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Best Ways to Handle Getting Your First Break in Hollywood

Updated on February 26, 2018
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Kenna worked on many productions as PA, Craft Services, Talent Scout, Grip, and Producer. Credits include Bowling for Columbine, Wallace.

How to take advantage of this interview or to make the best of any job interview is very important. So, pay attention while I go over some key points that will help you land your first job in the film industry.

Take Advantage of the Interview

Getting an interview for a film job is a big break for any film business wannabe. This is your lucky break to the degree you didn't have an interview yesterday. So, pat yourself on the back and take advantage of this interview to secure a future in the film business.

How to take advantage of this interview or to make the best of any job interview is very important. So, pay attention while I go over some key points that will help you land your first job in the film industry.

Interviews for film jobs can be one sided with the interviewer asking all the questions. The opportunity for you to ask questions often comes only at the end of the interview. In fact, you're typically offered the chance when the interview is over: "Is there anything else you'd like to know?"

What Question to Ask

However, there is one question you should ask of every interviewer as early as possible during the interview: "Can you tell me about the position and the type of person you're looking for?"

The reason it's important for you to ask this question is that it can provide you with more information and the greatest opportunity to understand more about the job and your ability to fill it. You are placing yourself in the other person's shoes. A technique often used in the entertainment field. Actors are very good at this (or should be).

When you ask this question, you are going to learn exactly what the interviewer's specific criteria are, and you'll be able to address these criteria throughout the interview. Make sure you do address the principles or standards by which you may be hired or not.

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If the interviewer tells you that he's looking for someone who is knowledgeable about local business, restaurants, hotels and can get around the city without much difficulty and added time, you carry the conversation by telling him or her that you love this city and grew up here.

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Say Something, Nail the Job

If an obvious opportunity to ask the question doesn't present itself, you should make the opportunity. For example, when you're asked a question like "Have you had any prior experience in the film industry?" you can answer the question, then say, "Can you tell me more about the position and the type of person you're looking for?" You have to be on your toes with wits fully charged to take control of the interview in order to ask this question and have this question answered by the interviewer. Practice at home with your best friend or loved one. Nothing is wrong with rehearsal - after all, this is show business.

Based on the answer you get, you can slant or tailor your answers to take advantage of the opportunity to further your chances in getting the coveted job. For example, if the interviewer tells you that he's looking for someone who is knowledgeable about local business, restaurants, hotels and can get around the city without much difficulty and added time. You carry the conversation by telling him or her that you love this city and grew up here. You know your way around the city because you love to go to the local restaurants and cafes (assuming, of course, this is true). The more you're able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, interests, and abilities that an interviewer is looking for, the more likely you are to get the job.

You're on the Set

The one thing to remember when trying to get your first job in a film production is to be relaxed and friendly. If they don't hire you, it's for the best because you don't want to work on a production that does not like you. You'd have a terrible time. You will get a job on a film set. You just need to be willing to go through the interview process. Sometimes, it can be an interview over the phone and you are hired. This happens a lot because the important part is just showing up on time, ready to work hard and be a great crew member.

© 2007 Kenna McHugh

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