Entertainment comes in a number of different packages, and in every genre of entertainment, there comes two groups of people: the buyer audience and the producers. The consumer audience has the cash to invest, and producers have the work of pleasing the spender.
The average audience member recognizes specific actors on screen and will discriminate against what film they’ll see based on their memories of the joy, pain, and overall feelings they received when watching said actors in other projects and films. The fact is, that an excellent or even a subpar actor or actress, only plays one small part of the whole in bringing an enjoyable entertainment experience to the screen.
I’m not attempting to downplay the importance of the actor. Anyone who’s in the business of acting in live theater will tell you that the main element players in Broadway productions are the actors, but you can find so many supporting players that help prepare the actors and actresses leading up to the opening curtains. Positions include those of the director in addition to set design, costumes, and makeup departments. However, the jobs of these people end once the curtain rises. The only real workers who support the actors through a production are those of the tech crew, and the orchestra, if there is one. However, once the curtains rise, it is the actor who must carry the show to success or failure instantly.
When it comes to film and cinema, the actor’s job concludes months and sometimes years prior to the film opens in the box office. While I’m not an expert in the history of cinema at all, it would appear to me that the hardest & most under appreciated jobs in Hollywood are those individuals and departments that are located behind the camera and the glitz of Hollywood glamour.
Should you have digital media video production in your educational and professional background, and feel you own the skills necessary to land a job in Hollywood, then networking could be a valuable tool in getting noticed and landing the job of your dreams.
If you don’t know where to start with networking, then you may be interested in a digital media organization that provides this benefit for you. The International Digital Media and Arts Association, generally known as iDMAa, offers exactly that: an outlet that you should network with professionals in the market that you are aiming to land a career in.