Entertainment Careers

  • Flyman
    Flys, not flies, refer to the permanent weighted batten systems in theatrical venues that are used to raise and lower scenery and electrics on stage. To fly something in or out is to raise or lower an object on deck via this system. Many theaters have made the conversion to...
  • Foley Artist
    Jack Donovan Foley is the father of motion picture sound effects. Though he never received a screen credit for his work, Foley invented many of the techniques for creating (or re-creating) sound effects for film, television, and radio. During the filming of Spartacus (1960...
  • Front of House Engineer_thumbnail
    More than any other person, the FOH engineer controls what the audience hears during a live performance. His or her primary concern is to ensure superior sound quality within the venue. To do that, the engineer must blend together instruments and vocals to achieve a...
  • Front-End Developer
    The title of the front-end developer can be applied to numerous responsibilities within the game development industry, but in this case, the developer is an artist and programmer who works on a creative team to design, build, and maintain applications and online presence to...
  • FX Technical Director
    Realistic particle and fluid effects are among the most challenging visual effects to recreate in the digital environment. Such effects include fire, smoke, moving water, air debris, snow, and clouds. To accomplish a convincing sequence involving these effects, studios rely...
  • Gaffer
    Lighting is one of the most important components to setting up the perfect shot. Proper lighting completes the scene by adding a dark and gloomy hue to an ominous rainy night, or sundrenched haze on a deserted island. Directors cannot rely on natural lighting to accomplish...
  • Game Designer_thumb
    Game design is becoming an increasingly specialized role—not everyone is cut out for the gig. To follow in the footsteps of Shigeru Miyamoto, Will Wright, and Brian Reynolds takes someone of uncommon artistic talent, technical proficiency, and imaginative vision.
  • Game Producer_thumb
    What a producer does can be a mystery to those outside a project, in any segment of the entertainment industry. Essentially, producers are leaders and facilitators who keep their entire team on the ball. In game development, the producer of a game is responsible for...
  • Game Tester_thumb
    People really do get paid to play video games: Quality assurance technicians, more commonly called game testers, help programmers and designers identify those obnoxious bugs that inevitably pop up during the development of a video game. Testers have a meticulous attention...
  • Game Writer
    Story has become an integral part of creating an exciting gameplay experience; to craft a rich, compelling narrative, game developers employ writers (in-house or freelance) to collaborate with the design team from concept to shipment. 
  • General Manager
    Once a producer has secured the rights for a theatrical show or other live event production, his or her next step is to hire a general manager. This person oversees all aspects of mounting a production on behalf of the producer, particularly the business and financial ...
  • Generalist Programmer
    In the game development industry, programmers are divided into two categories: specialists and generalists. Those who are adept in several areas of coding and able to easily switch gears from gameplay physics to systems and engine scripting are considered generalists and...
  • Generator Operator
    Most commonly referred to as the genny operator, this technician works under the direction of the gaffer (chief lighting technician) on films and television productions. His or her primary concern is the safe and proper operation of all electricity generators that supply...
  • Graphic Designer
    Across the full spectrum of the entertainment and media industries, there is a need for graphic designers to produce original art to be used for advertising, marketing, promotions, and PR materials. From movie posters to album covers and video game packaging to websites,...
  • Greensman_thumb
    When Marlon Brando clutched his heart and staggered to the ground in The Godfather, surrounded by his cherished tomato plants, did you ever spare a thought to wonder who actually maintained the Don’s famous garden? It was the work of a greensman, the member of the...
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    Grips are the “make it work” people. They are trained in the art of pulling solutions out of thin air. The grip department, as its namesake indicates, is the keeper of the bag of tricks, and good grips have a gadget or gizmo for every potential need—or they can...
  • Guitar Tech_thumbnail
    When a band graduates from headlining birthday parties to Bonnaroo, they can’t let a broken string or busted neck stop the rock. Above a certain level, every musician employs a dedicated tech to maintain, repair, and set up his or her instruments—not just any roadie...
  • Hairstylist_thumb
    With the flick of a comb, a hairstylist can characterize, set a time period or even illuminate a theme. Successful hairstyles can evoke a sense of drama or even comedy. They can be tied to certain eras and even to certain celebrities. Because of this, it cannot be...
  • House Manager
    The house manager is chiefly responsible for the care, comfort, and safety of the audience during every live performance at a show venue. This person is a supervisor over all departments related to the front of house operations and works closely with the stage manager.
  • Independent Radio Promoter
    The process of selecting songs for a radio station’s program rotation is neither arbitrary nor organic. Behind the scenes, independent radio promoters are pulling the strings, swaying the decisions of program directors.