I’m writing this for all of you trying to pursue a career in the entertainment industry and chose an MBA to get there. I am currently a second year student in a top MBA program in the U.S. and yes, I’m pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. An MBA is a valuable investment! And in most of the cases not a small one! Let make things clear for everyone who did not enroll yet in an MBA program: if you wish to work with a hot producer, directly in the recording studio, or if you want to give directions on a movie set, forget about the MBA.
On the contrary if you are thinking about valuation, finance, business development, market analysis, strategy or consulting in any areas of the entertainment (music, sport, film, gaming, etc), than an MBA might actually help you. Believe it or not, behind the scenes of the glamorous lives of stars, running the numbers and the business are a lot of MBA alumni!
How to get there? The bad news is that very few entertainment companies recruit on campus. The good news is that they recruit though! The key to success, is pretty much defined by two words, exposure to the industry and networking!
How can you do that? While in business school, find and develop contacts with the alumni who are working in the industry! In most cases they are really friendly and willing to help! It’s also useful if you expose yourself as much as possible! Go to conferences, use twitter, use a blog, anything that can be tracked and help you share your opinions on hot topics from your desired industry.
A couple of ideas: conferences: Media and Entertainment Conference (mbamec.com), the blog site developed by MBA students pursuing careers in entertainment, waveer.com. After you register, you are free to share your ideas with the rest of the world.
Why is blogging helpful? These days there’s a blog about almost everything-from the daily headlines to pictures of pets in embarrassing costumes. That’s not surprising given blogs are easy to start, usually free, and a great way to tell the world what you’re thinking. But what many people don’t realize is that a blog can also be a vital tool for job hunting.
Starting a professional blog shows employers that you’re engaged in your field, eager to learn, and committed to keeping up with industry trends. “Today’s job market is so competitive that you have to do as much as possible to stand out,” says Alison Doyle, author of Internet Your Way to a New Job: How to Really Find a Job Online. “Your blog can convey more to a hiring manager than a resume.”
I wish you all to find your dream job and I hope the above tips helped somehow.