August 5, 2016 at 9:37AM, Edited August 5, 10:00AM


Jobs vs Internships: When to Move On?

Hello Everyone,

I have a question about when one should be applying to jobs and when one should be applying to internships. Okay, so long story short I have two video production internships under my belt (both unpaid) since 2014. I have held a video production job at my university for close to two years now. At this job I am technically "lead" videographer, thus my responsibilities include writing, directing, shooting, editing, and delivering videos sometimes all by myself.

As I am about to graduate, I have been looking for jobs (no I am NOT a film major). But my big question is, am I ready to be applying for an actual job (say Junior Producer or Content Producer or Shooter/Editor all of which are full time with benefits), or should I be going after the internships? I feel going after another internship is setting the bar low, but I can never be sure that I'm experienced enough. The qualifications for a lot of these jobs is 2+ years doing video production which I certainly have, so maybe I am just paranoid and need to be more confident in my abilities.

Thank you all for any helpful advice anyone can give!


You have proved to yourself you know what the job is and you want to do it. Two internships should definitely be enough to start applying for a formal job.

August 5, 2016 at 12:39PM


I wish I knew where the barrier is. I have been working for 7 years, mostly in internships and unpaid/low paid work. I have applied to hundreds of paid jobs, only hearing back from very few but never getting hired. Very hard to get paid doing anything in film/Video. Seen more as a passion where you should be willing to work for free. The market is tough out there, seems like unless you have 15-20 years of experience it's hard to be paid more than minimum wage, if your lucky. My advice is always to find a good steady job with benefits, at an Apple Store or something. You don't want to live the struggle of worrying whether you'll be on the streets next month, I am doing that not and it's extremely tough. There's only so long someone can constantly struggle and maintain sanity. Here's my work so you can see the level I am on -


August 7, 2016 at 11:22AM

I think you are ready for new formal, well-paid job. Do your first step, write a resume, and apply for your dream job.

August 16, 2017 at 4:04AM


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