I don't think journalism is the right major for you. You are correct in thinking that mass media/entertainment is a great way to touch the lives of many people. If you are thinking about one day being a television host, I would suggest some Universities that specialize in that area, however, LA is not the place for that and you often spend years working in a very small market and may never cross over. My instinct says no to journalism.
I can see you as a creator/producer of a show or series. Also, are you a creative writer ? Can you see yourself writing a screenplay ?
If you are to continue with school in Sept, I would try and focus on film/tv classes if offered, literature, psychology and sociology. The last two will help you understand
what makes people tick and what the mass population needs. Both subjects compliment each other and if you can, i would try to take them together or semester to semester.
In terms of your GPA, I am not super concerned. If you were going to apply to Graduate School yes, get those grades up. And your GPA will go up as you start studying subjects you really like.
One of the most valuable services a College has to offer is INTERNSHIPS. It is a must to apply for any internship that relates to the field you are interested in. I have hired countless interns after they have graduated. It is also something to start filling your resume with and employers love to see that you have had prior experience.
In terms of potentially moving to LA, yes I would go if a) you have secured a job relating to entertainment or a paid internship and b) if you were to be attending UCLA.
AMBER, DO NOT MOVE TO LA HOPING TO FIGURE THINGS OUT. IT WILL NOT WORK AND YOU WILL INCUR FINANCIAL DEBT.
I have no issue with you moving there in fact, it is not a bad idea to take a year off from school to experience what work life is like. It can help you determine how to move forward. Let's see if we can find you the right type of job. There is no point to you moving there to be a waitress. You can do that in VA, live at home, and save up your money. Does that make sense ?
GOALS: Save, establish good credit, track the job market through websites, estimate how much money you will need for the move and 18 months of survival, plus car and insurance
It's funny you mention you have been a Barista and worked in an Ice Cream Parlor and Retail. There are so few women in positions of power in the entertainment business that I always ask them that question. And we all have the same background of having worked in retail or customer service oriented areas. That exposure to the general public helps develop a specific skill set that applies to our business. So you are right on track Amber !
In terms of being shy, you are still so young in a good way. Enjoy being young as you have so many wonderful experiences ahead of you and you are just beginning to define who you are. I bet in 5 more years that shyness will be gone. I just feel it.
A great habit to start is to alway introduce yourself to people you don't know at an event, party ect.. first. Take the initiative, shake hands, and try to get their first and last name. Try to remember everyones name that you meet as it will serve you well in your future endeavors. This is how I train my new assistants and it has brought a lot of them out of their shell.
In terms of making money in entertainment, it is the type of industry were you start getting paid nothing, but if you stick with it and move up the ladder, in 5 - 10 years you can easily make 200% more than where you started and most industries do not increase by that much.
In terms of liking Tyler, I do agree that there are certain bio-chemical connections between people and especially if you have had a face to face encounter, it is possible there is that type of connection. Have you seen his episode on Punk'D ? I think that is the best way to see a celebrities true color.
Here are my goals for Amber:
1- You must establish credit. Strong Credit. That means ONLY CHARGING WHAT YOU CAN PAY FOR AT THE END OF THE MONTH !!!!!
Even if you can only charge $ 20.00 dollars a month, that is fine as long as you pay in full and on time. NEVER EVER PAY INTEREST ON A CREDIT CARD !!!
It is a big scam. Which means, never buy what you cannot afford, only use the credit card for what you have in the bank. The upside is we can make the credit card work for you. Most credit companies offer points. As you start paying more bills ect..., you will pay everything by credit and then pay off in FULL at the end of the month. You will also earn cash back points which turns in to money so you can actually be ahead.
For example, I charge everything possible including cable bill, cellphone ect..
If I earn 500 points per month, that is $ 5 cash dollars. Wait for it to build and before you know it, you will have $ 500.00 free dollars. That's a secret probably nobody your age knows about !
The other reason I want you to establish good credit is, a) you can't live in LA without a car and b) you will need good credit to rent an apartment and if you have no credit or bad credit you will be denied.
2- Savings. Each month, it is important to put 10% of our paycheck in a savings account. Set it up automatically and don't even think about it. You will thank me in ten years.
3- Start looking now at apt rentals and car costs. Know exactly how much money you need to have before going out there and go for it. If you need two jobs to make the cash, do it. If this is your dream, see it through and best prepare yourself for it to be a success.
4- There is a great site called entertainmentcareers.net which will list internships paid and unpaid, as well as all positions in entertainment by city. Start looking and see what the qualifications are and inquire about salary if not listed.
5- Also, make a list of all of the companies you would like to work for then research if they offer any internships. Even if it is just for the summer, it is worth the trip for the experience.
6- Know that none of this will happen overnight, but if you dedicate yourself to working on it a little bit every day, it will happen.
7- Preparation and knowledge are key
8- Don't let anyone hold you back. It is your life, so live it !!!!!!!!!
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