Lights, camera, ACTION!
Everyone likes a trip to the cinema, but if you’re one step above the typical movie fan and constantly bore your friends with useless trivia, why not consider a career in film?
In a recent survey, movie reviewer was chosen as the number 1 most desirable job... and it’s not hard to see why! Getting paid to watch and review the latest movies while you stuff you face with all the popcorn you can eat sounds damn tempting! But beware, there can be downsides.
If you’re an action/adventure fan, you’ll still have to sit through the latest romcom, musical adaptation or corny kids film… and you’ll never get those hours back. It's also not the same as in 'real life'. Fancy watching the latest Batman movie at 9am in a screening room? Actually...
It’s not the most glamorous job, and it’s likely that you'll just be making tea for everyone on set while occasionally being asked to step in as a missing prop, but hey, who cares? You’re in the movie business, man!
Runner career guide
Responsible for all the beautiful words spoken in the film (or not so beautiful depending on the genre you have to write for), the movie business relies on you to develop the plot lines and generally get characters talking to each other. Basically, without you there is no movie… and don’t let anyone forget it!
Get it wrong and you’ve got a serious box office flop on your hands (Gigli, anyone?), but get it right and your words will be immortalised and become as famous as “Play it again Sam” (don’t get that reference? Step away from the movie business immediately).
If you’ve always been an attention seeker then you’ll hate being behind the camera. So it may be time to become the next big thing! Work your way into the A list parties and not only could you make bad movies for big money but you could also have the chance to be a diva and make outrageous demands for your dressing room... like a box of puppies wearing bow ties or bottles of unicorn tears.
Whether you fancy yourself as the next Steven Spielberg or just have a really bossy side that’s desperate to come out, you could be the perfect candidate for a director job. You’ll be in charge of sorting flattering camera angles and being a general bossy boots as and when required - all while sitting in a fancy chair with your name on… what’s not to like?
Get a job in the editing suite and you’ll find yourself constantly asking the director, 'do you really need this scene?' You might be making them very mad, but the upside is you’ll get paid quite a lot of money to do so. Cha-ching!
Cutting scenes and choosing which of the 170 camera angles you want to use in the pivotal moments, you essentially create the end product. Do a good job and you’ll have an amazing movie on your hands, get it wrong and you’ve got a bad movie that lasts four hours… and only Avatar can pull that off.
No one actually knows what this job is, but hey, you’ll get your name on the credits and it’s still impressive at parties, especially if you can explain what your job actually involves.
And if all else fails…
Tom Cruise’s best mate
He’s been an A lister for years, even after he made Knight and Day, so imagine the networking you could do at all those premieres and after parties.