Dayna Womack

Hollywood-Jan 30

When searching for an entry-level position in the entertainment industry, it can feel like the odds are stacked against you. This industry can seem small and selective, as though only those who know somebody can get in and everyone else is left with the scraps they didn’t want. This webinar put on by the Creative Coalition of Color showed audiences that there are lots of positions in this industry that hold weight, but only if you know where to look.

Upon entering the webinar, there was a feeling of knowledge in the air. Not necessarily the kind of feeling you get when you enter a classroom for the first time, but the feeling that you could come out of this meeting with knowledge or resources you didn’t have before; and actually make that first step to your dream. We had a panel of creatives and executives giving out information that is normally taught in high education film courses and an audience sending resource after resource in the chat. One audience member asked how they could go about getting their own project made and was met with three different websites they should visit. Whether you were listening to the speakers or just aimlessly scrolling, this webinar was filled with information.

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The main point of this Zoom-meeting seemed to be that there are entry-level positions in the film industry that aren’t even on the film set. After a movie is made, an entirely new team is designated to market and promote the film while the director and editor go on to do different projects. Making a movie doesn’t end on the cutting room floor and it takes an entire village for each step of production. For those looking to get into the industry, rather than trying to get into the production side of things, marketing and distribution play a giant role in the ways media impacts society. Trailers and posters are the main resource for producers and directors to get their films seen and the people behind that use just as much storytelling and creativity in their respective roles.

In this new digital age, these webinars can be extremely helpful for those who don’t have any prior experience in film and need help taking that first step into the industry. Not only are they easily accessible, but they can also be a way to find a job or connection. As stated before, the chatbox in this webinar was filled with resources that kept flooding minute by minute. Audience questions ranged from how they can get their ideas made to where they should be starting out if they come from a background without connections and resources; something that can feel like a necessity in such an exclusive industry. Not only did the panelist provide excellent insight on the industry, but they also provided websites like A resource for the audience to use if they wanted to make their break into an entry-level position in the industry. This website holds job-listings of all levels, both part-time and full-time. There is a page that lets you know what events are coming up and when you sign up for the website, they’ll be sure to keep you updated on the jobs and events you could apply for or participate in.

The panelists did a great job at explaining how they got into the industry and the steps that they needed to take to excel in their respective fields. Audience members had questions about how to break into the industry with no experience, and with those questions came resources and the idea that confidence and curiosity can take you far. A lot of times it’s not just about who you know but how you treat people when you don’t know who they are. You may never know when your job in the trailer editing bay could lead to you working for Disney or HBO. If you do your job well and know how to talk to people, you never know where one opportunity could lead you.

If you had any experience in film prior to this webinar, there were still a few things that could be taken away from it; especially if you were on the job hunt. Every panelist had their own background and story that captivated the audience and inspired them. All audience members left with determination and drive to either get their own projects made, or apply for positions that they didn’t know exist