Entertainment Careers

  • Directory of Photography (DP) or Cinematographer
    The camera serves as the audience’s eye into worlds that are strange, dramatic, and fascinating. Through film and television the viewer suspends disbelief to accompany the cast on an adventure—to end in catastrophe or celebration. The director of photography is...
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    The director of publicity for a record label oversees the functions of the publicity and press relations staff in support of artists signed to the label. He or she is tasked with developing a publicity campaign for the artist through collaboration with the department staff...
  • Dolly Grip
    The dolly grip is not the designated Barbie wrangler, but a specialist member of the grip department. 
  • Dramaturg
    Merriam-Webster defines dramaturgy as the art or technique of dramatic composition and theatrical representation, but that gives little indication as to what a dramaturg actually does. In American theater the job description is often very loosely defined, but generally...
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    Musicians are notoriously protective of their instruments and rely on specially trained technicians to care for and maintain their gear. A drum tech, like a guitar technician, must be highly skilled and reliable to earn the trust of the musician and cultivate a lasting...
  • Economics Designer
    The economy is not just something pundits expound upon on 24-hour cable news stations or people worry about as their mortgage payment comes up. In video games, the economy often makes the game worth playing, creating value and offering rewards to gamers. It is the duty of...
  • Editor_thumbnail
    With an artful eye and technical skill, the editor painstakingly pores over hours of footage to select the best takes and links them together. This artist/technician creatively draws out the emotion of the story, building suspense, humor, melancholy, and joy.
  • Effects Artist_thumb
    Within game art there are a number of specialties, including that of visual effects; this can range from combustion and particle effects to water, wind, or foliage. Effects artists (or FX artists) are responsible for creating these assets for regular gameplay and cinematic...
  • Engine Programmer_thumb
    The engine programmer contributes to the design, addition, and modification of code and features that are built to enhance performance within a video game’s engine. This person works under the supervision of the engine lead and engine director to optimize memory and CPU...
  • Entertainment Journalist_thumb
    Entertainment journalists cover the news and events within the industries of film, television, music, live events, video games, and others. They dig up the stories of the latest Hollywood developments and follow the progress of next year’s major game releases, all for the...
  • Environment Artist_thumbnail
    Games like the Final Fantasy series and Fable II are known for their exceptionally vivid environments. Video games present artists and designers with remarkable freedom to imagine expansive worlds that enhance the player’s experience and envelop the audience in a truly...
  • EPK Producer
    Electronic press kits, or EPKs, are commissioned by film and television production companies for use in publicity material sent to members of the media, as DVD extras, and in promotional packages. The footage included in the EPK usually consists of behind-the-scenes shots...
  • Event Coordinator
    The event coordinator works under the direction of the event manager and is employed by event production companies that plan and staff functions like trade shows, conventions, award shows, and corporate parties. This role is similar to that of a stage manager or assistant...
  • Event Promoter_thumb
    When P.T. Barnum, “the patron saint of promoters,” wanted to market an event, he didn’t sell tickets—he sold an once-in-a-lifetime experience you couldn’t afford to miss, “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Pioneering strategies for attracting the masses made Barnum the foremost...
  • Executive Producer_thumb
    In many ways, television production departs greatly from the formula for filmmaking, as do the job functions associated with certain titles. On a television series, the executive producer may be creator and chief writer of the product. This person is the ultimate creative...
  • Film Archivist_thumb
    In over a century of filmmaking, there have been thousands upon thousands of scenes put to film. To preserve this long and rich cinematic history, film archivists are on the job. A lot like a movie librarian, a film archivist makes sure that films are preserved for future...
  • Film Producer_thumb
    This title must be one of the most misused and misunderstood in the film industry—so much so that, after the stampede of producers that took the stage to accept the Best Picture Oscar for Shakespeare in Love, the Academy instituted a three-person limit to the nomination...
  • Film Sales Agent
    Independent filmmakers can spend years coming up with the perfect idea, scraping together the funding to shoot, and finally completing that masterpiece—but the film may be relegated to the shelf if it cannot be sold to exhibitors. Film sales agents represent filmmakers in...
  • First Assistant Director_thumbnail
    The first assistant director is responsible to the director, and is chiefly concerned with facilitating a smooth workflow on set and serving the needs of the director. This person begins work during pre-production and is typically handpicked by the director. In some...
  • Flash Developer
    The mass population of Internet surfers is utterly addicted to Flash games hosted on social networking sites like Facebook, or through online gaming services like Pogo. The demand for skilled Flash developers is high, and this is a unique field that allows amateurs to...