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State of the Union: Christopher Keyser

Breaking into television, film, and new media writing is undeniably a challenge, but once you’re in, standardized wages, required pension and health coverage, and residuals keep writers in business. Fighting for those benefits is the Writers Guild of America, a union that lobbies for adequate compensation for writers.

Oscar Dominguez: Lighting Design on 'The Voice'

If you’re having trouble getting a job, ask dad for help. That’s how Oscar Dominguez landed his first post-high school gig.

There was a little television studio not far from a restaurant that my father ran, a little Mexican place,” Oscar says. “[The studio] guys would stop in from time to time. [My dad] went over and said, ‘Hey, my son’s all right at fixing stuff and he’s relatively clever. Could you guys give him a job?’”

Chuck Sheetz: Directing 'The Simpsons'

Photo: FOXPhoto: FOXAs a kid in Philadelphia in the 1960s and ’70s, Sheetz fell in love with shows like Ralph Bakshi’s Mighty Heroes and old black-and-white Popeye cartoons from the 1930s, which prompted him to shoot his own three-minute animated film. But he didn’t have an animation career in mind when he enrolled in film school at UCLA. In fact, if his roommate hadn’t said, “I’m going to take an animation class.

Handpicked: Lindsay Wolfington

Moving into the profession of music supervision through an unpaid internship she landed thanks to networking connections from a fellow college alum, Wolfington was hired into a full-time position one week after working with supervisors Madonna Wade-Reed and Jennifer Pyken.

Last Laugh: Dave Finkel

Photo credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOXPhoto credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOXComedy is all fun and games until your contract calls for 25 episodes per season. For Dave Finkel, current New Girl executive producer, it can be sleepless, frustrating work.

In Focus: Bonnie Blake

Female camera operators are still the exception in film and TV, but that never deterred Bonnie Blake, who’s carved out an impressive career. She’s always in demand, and her credits read like a list of TV’s biggest hits, from Malcolm in the Middle to Monk to CSI: NY.

Storytellers: Lesli Linka Glatter

Lesli Linka Glatter may not be a household name, but the movies and television shows she’s worked on certainly are. Her television accolades are too extensive to cover, but include such critically acclaimed shows as True Blood, House, Weeds, ER, and The West Wing.

The Sound of Silence: Darryl L. Frank

Despite its unlikely premise, Breaking Bad’s commitment to making the morally complex world of lead character Walter White real is what makes the series palatable to audiences who don’t have a background in dealing meth. The show’s production sound mixer, Darryl L. Frank, is a vital part of that authenticity.

Laugh Factory: Michael Schaubach

CollegeHumor’s goal may be to tickle your funny bone, but in the editing room, it’s anything but fun and games. Churning out between five and 12 videos per week, the comedy megabrand’s site brings in more than 15 million unique users every month, while its original material garners more than 100 million monthly views.