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Explore Career Paths
What does it mean to work in fields such as Arts Administration, Film & Television, Public Relations, Publishing and more? Read more below about each of these areas, plus discover industry specific job boards to search for internships and full time positions.
- Arts Administration
- Film & Television
- Music Performance
- Public Relations & Communications
- Radio & Podcasting
- Writing & Publishing
Arts administration encompasses all the varied roles required to make performing, visual and theater arts happen. This can include stage management, fundraising, marketing, artistic planning (the coordination and booking of artists, performer and artist relations, and artistic programming) and more!
Having coursework or hands on experience as a performer or artist yourself is a big benefit to working in this field.
There are many different roles required to make a movie or television show. From production, casting, writing to post-production and distribution and more, there are a wide array of positions required to make the industry function, just look at the ending credits of every movie or television show!
Most jobs in the film and television industry are located in Los Angeles, New York or Atlanta, but there are similar roles at public television stations all around the country as well. Many recent grads start their careers in production assistant or executive assistant roles.
The first thing you need to succeed as a musician is practice, and the second thing is determination. You may work as a full time orchestral performer in one large orchestra or you may make your living performing in many regional, per-service orchestras and ensembles, and other various gigs. Musicians also often cultivate a private teaching studio as another source of income. Additionally many musicians create their own performance opportunities, this requires entrepreneurial initiative but is a great way to ensure creative fulfillment!
If you’re a member of the musicians union you also get regular access to audition announcements – https://www.afm.org/
Roles in public relations and the broader umbrella of communications are some of the most versatile and broad reaching types of positions that you will find across every industry and sector. Working in PR or Communications can take you to a small non-profit organization or to a Fortune 500 Company. You might work in tech, media, government or healthcare sectors. The unifying characteristic is that these roles are defined by their ability to talk to the public or audience about the company or clients they work for. They shape the conversation and narrative around an organization through their writing and creative communications.
While there are many similarities between film and television production, radio and podcasting require their own unique skill set and competencies. One of the best ways to build those skills is to make your own podcast, and the good news is that it’s very easy to get started on your own. A lot of radio and podcasting professionals start out by freelancing so it is key to have samples of your work. While you’re on campus be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to work at WSUM!
Roles in publishing can include roles such as agent, editor, designer, sales, distribution and more. The publishing industry is almost exclusively centered in New York City, although there are smaller indie publishing houses based in other cities around the country including University of Wisconsin Press right here in Madison. If you’re interested in earning money from your writing you can find work as a copywriter, or submit your personal nonfiction, fiction or poetry writing to literary journals.
Communications, Entertainment, & the Arts FAQ
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Can I put class or personal projects on my resume?
Yes! If your class projects helped you hone your skills and experience in a particular professional area (writing, marketing, podcasting, filmmaking) then you absolutely can and should include those significant projects on your resume. Similarly if you are working as a photographer, videographer or musician outside of school and those activities are relevant to the position you’re applying for then they should absolutely be included as well.
If I don’t know what I can or want to do when I graduate, should I just go to grad school?
Don’t rush into it! Grad school can be an incredibly valuable experience. However what it’s not good for is as a stop gap measure to put off the hard work of entering the job market. Grad school is a huge commitment, financially and intellectually and should be carefully considered. Sometimes a year or two of full time work can open you up to a whole new realm of possibilities both in the job world and for grad school.
Will I make any money when I graduate as a music major?
There are many possibilities. Many music majors support themselves after college by freelancing and building up a private teaching studio of students. Some move to cities like Chicago or Minneapolis where the market for freelance opportunities is larger. Many music majors create their own opportunities, by forming performing ensembles (Genghis Barbie, Mr. Chair Music) or founding festivals (Madison New Music Festival, LunArt Festival). Others leverage the skills they gained in their major (collaboration, creative thinking, quick learning, dedication, and resilience) into roles both in arts organizations and outside of them. Most music majors do a mix in order to keep themselves financially supported and creatively fulfilled! Finding what that balance looks like is up to you.
Do I need an MBA to go into arts administration?
Not necessarily! There are many fantastic MBA programs focused specifically on arts administration (including here at UW!). These programs are particularly well suited to people who are looking to lead arts organizations, however, are not a necessity especially if you’re just starting out in the industry. Oftentimes the most valuable thing you can bring to an arts organization is a thorough knowledge of and personal experience with the arts.
If I don’t get a salaried job in my chosen industry right out of college, does that mean my major wasn’t worthwhile?
Not at all! There’s two ways of looking at a major like Music, Communication Arts, History or English; you can think “well there’s no career path so this isn’t worthwhile” OR you can say “there’s no clearly defined career path so I can make my career whatever I want it to be”. Chances are good that your career path will not be a straight line or an obvious ladder to climb right to the top. Breaking into these industries, especially the creative fields like writing, entertainment, media production and music, is often a multi-year long endeavor that requires both resilience and flexibility. Just because you don’t have your dream job right out of college doesn’t mean you never will and certainly doesn’t make you a failure.