Movie Buff? Try These Jobs Out for Size
Are you one of those movie enthusiasts who remembers every location and each of John McClane’s nemesis in all four Die Hard films? Or maybe movies are so much in your blood that you can actually quote lines (verbatim) from The Godfather I, II and III without blinking. How do you like the idea of giving free rein to your love for movies and getting paid for it? Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Here’s some great news for a movie buff like you; you can turn your passion for movies into a worthwhile job! Check out some of the jobs for movie buffs listed below; you might find one that you may want to try out for size.
• Movie Critic. Alternately known as Movie Reviewer, Film Critic or Film Reviewer, this job involves writing reviews of current movies for magazines, newspapers and online publications or movie websites. It entails watching and analyzing several movies per week and you have to understand movies beyond their entertainment value. While it’s quite easy for anybody to just set up a website, “review” a film and call yourself a film critic, you’re not likely to earn a commensurate pay that way. If you hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or related fields and decide to become a film critic, you can have a start-up salary of $20,000; and work your way up to $70,000. Of course, you need to have a flair for writing and extensive knowledge of critical analysis. Critics like Roger Ebert are reputed to earn six-figure compensations.
• Film/Movie Reporter. Some may say this is just the same as being a film critic. Almost but not quite. If you get hired as a film reporter you’d be writing daily stories about certain movies, which may include business trends and analysis – predictions and actual box office gross; why a movie becomes a big hit or why it flopped. You have to be deadline-driven with fast turn-around time and the ability to come up with breaking news at the spur of the moment. This means that besides knowing the movie itself, inside-out, you have to be very resourceful and must maintain great sources and contacts in the industry. Salary range isn’t bad either, pegged between $24,774 and $43,887.
• Movie Extra. How do you like being actually seen in the movies you so love? Also called background player, this job gets you to the movie itself as one of the “actors” in the background that make the scenes look more alive and realistic. No experience is needed as you’re not even required to speak – your primarily role is to help fill spaces, stand around or move with the actors. Depending on the type of film or project, you can get as much as $300 per day; and of course there’s always the chance that you’ll catch some talent scout’s attention who might think you’re a good star material. Be ready for your close-up.
There are so many ways you can earn from being a movie buff. You can participate in online movie surveys (yes, you get paid for it); you may want to work on a video store or even start your own video seller business and a lot more possibilities. You can even check the Internet for “Get Paid to Watch Movies” programs that most movie industry moguls set up to seek consumer input and valuable opinions of its target audience. Even if you’re not considering making it a full-time job, you can always make your hobby earn some bucks for you. Compensation may vary, but most of these programs offer free admission to theaters or free DVDs for home watching. Now that’s a great way to beat ridiculously expensive theater prices without missing the latest blockbuster movies!