So you’ve gotten a job in the theater world, but now what? For me, it was gaining an internship with a PR firm that represented Broadway shows. It was my first time working in the entertainment industry and I was thrown right into it so I had no idea what to expect or how to behave! There were definitely things I wish I knew.
Once you start off your internship you may be thrown into a prestigious industry where you will be interacting with important, along with famous, people. The most important thing you have to remember is to always act professional. It doesn’t matter if you’re working with your favorite celebrity or an important industry player you always have to act in a professional manner. I remember my first week at the internship I went to mediate a client at a Live! With Kelly taping where Ben Stiller and Chris Hemsworth were being interviewed and had to act calm, cool, and collective. It takes some practice!
I learned to maximize my experience by taking advantage of networking opportunities in a big city atmosphere. I knew I wanted to pursue a career in this field but it was hard going to school in Florida. The summer was the only opportunity I had to so I needed to make the most of it! I purchased business cards off of vistaprint.com that cost less than 10 dollars. This came in handy anytime I was at meeting, events, or even at shows for my own personal entertainment. If I came in contact with someone that was in the industry I swapped business cards with him or her. Most people were impressed that a student had business cards made. I highly recommend getting some made because they are a quick an easy way to exchange contact information. It’s not about who you know, it’s about who knows YOU! This was a great way to make a lasting impression and I am still in touch with multiple because I exchanged cards with last summer.
Overall, working in the theater world taught me to always be polite, kind, and friendly because the community is small and you never know who you are talking to. If you follow this advice you are sure to have an awesome experience and make some great connections!
This blog was written by Nicole Heyman, our Campus Ambassador at the University of Central Florida. She is an AD/PR major and headed back to NYC this summer to pursue her dream internship. You can follow her on twitter @iamnicolerose