 to $35,000
Employment Prospects: Good
Advancement Prospects: Fair
Best Geographical Location(s): Los Angeles/Hollywood and New York City
Prerequisites:

Development Executive

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: At a studio, the Development Executive oversees properties brought in by producers in various states of development. At a production company, a director of development reads scripts, meets with writers and producers and looks for properties the company would want to finance. He or she might also oversee films in production and would carry the title of production executive.
Alternate Title(s): Director of Development; Creative Executive
Salary Range: $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects: Fair

Executive Producer

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Responsible for a film's overall production to the financing entity, or someone who arranges financing for the film; oversees production to make sure a film stays on budget
Alternate Title(s): Executive in Charge of Production
Salary Range: Varies widely
Employment Prospects: Fair
Advancement Prospects: Fair
Best Geographical Location(s): Los Angeles/ Hollywood, New York City
Prerequisites:
Education and Training--A college degree or graduate school training is recommended but not required

Head of Production

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Responsible for finding properties and developing the script; packaging the director, talent and production team; and then supervising preproduction, production, postproduction, marketing, and distribution of the finished movie
Alternate Title(s): President of Production
Salary Range: $100,000 to $1,000,000+
Employment Prospects: Poor
Advancement Prospects: Poor
Best Geographical Location(s): Los Angeles/ Hollywood, New York City
Prerequisites:

Wranglers

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Choose and take care of horses and other livestock, such as sheep, cows, or mules, used in making a movie
Alternate Title(s): None
Salary Range: $30/hour for a feature
Employment Prospects: Poor
Advancement Prospects: Poor
Best Geographical Location(s): Los Angeles/Hollywood
Prerequisites:
Education and Training--Knowledge in the selection, care, feeding, and riding of horses and other animals