Making it in Hollywood

Published May 7, 2016

HollywoodMany people have been told over and over again that they are talented in one area of entertainment or the other, and this often brings them from wherever they are originally located to Hollywood in order to pursue their careers in the belief that Hollywood is the centre of the entertainment industry and where they are likely to find their big break that would catapult them to success, wealth and stardom. It is true that Hollywood is the centre of the entertainment industry, however, there are several factors that work together to determine whether a person will make it or not in Hollywood.

The first, and most obvious parameter is whether or not he or she is truly talented. The producers and people in charge of film and music studios in Hollywood are not often interested in people whom they would have to spend excessive amounts of time and money in order to train to become as skilled as necessary to feature in their films or music productions. For this reason, it is highly advisable that people who intend to enter the entertainment industry in Hollywood should have spent a lot of time and effort in developing their talents on their own. This will usually be the difference between those people who will be accepted to work on a project and those who will be dismissed because although they have potential, they are not up to the standard required for the particular project.

The next thing that often acts to determine whether the first few months of a person’s arrival to Hollywood will see them become a rising star in the industry or go home disappointed and tired of all the effort they put in to land a big, profitable deal is their ability to network. Like all other industries, the ability to network in the entertainment industry is very important, and can make the difference between whether or not a person gets to know and attend an audition for a project, or does not even hear about it at all. It is always advisable to make as many friends as possible, and attend as many events as possible, so as to be able to meet as many new people as possible.

One way in which a person can cut through all the noise in the industry and get directly to the front when it comes to networking and meeting people that would be of benefit to their careers is by having an agent. Agents are usually people who have spent quite some time in the industry, in whatever capacity, and have developed a vast network that they can call on to find opportunities for their clients. Often, the terms of a contract are discussed by an agent with old friends of theirs via phone calls or over lunch. It is always better to approach the most established agents in the particular industry one is looking to enter, so as to be able to tap into their goodwill and reputation.

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