Just like being in front of the camera, people break into the entertainment industry in different ways. We all have our own stories. Luckily these days, top industry professionals offer programs to help you "skip" the line. Now, don't get it twisted. These programs are not shoe-ins. Just because you are accepted and excel in a program doesn't mean that you will get hired after walking across the proverbial stage with your certificate of completion. The industry has its ups and downs, high and lows. You may be the best writer or director out there but if the industry isn't looking for you...you won't be found. With that said, we're all just looking to perfect our craft. So instead of looking at these programs as the fountain of youth that will fix all of your unemployment problems, look at them as an opportunity to develop your skills not only with professionals but with your peers, who will soon be running the industry.
Shannan E. Johnson, a writer who doesn't write.