You’ve been trying to land your dream job for years. You’ve sent out hundreds of resumes, attended dozens of interviews, and have interviewed even more candidates.
You’re waiting by the phone and hoping that they call you back but no one ever does. It’s time to get proactive. In this post, we’ll show you how to land your dream job as an executive producer (EP).
Tip 1: Don’t Rely On A Single Revenue Stream
Tip 1: Don’t rely on a single revenue stream. As an executive producer, you won’t have a set salary or paycheck coming in every week. You need to be prepared to earn money from a variety of sources and accounts some predictable, some not so much.
That means you should always be open to trying new things, whether it’s applying for new grants or working with other organizations that can help bring in revenue streams for your project. It’s okay if the first few times don’t work out!
There are plenty more opportunities out there for people who are willing to take risks and learn from their mistakes.
Tip 2: Work With An Established, Trusted Name
The second tip for landing your dream job as an executive producer is to work with an established, trusted name. This can be a company or individual that has been around for a while and is well known in the industry. One example of this type of company would be Disney.
Another example would be working with someone who has worked on similar projects before, such as working on a film set or producing a show at their college.
When working with these types of companies and people, it’s important to keep in mind that they have reputations that need protecting as well as employees whose jobs depend on them being able to do so (and pay their bills).
Just because you want something doesn’t mean they’re obligated to give it to you just because they like your work ethic or personality the reputation needs protecting first!
They may not even know who you are yet since most people don’t usually go from zero recognition up through associate producer all at once; rather there are steps along the way where one builds upon another’s successes until reaching higher levels each time.”
Tip 3: Maintain A Healthy Work-Life Balance
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is crucial for anyone who wants to succeed in the film industry. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all, but taking time off is essential if you don’t want to burn out or lose your mind!
Being able to relax can keep your creativity flowing, so try not to overwork yourself at all costs.
If possible, take a weekend off now and then or schedule some R&R time into your schedule this will help prevent burnout and make sure that you’re getting enough rest between projects.
Tip 4: Remember That Business Is Just As Important As Creativity
You’re not just hired to make the show; you’re also hired to run it, and one of the most important parts of your role is managing budgets, staffing, and organization.
Your job is to set up systems that will help everyone on your team do their best work and be successful in their careers.
Tip 5: Get An Agent
You’ll want to get an agent if you’re serious about landing your dream job.
An agent can help you find and land the right roles for your talent, as well as negotiate for higher pay. Agents in Los Angeles have connections with casting directors, producers, and other actors who can help them bring in more opportunities for their clients.
To find an agent:
Research agents who specialize in roles similar to yours. For example, if you’re looking to be cast as a nurse on a show (like Grey’s Anatomy), then look up “nurse” within that industry on Casting Networks or Breakdown Services.
These sites list all the current listings on various TV shows being produced around Hollywood so that people like us know what shows are hiring right now and we can contact those companies directly without ever having met them before!
This will help make sure that our emails don’t go unanswered or ignored by busy production teams!
Tip 6: Excel at using modern technology
When it comes to landing your dream job, you need to be a pro at using the latest tech tools. That means:
Using social media to your advantage. Posting about your work online is a great way to build a name for yourself and make connections with other people in the industry.
It can also help you get noticed by recruiters who might not otherwise see your resume or cover letter. Plus, it’s just plain fun!
Use tools like Slack, Trello, and Asana so that all of your work gets organized in one place, and make sure everyone else on the team knows what they’re supposed to be doing too!
Utilizing a CRM like Salesforce (or another contact management software) so that everyone has access to up-to-date contact info before they do any cold calling or outreach emails out into the world wide web of potential employers
Tip 7: Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For More Money
If you’re going to be dealing with a lot of money, it’s important that you know how much you’re worth. Don’t be afraid to ask for more money in your negotiations.
If they’re not offering enough, explain why they should pay more until they do. You might even have some leverage if other candidates are being considered who would accept less than what you’re willing to take.
This can sometimes convince the hiring manager that she needs to increase her offer if she wants to bring on someone who can get the job done well and quickly.
Tip 8: Write For The Screen. Read For The Screen. Watch Movies For The Screen
One of the best ways to up your screenwriting game is by reading screenplays. You can read them for inspiration, practice, ideas, or all three.
Read screenplays for inspiration. When you’re stuck on a story or need inspiration for something new, pick up a few scripts and see what other writers are doing. You never know where you might find some ideas!
Read screenplays for practice. Reading screenplays is great practice because it allows you to see how others have handled similar situations in their own stories. (Learning from someone else’s mistakes is always more effective than making them yourself.)
Read screenplays for ideas. If you want an outside perspective on your own story but don’t have anyone else to bounce ideas from, reading another writer’s script can give insight into how they approached similar problems in their stories.
And shows different ways of looking at an issue without risking any hurt feelings if things don’t go well with whatever project it was that inspired the idea… because after all, it wasn’t theirs!
Tip 9: Network At Every Opportunity. But Be Genuine
When it comes to networking, there is a fine line between being too eager and not being eager enough. Here are some tips for finding your balance:
Be yourself: If you’re only interested in talking about movies, don’t try to force the conversation into other topics just because someone else you’re talking with knows more about something else that isn’t movie-related.
If the other person does have expertise in another field or area of interest, go ahead and ask questions! But if not, don’t worry about it too much you’ll be able to talk about why The Social Network is an amazing film at another time.
Be open: When meeting new people who are different from you in terms of their background and experience resist the urge to judge them based on their appearance (clothes, hair style/color).
Try instead to be curious about what they have to say and ask genuine questions so that they feel comfortable opening up.
Tip 10: Say Yes To Opportunities, Even If You’re Scared
There’s no such thing as a “perfect” job. No one is going to give you the exact role, at the exact time, for the exact amount of money that you want and need.
Your dream job doesn’t exist, so don’t worry about finding it. Instead, focus on taking advantage of opportunities and learning from every experience whether it’s good or bad to get closer to your ultimate goal.
When an opportunity comes up for which you’re not sure whether or not it’s right for you or your career goals, ask yourself these questions:
- What do I have to gain from saying yes?
- Will this help me achieve my goals? If so, how?
- What could happen if I say no instead? And how would that positively impact me down the road (e.g., giving me more time to pursue other things)?
Tip 11: Realize That There Is No Such Thing As A “Perfect Time” Or A “Perfect Opportunity”
In the end, you’ll find that there is no such thing as a perfect opportunity. There’s no such thing as a perfect time. There’s no such thing as a perfect job (or boss or co-worker).
And it’s this realization that will help you land your dream job: because if you don’t let fear hold you back from pursuing opportunities when they arise, then eventually one will come along for which all of the elements align in just the right way and then you’ll have landed your dream job!
So, to recap: don’t rely on a single revenue stream, work with an established, trusted name, maintain a healthy work-life balance, and remember that business is just as important as creativity;
Get an agent; excel at using modern technology; don’t be afraid to ask for more money; write for the screen.
Read for the screen. Watch movies for the screen; network at every opportunity but be genuine and say yes to opportunities even if they scare you!