3 Ways to HELP YOU Propel in the Entertainment Industry
One of my awesome friends, Lisa, made a Periscope broadcast with me recently + we got a lot of good feedback from the viewers! Lisa works in front of the camera with acting + comedy, + I work behind the scenes doing the hair + makeup. We’ve both had experience in TV production, and wanted to share 3 things that have helped shaped the both of us in our careers!
This is vital for any success working with other people – anywhere!!!! You never know who knows who.
I’m someone who’s comfortable being by myself/working by myself/etc… When I’ve spent 14+ hours with the same, large group of people, it can wear on me. It can be stressful keeping a positive, happy energy for your team.
Picking up the slack, going above your job description, + SHOWING KINDNESS are things that I value in the people I work with. In the stressful moments, let your character + kindness shine. I have been referred for jobs by people I never even thought knew my name or paid attention to my work. Others really do notice.
Listening to who is in charge + really acting on their information makes you a valuable asset. For my business team, I look for artists who are willing to learn with an excited, genuine heart. Artists who will be understanding if they need to redo something.
When I’m assisting projects, I make it my goal to be respectful, attentive, and a fast learner. The mentality that you are too good to learn a few things won’t get you very far. There is so much in the hair + makeup world that I have to learn. I am open to learning! Asking questions puts you in a good place. It shows you are interested + want to be the best you can be. The ability to be molded and shaped for specific projects automatically adds worth to your work.
Industry standards say that if you’re 10 minutes early – you’re on time, + if you are on time – you’re late. There’s a lot of fast paced hurrying… just to sit down + wait.
I do a lot of photoshoots on a large scale, where we will shoot roughly 150 looks in just a weekend. For the talent, there is a lot of deferring to the photographer’s time schedule. I’ve had talent tell me, “I’ve been just sitting here waiting for two hours!!”. That kind of attitude isn’t something that’s going to propel you in the entertainment industry. It shows that you are not willing to do what it takes or to defer to who’s running the schedule. Ain’t nobody got time for a diva. 😉
Being time conscious, + #hustlin’ to get the work done is EXACTLY what you are hired for!!!
I hope this encourages you to pursue the amazing opportunities this industry has to offer!
You can do it!!!!