Making Your Big Break In Kids Media

Eric and I recently received a lovely letter from someone in El Salvador. Claudia is a recent graduate who really wants to take her career into the world of children’s media and wanted some advice on how to get involved – what better reason to write a blog post?

All the usual clichés of the wider entertainment industry still apply; it’s super competitive, not all fun and games and not always what, but who you know. Still, more specifically, what advice would you give to someone looking to make their big break, creating content for kids?

I’ll start with three things I think are most important, but would love to hear some other professionals share their wisdom and help newcomers like Claudia find their way.

Focus.

Whatever goal or position you want to achieve, be specific and keep trying to get there. Telling people you want to work in the media is too vague. Think of it like this, if Steven Spielberg showed up on your doorstep and asked you to help him make a movie, what would you tell him you want to do?

Now there’s a caveat to this I wish someone had told me when I graduated. Unless you’re best friends with someone like Mr. Spielberg, you’re not going to simply graduate and become a Producer or Director overnight. College is merely the first step on that path, so figure out the route you need to take to get where you want to go.

Join In.

Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Blogs – the opportunity to discover what kids media conversations are occurring right now is immense. Learn from others, but don’t be shy; contribute your own thoughts and ideas too! Don’t be afraid to share your work either, it’s what will get you noticed.

Do Do Do.

I don’t have any solid evidence to back this statement up, but I bet Picasso’s first painting wasn’t as good as his last. Whatever creative skill you want to develop, design, animation, photography, writing, or whatever; you have to keep doing it all the time. It’s the only way you’ll get better. Again, tell the world about your work, get noticed.

So there you go! I would love some other professionals to chime in with their tips, and likewise if you’re looking for advice, be sure to get in touch.

4 Comments

  1. Posted May 28, 2010 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    This is a great post! Readers might also be interested in my article about how to get an internship in kids media.

  2. Posted May 28, 2010 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Thanks Traci, that’s a really useful post you’ve got there.

    I remember when I graduated, getting an Internship in the U.S. was a mystery to me. Thank you for sharing :)

  3. Posted June 9, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    We are looking for wonderful and talented children’s media producers! If you are an animator, producer or owner of a kids TV show… contact us!

    http://amebatv.com/home/signup/contributors.html

  4. Posted February 4, 2012 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Hi Shane, thanks for the post. Great to hear this passion…been doing children’s media for 20+ years myself and sometimes with head down we forget to look up and find what others are into…thanks for the share. Check out: http://www.commongoodradio.org and let me know what you think. Blessings.

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