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Everybody Loves Entertainment

By Emma Beavers

In today's media-saturated America, entertainment and culture often seem to be interchangeable terms. Whether acting in a movie, producing a television series, or discovering the next American Idol, the movers and shakers in the entertainment industry can have an immense effect on the daily experiences of consumers.

Everyone loves entertainment. Whether you're into romantic weepies, punk rock, or the Food Network, there's a niche to fit virtually every artistic taste. TV, film, music, theater, and even radio continue to be strongholds in the vast world of entertainment, but with the growth of the Internet and digital media, new technologies only increase the ways in which we are entertained- and the opportunities to make your own career a part of that process.

Plus, you don't have to be a performer to participate. Do you love the magic of movies, but have no desire to get in front of the camera? Are you a music buff, but can't sing to save your life? Never fear. Although entertainment is usually equated with the big-name movie stars and musicians that make it seem so glamorous in the first place, it could not exist without the thousands of professionals that create, produce, and support the films, TV shows, theater productions, and radio programs that we so eagerly consume.

Advertising, engineering, business, sales, and production are just a few of the areas that are fundamental to the entertainment industry that can make great careers for non-performers. Although a college degree isn't as necessary as talent and experience are for an aspiring performer, it's often a requisite in other fields. A degree in accounting, finance, or business is necessary to work in the financial arena. Degrees in journalism and communications are most practical for careers in television and radio broadcasting. Movie studios and production companies have lawyers, too, but you're going to need that law degree to be one.

As varied as its career opportunities may be , with so many creative, driven people seeking to break into the industry, the entertainment industry is a dog-eat-dog world. If you think you're interested in a career in entertainment, start gaining experience as early as possible; and while everyone would love to work for MTV, be willing to think more realistically and embrace any experience. Get involved with film and theater productions on campus. Work for your college radio station. Take your love of entertainment seriously and invest all of the enthusiasm, persistence, and talent you have, and you could be in for the ride of a lifetime.







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