Informational interviews with bigwigs who went to college with your mom’s best friend’s sister are great, and you’ll probably learn a lot from talking to someone who’s been around the block a few times. But the chances are slim that said bigwig is going to be in the loop about entry-level positions or remember to pass your resume along.
As you begin the job hunt, don’t forget to network with your peers. People a rung or two above or below you are the class you’ll come up with in Hollywood. These people are more likely to become your actual friends (as opposed to that VP you met once for 30 minutes), and you’ll have each other’s backs when you look for jobs.
Ask for informationals with people who have the jobs you want right now, not just the jobs you want someday. And that unpaid intern you met at a bar last weekend? Next week, she might land a job at CAA where she can pass your resume along to HR. Seth Rogen and James Franco were nobodies together, and now they’re stars together. The same is true for behind-the-scenes folk.
-- Angela Silak & Cindy Kaplan