There has been a shift over the last several years in the entertainment industry. Telecommuting opportunities have been on the rise, as businesses and workers alike have been seeing the benefits of remote work.

Unsurprisingly, the pandemic made a significant impact on this trend. Productions were largely put on hold, which left many workers out of jobs. Now that it seems the pandemic is coming to a halt, opportunities are beginning to open back up. And we can expect more companies to invest in creating a remote work structure for the foreseeable future.

Whether you’re looking to start a career in the entertainment industry or you’re in rebuilding mode, work-from-opportunities are coming back. And OH! Films has some practical tips for how you can take advantage!

Look into your opportunities.

There are many entertainment jobs that can be done from home. If you’re a writer, you could work in a variety of fields. You could be a reporter for a print or online media publication, a scriptwriter for television or film, a content creator for a digital marketing firm—the list goes on. If you have experience in video production, you could work for a production company. And if you’re an audio engineer technician, you could work for a music studio or for the artists themselves.

When a lot of people hear the term “entertainment industry,” they think of actors. With major studios shutting down for the past year-plus in Hollywood and other locations, only a handful of actors have been able to work. There will be new opportunities opening up for aspiring actors down the road. But if you’re looking for work now, then you might consider narrating audiobooks or teaching virtual acting lessons.

Join an online job board.

All of the jobs mentioned above—and many more—can be done freelance. If you don’t want to work as an employee for a company, then freelancing might be the best path forward.

Freelancing may not provide the consistency that comes with a regular job at first. But if you provide exceptional services and work hard at marketing yourself, then you can build up a solid client base and scale at your own pace. For example, if you commit to broadening your skillset as an actor, you could become one of the best audiobook narrators on the web! Sign up for an online job board to start connecting with potential clients.

Dedicate a workspace.

Whatever kind of work you do, it’s essential that you have a designated space for that work. Working from the couch may sound like a dream to someone who’s stuck in a cubicle, but it gets old fast and makes it hard to stay productive. Make sure you have a space in the home that minimizes distractions and motivates you to get your tasks done.

Maintain structure.

Just as you need a workspace, you need work hours. Otherwise, you’ll constantly be at the whim of others, and it will be next to impossible to keep up with your workload. Establish office hours with your family, and make sure everyone is on the same page so that you don’t have to worry about frequent interruptions.

The entertainment industry has looked a lot different since the pandemic hit. Fortunately, it appears that things will pick back up. But you don’t have to wait for production to be in full swing before you get out there and find a work-from-home job! Remember to research and consider all of your options, and join an online job board if you think freelancing might be up your alley. And of course, be sure to carve out a designated workspace and establish office hours so you can stay productive!

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