ASK THE INTERN QUEEN
Q: Hi Lauren,
I am a Penn State student from the Smeal business school. I am graduating in
May and I really did some soul searching and found that the entertainment
industry is where I need to be. I am passionate, I have the drive, and I am
persistent. However, when I message someone, I barely get a call or message
back! Everyone's so busy that I just don't even get the chance to prove
myself.. I did finally get an internship, but they said that they can't make
a promise of a job. I really want to work in the industry yet I don't know
how to get in. I want to specifically work in the promotions/ publicity
section. I just really need some advice right now. What can I do? Who can I
talk to? Thanks for your time. I really appreciate it!
A: Hello Anuradha,
Thanks for writing in. I think that’s great that you have identified exactly what you want to do - as so many people haven't. Entertainment internships can be fickle because often times they do not lead directly to jobs however they can lead to jobs indirectly. Your job at your internship - especially within the entertainment biz - is to network with as many people as possible. In Hollywood, networking with the assistants are going to be key. When looking for an internship, I would suggest going to a PR Firm or Entertainment company with heavy turnover so you are more likely to land a job. I would encourage you to check out the BWR Public Relations opportunities on my site in both New York and Los Angeles - as they have a pretty high turnover as far as assistants go. Remember, to stay in touch with all of the assistants around you. Ask them what tracking boards they belong to. Get the UTA Job List, as that is Hollywood's inside source for entertainment jobs. Apply for as many PR positions as you can and make it your priority to land something. Good luck!
"The Intern Queen"