Although many veterans may not consider it when choosing a career, the entertainment and media industry offers a wide variety of jobs that are often lucrative and always evolving. People in the entertainment business work in teams to produce media as diverse as films, television shows, music albums, video games, magazines, radio broadcasts and more. Because the work often requires long hours, occasionally erratic schedules and periods of intense concentration, military veterans are among the top candidates for careers in this industry due to their work ethic and desire to succeed.
- Film and video editors and camera operators are responsible for capturing images of live performances and editing the footage for presentation.
- Camera operators often must scout out locations before filming to determine optimal camera angles and filming techniques.
- Editors often work closely with film and television directors to create footage that helps tell a story.
- Videographers and camera operators can either work for an in-house production company or start their own freelance business.
- Live entertainers include musicians, singers and actors who perform independently or in groups in front of live audiences in nightclubs, concert halls and theaters.
- Because of the high levels of competition for these jobs, performers must practice frequently and have natural talent.
- Independent performers often work erratic schedules and must frequently seek out new work once scheduled performances end.
- Broadcast and sound engineers are responsible for operating, monitoring and adjusting video and audio equipment to maintain quality during live and taped performances and programs.
- Technicians must be able to quickly assemble and disassemble their equipment when working at live performances or other time-sensitive events.
- Work environments for people with this skill set include television production studios, music recording studios, live music venues and radio stations.
- Many technicians are also responsible for setting up lighting equipment for both temporary and permanent stages in hotels, offices and schools.
- Reporters and broadcast news analysts are responsible for researching, writing and delivering news stories for television and radio broadcasts.
- Live broadcasters must be comfortable working in front of cameras and creating stories on short notice.
- Reporters are required to possess excellent writing, editing and interviewing skills in order to write informative and entertaining stories for their readers or viewers.
- Many news analysts use social media, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to quickly deliver stories and information to local and national audiences.
- Producers and directors are responsible for overseeing everything related to a production or live performance, including casting, scripting, editing and budget.
- Directors are typically more responsible for the creative direction of projects, while producers are responsible for budgetary and financial decisions.
- Producers and directors work together to determine the overall vision of a film, television production or stage performance.
- Many large productions hire multiple producers and directors to handle different aspects of the performance.
Employment of professionals in the entertainment and media industry is expected to grow around 10 percent through 2022, which is average for most professions. Although many of the jobs will be in cities with large media presences such as Los Angeles and New York City, smaller cities and towns will also hire people with relevant skills to work in private businesses, schools and hotels to manage audiovisual equipment and productions.
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