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What Color Is Your Parachute?

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2018: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
by Richard Nelson Bolles
With more than 10 million copies sold in 28 countries, the world's most popular job-search book is updated for 2018 and tailors Richard Bolles's long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today's job-hunters and career-changers.
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Career: Don't Want The Spotlight? Okay. There Are Plenty Of Options In The Entertainment Business.

Loving the background

October 10 2015 - I totally understand the need to stay in the background and create the magic that people enjoy on stage (or on set). It may not necessarily be that you're camera shy, but that you prefer the space and privacy to create great work that others can bring to life. That's why I chose to be a writer, but this is not about me. Let me show you some of these off-stage options.


You know I was going to start with that, right? Writing is a great option for people that love to create and stay in the background at the same time. Sure, you see their names rolling up in the credits, but you can't identify them unless, of course, they win an Oscar or something.

You will get to write scripts for movies, television shows, theatre, radio, commercials and all that good stuff. You can even write scripts for anchors on news channels. The great part is that you and millions of other people hear your words through programs on Direct TV and other TV service providers. The downside is that the end product may look nothing like what you wrote because of multiple editing.


This is another kind of a writer only not necessarily a creative writer. You get to do reviews for songs, plays, movies and TV shows for magazines, blogs and newspapers. You may also get called on a TV or radio shows to give your opinion.

The advantage is you get paid to be entertained and comment about it. The downside is having to sit through some terrible work right to the end. You need to be an authority on whatever it is you are commenting on so this is not for the opinionated, arm-chair expert that we can all be.


You get to decide what the appropriate visual is for each scene in a movie, documentary or TV program. You know how in some movies a shot of your local lake can look like something out of a postcard? Well, that's the result of using different lenses, films and other tools, and you get to do that. Cool, right?

While you may have a lot of fun equipment to play with, there are many variables that may make your work challenging; the weather, budget, changes in the cast, trying to get the cast in place at a precise time to get the right light - but it's all worth it.

This is perhaps the best paying job and most stressful job in the TV and movie business. You need to coordinate the cast and crew to make sure that the production runs on time, is true to the script, and meets the deadline within the budget. You'll have to deal with different personalities and find a way to bring out the best in everyone for the success of the production. Granted, everyone will question your intelligence since you're the director, but if it's good, you'll get major respect from the industry, and major cash.

Author Bio:

Jenny Cash is a freelance writer. Her work has been featured on several shows on Direct TV and various theatres in New York where she lives with her partner Julius.

Resumes For Dummies

Resumes For Dummies(r), 6th Edition

by Joyce Lain Kennedy
  Get the jump on the competition with the first book that tells you how to create a resume that takes advantage of today's technology. Say goodbye to ugly, plain text formats and welcome the return of the handsome resume - fully formatted and reader friendly. This newly revised guide shows you how to craft a "StandOut" resume that'll get your foot in the door.
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