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Is Being a Producer the Right Career for You?

By Peppertan

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There are many careers to take on in the entertainment industry. From actor to stagehand and director to set crew, there’s so much to do! It can be hard to narrow down what role you’d like to take in the business. Read below to see if being a Producer is the right position for you.

Training

For most producers, a bachelor’s degrees from a university or art school is imperative. Degrees in acting, journalism, communications, or film are all options. The next step in training to be a producer is usually an internship. Take Heather Parry, producer of well-known titles like A Star Is Born, for example. Parry graduated from Colorado State University but started her career with an internship on “The Dennis Miller Show” before landing other big titles like The Longest Yard and Get Rich or Die Tryin’.

Key Skills

Critical thinking, decision making, and time-management are just a few of the key skills producers utilize on a day-to-day basis. They are involved in hiring actors and necessary crew members, overseeing idea development, and selecting scripts and directors.  Not only do producers need to have creativity, but they also require a keen business sense as they help secure finances for TV or film projects.

Compensation

The salary can vary from one producer to the next and prestige and high pay usually comes only to a select few. As of 2015, the median income for movie producers was $68,440 per year.  Many fresh producers can expect a lower wage while more seasoned veterans of production can expect a higher earning. However, the higher paychecks may come with their fair share of long nights, stressful days and plenty of hard work.

If you think you have the skills and passion to become a producer, there are plenty of avenues you can take to get there. Try speaking with others in the field for an even better idea of what your life as a TV or movie producer will be.

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