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Entertainment Industry Jobs - A Guided Tour Before Jumping In

John Wellington

There are entertainment industry jobs available for just about anyone who wants to be an extra in a movie. Extras are always needed for every kind of films, and a specific look is not always required. Producers will be interested in all types of people, and though most of these entertainment industry jobs do not have speaking parts, they do give people without necessarily any type of acting ability a chance to participate.

When were young and full of ideals, we consider only the cream in the world of entertainment industry jobs and, if we feel entertainment is our calling, aim for acting, directing, or maybe writing roles. But there are also thousands of other equally important positions available, from the grips to the CGI assistants to the editors, of both the writing and the film. And this is just for the movie industry. What about those reality shows like Survivor and The Amazing Race? Take just the singers alone, how many different styles and types of entertainment industry jobs are there? There are the cruise ship singers, the piano lounge singers, the so-accused Chippendale and Karaoke performers and many more. Put another way, not every one is cut out to be a rock star or a pop icon. And again, that reference is to just one show, one niche in the industry, one genre, one example of millions possible.

That`s just television alone. Theres also film, music, theatre, etc. Then think about the entertainment industry jobs within subordinate yet collaborative niches: take for instance, what besides Survivor or any other hot shows, is one of the biggest selling events on Television? Football! Cheerleaders, Announcers. This makes us think of newscasters, maybe camera men, then what about those special effects professionals. Come up with your own associations list. While you are doing that, remember the execs, the emcees, the paper-pushers, the makeup artists, the go-cart mechanics and caterers, etc. I will round up a couple more sources for entertainment industry jobs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics features entertainment industry jobs, and discusses and describes the job duties, the trends, the requirements, and much more for thousands of jobs. (Their site, bls.gov, reminds me of other entertainment industry jobs, like amusement park attendants and entertainers, hotel work, museum work, etc. etc.!)

Go through the entertainment industry jobs boards as well. Many have a database of information and resources to help you define, determine, and decide what to go for. Some will require a couple of dollars, while others may offer a free trial period.

While you`re at it, check up the union - the union websites like screenwriters guilds, etcl. You will certainly end up finding a huge or tiny but imperative position!

http://Entertainment-Resource-Directory.com provides the latest news, reviews, articles and write-ups on all entertainment related subjects including music, movies, performance art and more.

Sonata: For Piccolo and Piano

American Music Teacher , April-May, 2006 by Alice Hammel

Sonata: For Piccolo and Piano, by Gary Schocker. Theodore Presser Co., (588 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia, PA 19406), 2005. Piccolo and Piano: 20 pp; Piccolo: 8 pp.

Zart Dombourian-Eby, a highly regarded piccoloist and flutist, definitely made a wise decision when she commissioned Gary Schocker to compose Sonata: For Piccolo and Piano. Schocker is the most published, living flute composer and has composed for other instruments, as well as for voice. He is also a well-respected teacher and has presented master classes worldwide. His works are rapidly becoming staples of flute repertoire and are appreciated for their craftsmanship and balanced compositional style, as well as their appeal to musicians and flutists in particular.

Sonata: For Piccolo and Piano is another outstanding addition to Schocker`s growing list of compositional successes. It is a four-movement work that represents a continuation of his stylistic use of lyrical and memorable motives that are seamlessly woven throughout his works.

Schocker`s use of a conversational style between the piano and piccolo create a high level of interest in the journey the two instruments take throughout the piece. This work has a neoclassical feel and sounds familiar from the first listening because of the artistic development of the motives presented. The fourth movement has an American folksong style, reminiscent of Aaron Copland and includes a snippet of "Shortnin` Bread."

The chirp-like conversation between the piccolo and piano are a common thread throughout the piece and the listener is drawn into the story and is sometimes surprised by the creative turns the conversation takes. The difficulty level of the piece is high and will require a performer with an advanced level of technical and artistic ability. This sonata is definitely a welcome addition to the piccolo repertoire and will be performed often. Reviewed by Alice Hammel, Richmond, Virginia.

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