Learn about 9 alternative careers that you could take if leaving the film or entertainment industry. If you ever find yourself leaving the entertainment industry you will likely be uncertain what career path to go down next.
This is an alternative post for my film careers blog. Careers don’t always go to plan, the film industry is especially tough and you might find that you no longer wish to work within it. When I left the film industry 5 years ago I found myself depressed and clueless. This following article is here to let you know that there are other careers out there that could benefit from your skills, education and lifestyle choices.
Get a full-time film job
Start your own business
Become a teacher
Make videos online
Change creative industry
Become a film critic
Work outside of production
Make films for fun
More details on all these career routes can be found below -
1 - Full-time film job
There are full-time jobs in film. These operate like any ordinary day job with all the benefits. So, if you left the entertainment industry due to the work hours and lack of security then a full-time job might be for you. These jobs can be found within production companies, TV studios, and creative agencies.
The majority of these jobs won't be highly creative and mainly admin based. Full-time creative production crew jobs can occasionally be found within film development, recurring TV shows, and commercial companies. I personally know full-time film crew staff that work for a TV studio that produces a soap opera and a TV commercial company.
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2 - Start your own business
If you don’t like working for others why not be your own boss. This option will suit anyone who is business minded, self-focused and up for a challenge. It will be hard to start your own creative business so perhaps find work experience before jumping in (you might also need start-up money).It can be useful to focus your business niche.
I have known people to have success before with companies that shoot -weddings, music videos, commercials, corporate or live event filming. This route is different than making your own films and trying to sell them – instead, you are focused on profit (rather than trying to be a self made film director which really isn’t a business plan).
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3 - Teach Others
If you have a skill you can teach it. This could be filmmaking for children or teaching at a university level. If you have previous higher education and/or plenty of experience you might find it not too difficult to become a teacher. You will likely need to take a year of ‘educational studies’ to become a qualified teacher (you might be able to find grants for this – there are defiantly ones available in the UK). I know of several people who have media and film degrees who now teach.
4 - Online Filmmaker
If you don’t fancy working in a classroom, you could teach online. Technically that is what I am doing here with blogging; teaching what I know about the film industry to others online. You could also do a mixture of on and offline teaching organising workshops or using platforms like teachable.
Then there is also YouTube which if used correctly you can make a living from. Creating a career online will take a lot of time (expect it to take at least 3-5 years to make a liveable income) but can provide you with a free independent lifestyle.
5 - Charity Filmmaker
If you want to give back to the community, another option is to become a charity filmmaker. Charity companies often hire full-time videographers, this could be shooting commercials, online content or through documentary. I was recently introduced to a company local to me One Vision that provides film production to adults with disabilities. A lot of local councils also hire filmmakers to help with various community projects. I have known people to make a liveable income from a mix of charity filmmaking and corporate videography.
6 - Change Industry
If you are leaving the entertainment industry, the skills you have previously learned could be transferred over to another. Commercials are one route, often commercials / creative companies hire a range of full-time office staff and often hire full-time editors, directors, and writers. Major television studios such as the BBC will be continuously hiring staff in all disciplines. Then there are alternative industry’s, Games hires directors, writers and production staff, Fashion has started hiring videographers and editors, News and Journalism are increasing becoming more multimedia.
7 - Film Criticism
If you are passionate about film but not so much filmmaking, perhaps criticism is for you. Paid film writing and criticism work does exist especially online. The internet is in need of skilled copywriters for film reviews and articles on the film industry. I have found from running my own blog that in time people will contact you with paid writing work once they can see your previous writing online. It will take time to build up a portfolio, trust and talent but there will be enough work out there if you keep pursuing it.
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8 - Leave Production
Consider working in development, post-production or exhibition. A lot of problems with filmmaking (long work hours, insecure pay) happen during production. Development for commercials or television often hires full-time writers. Post production houses hire full-time editors and CGI work hires more staff than any other in Hollywood. Exhibition could involve working in film distribution or showcasing films such as at festivals or local cinema. Have a look to see what alternative jobs there are in film, Screen Skills have more details here.
9 - Have Fun
Lastly, make films for fun. You don’t have to work in the film industry if you love films. Often making a hobby a serious career pursuit can take away the fun from it. You can work any career outside of film or entertainment, likely this will not only make you more money but give you more time to make films.
I hope this post have helped spark some ideas if your planning on leaving the entertainment industry. If you have any more ideas or want to discuss this issue you can write a comment below or contact me via Twitter @amyclarkefilms