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The Inside Scoop on Showbiz

By Emma Beavers

The entertainment industry may be a showcase for creative talent, but it's first and foremost an intensely competitive business. Where you live and who you know can often trump your ability and talent.

Hollywood: As you may be aware, the center of the entertainment universe is a little place known as Hollywood. As varied and far-flung as opportunities to work in the entertainment industry are, if you're interested in working for the major (and minor) players in the film or television industries, your chances of getting a foot in the door and ultimately succeeding increase strongly if you're based in Hollywood or L.A. At the same time, job seekers face stiff competition from the hordes of other eager  stars-in-training flocking to the city.

New York: Although Hollywood may immediately conjure images of celebrities and elaborate studio lots, New York has its own possibilities. The Big Apple is the place to be if you're interested in making it in independent film or theater, and its music scene is one of the biggest in the country.

Fierce competition: Whether you're behind the camera or in front of it, onstage or off, the entertainment industry is extremely competitive. Case in point: the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the film industry's major labor union, represents an estimated 120,000 performers alone- compare that to the number of celebs who have actually made it big. Even internships in production or art departments are very difficult to come by.

Low pay: Working in the entertainment industry by no means consigns you to a life of paltry paychecks, but when you're starting out, the experience and connections that an internship or assistantship can yield are also accompanied by very little, and often no, money.







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