How Do I Get Film Work Experience? (with pictures)

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari
Many film schools have fully equipped studios that students can use to gain production experience.
Many film schools have fully equipped studios that students can use to gain production experience.

Before you start looking for internships, apprenticeships, or entry-level positions in the film industry, you will need to figure out what specific area of that industry you are interested in pursuing. You will also need to analyze your skill set and talents in order to find the film work experience that is right for you. Think carefully about what types of skills you have developed through a combination of schooling and work experience; if you would prefer to get into a new area of film, think about your interests and how your skills will fit; the best film work experience is the experience that will allow you to explore.

Film internships are great for gaining industry experience.
Film internships are great for gaining industry experience.

A college degree is a good step toward getting film work experience, but only in certain areas. A writing degree, for example, may be appropriate for film writers and editors, while an accounting degree will give you the skills necessary to work in a film studio's accounting department. You may not have a considerable advantage in other areas of film, however, just by holding a college degree. Acting and directing, for example, usually don't require a college degree but instead require a high level of creativity, drive, and dedication. If you want to get film work experience in these areas, try taking part in local theater or regional acting or directing opportunities.

Acting usually doesn't require a college degree, but it does require a high level of creativity, drive, and dedication.
Acting usually doesn't require a college degree, but it does require a high level of creativity, drive, and dedication.

Internships are commonly offered by film studios to help qualified candidates get film work experience. These positions generally do not pay much if anything at all, but they are great ways to make connections within the industry and learn more about making films. Be sure to apply for internships for which you will qualify; some are intended only for high school or college students, while others are open to any applicants. Try to find an internship that will be relevant to the area of film in which you want to work.

Musicians can work in the film industry by providing background music for movies.
Musicians can work in the film industry by providing background music for movies.

Create your own portfolio of your best work so you have something to show potential employers. If you want to become a cameraman, develop your own website that showcases short films or promos you have shot. This is a great tool for getting film work experience, and it is also a great way to ensure potential employers can get a hold of you in a timely manner. Make sure your contact information is clearly posted on your website. It is wise to constantly update the content on your site so only your best work is showcased.

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    • Many film schools have fully equipped studios that students can use to gain production experience.
      Many film schools have fully equipped studios that students can use to gain production experience.
    • Film internships are great for gaining industry experience.
      Film internships are great for gaining industry experience.
    • Acting usually doesn't require a college degree, but it does require a high level of creativity, drive, and dedication.
      Acting usually doesn't require a college degree, but it does require a high level of creativity, drive, and dedication.
    • Musicians can work in the film industry by providing background music for movies.
      Musicians can work in the film industry by providing background music for movies.