Entertainment writing is a very difficult niche to break into, whether you are working as a freelancer or not. However, there are some ways to make the struggle a little easier and less stressful. Below are just a few examples of how to find and obtain great freelance jobs in entertainment writing.
Before you can start be picky about the sorts of work you would like to undertake, you need to prove that you are good enough to be choosy. This means building your C.V. and portfolio and demonstrating all the different sorts of styles and formats you are familiar and comfortable with. Of course, this means including plenty of really great examples of your entertainment writing. However, it also means including academic work, articles and fiction for example, to demonstrate your general abilities and really impress any potential clients. Remember to include any relevant work you do in your C.V., too. Further, be sure also to demonstrate the rest of your skills, whether they are relevant or not. The more talented employee is much more attractive to a client than a one trick pony!
Often in any aspect of the entertainment industry, the best, easiest way in is to know someone. This is where you are going to have to learn how to network effectively. This works best if you already know some other freelance writers and can ask them for advice. Sometimes, they will know the sort of people you need to meet and will introduce you. More often, however, you will need to start building your own bridges. Email the sorts of people you want to work with. Most of the time, they will be too busy to reply to you. Still, if even one does make the time to send a response, then that’s one more person you know in the right industry.
You won’t start off with the big, difficult jobs: you’re not going to be that trusted yet. Instead, focus on saying yes to all the smaller, easier jobs and building a relationship with your employer that way. Show them that you are reliable and that your work is top quality, even for the really boring tasks. They will start giving you more and more difficult tasks until you’ve broken into the entertainment writing industry for good!