Perhaps you have been thinking about taking your talent to the next level and entering the professional world of the entertainment industry. If this is true, the sooner you understand something about the industry the better off you will be. Here’s the big secret: it’s a business, it’s about turning a profit! This should be obvious, so I am surprised when many people seem like it hasn’t even occurred to them.
When a decision is made in the entertainment industry it is not about making people feel better, providing positive feedback, or helping you to be a better person, it is about business, period. Careers are made or broken, contracts are negotiated, people are hired and fired, and in the end it all boils down to cold, hard cash.
You can hear people talk about thow they are going to make it in the industry because they are so talented. Well, yes, talent is a piece of the puzzle, however it is not nearly as big a piece as it is in the amateur world. In the professional world many other things are just as important, and sometimes, even more important. I will explore these factors in another blog post because I do think they need to be examined but I’d like to give them the attention they deserve.
So what does all this mean for you? For now, just realize that you cannot approach the professional entertainment industry and expect it to function like a giant amateur talent contest, it simply doesn’t work that way. If you are expect things to be the same as your amateur experience, you will be very disappointed. However, if you realize the differences up front, you will be way ahead of the game and better able to prepare yourself for a fiercely competitive industry that often doesn’t seem to make sense. The goals of the amateur and professional talent world are very different, so be prepared, know why this is true and it will save you a lot of headaches in the long run.