If you’re looking to get into the show business industry, now is the time to do it. Thanks to technology and social media, it’s easier than ever to make a name for yourself as an upcoming producer or director. However, as with any other new venture, you will need a lot of dedication and perseverance to succeed.
The entertainment industry is notorious for spitting prospective artists and entrepreneurs out; everybody has an idea for a new tv show or feature film that’ll steal the hearts of Hollywood. Fortunately, with a little bit of research, some creativity, and a lot of elbow grease, you can turn your visions into a lucrative business. Here are three ways to get involved in show business as an entrepreneur.
Start producing now.
If you have the skills and some savings lined up, then producing your shows is a great place to start. If you’re interested in directing a project, then produce your vision. If you’re more interested in just being a producer, find prospective directors, writers, and actors with a similar goal to yourself. We’ll get to this later, but it’s much easier to traverse the industry with many friends who share your passion.
Funding smaller projects with promise will give you higher-stakes practice in the industry. Still, they will also contribute to your portfolio in the future. Besides, producing a project is hard, and starting small will get you the needed experience. Having examples of projects you’ve backed or made at the ready or some film festival wins on your belt will bring many people to you.
After you make something, promote it as much as you can. Call in favors with advertisers, start a social media campaign, and connect with groups and theaters that’ll screen your projects. Every set of eyes you can get on your work counts.
Find role-models, follow in their footsteps.
Suppose you want to get involved in the production and show business. In that case, you will find that following the footsteps of others is the best way to find inspiration. If you have a passion for a particular genre or subject matter, many people have paved the way, and you can follow.
You can find inspiration by looking at successful entrepreneurs in your niche and seeing how they got started and what inspired them to become involved in your niche. For example, Ryan Kavanaugh succeeded in making a name for his company by making deals between production companies in exchange for help with brand recognition.
Every company and creative has a different idea of success, so figure out who you want to follow behind. If you’re most interested in creative freedom and experimentation, look at smaller-scale projects and the film festival circuit. If you’re interested in making a lot of money, look at how executive producers get their credits. Everyone has a different path to the top that you can trace.
Network, network, network.
Any successful creator or producer in the entertainment industry will tell you that while talent is necessary, knowing the right people is even better when climbing the ladder. Though most entrepreneurship and business management also involves networking, imagine it’s three times as important in the entertainment industry. By networking, you can build a web of people you can work with in the future, especially if you want to expand into other industries, such as acting, writing, or consulting. Everywhere you go, you are networking. You are meeting new people and forging connections that will help you in the future.
If you’re a prospective producer, you’re someone that many filmmakers will gravitate towards, hoping to get your investment. Make it clear what kinds of projects you’re interested in working on, and work extra hard to get your name out there. When you meet other people in the industry, get invested and interested in their projects. Being liked by the right person at the right time will save you a lot of time and get you inside projects that you’re more interested in.
If you want to get involved in show business as an entrepreneur, now is the time to buckle down and make your dreams a reality. The best way to do this is to produce your own shows and then network with other people in your industry to find guest spots on their shows. Once you have built your network and gained experience, find ways to monetize your efforts. You will be well on your way to success as a producer in show business. While it may sound daunting, it does not have to be. Just keep your passion aflame. You’ll succeed and work on projects that most other people never get the opportunity to touch in their lives.