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History, Herstory, and Yourstory (You know what I mean)

If I’ve learned nothing else this year (though for the record I have acquired much knowledge in my first year as a post grad) I have been reassured that there is more than one way to pursue a career.

Two summers ago, I ventured to Los Angeles for internships. Many of us went with the expectation that the summer experience would provide us with an answer. An answer to the ever-present question: How do I break into the industry of TV/film?

The answer we always received was: There is no clear-cut path.

In addition, we were advised to:

  • Intern as much as possible
  • Network
  • Create a demo reel/build a portfolio
  • Find ways to set yourself apart from others in job settings
  • Explore! Make sure what you think you want to do is what you actually want to do

…and so forth.

At the end of the day it was up to each of us to figure out how we wanted to DESIGN OUR OWN PATHS.

There are basic traits that can be a great foundation – hard work, being personable, working on your weaknesses, etc. – that can aid you in your journey, but there is no set “how to.”

Interning with a company won’t guarantee a position. Walking into a coffee shop at the right time may result in a great coincidental connection to an assistant position. Your friend/relative might have a connection you never knew they had.

If you’re reading this post and still looking for an answer on how to break in…STOP!

The moral of the story is, DON’T BE DISCOURAGED because person A has a resume stacked with awards and person B solidified a job their junior year of college. There is no limit on the number of people who can be successful.

There’s no success club with a limited number of spots and they took the last two…but if I find out there is one I might let you know. Might.

Take your time if you need to. Go at your own pace. Hold yourself to a personal (reasonable) standard in pursuit of YOUR career.

MY PERSONAL GOAL: To find a creative (possibly original) way to become a producer. Share your goals, aspirations, and/or advice in the comment section or email gumblogging@gmail.com.

Pizza, Netflix, and Happiness. Mei.

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