So... you’re really into television and film. That is to say, you are far more invested than the average person who binge-watches a show for an entire Sunday. No, instead you are the type of hardcore-TV nerd who faithfully follows the work of their favorite screenwriters and directors, always wins games of “Who’s That Actor?” and is the go-to sounding board for family and friends before they commit to a new series.
You could try to land a job as a Netflix “tagger.”
This is one of those dream jobs that pops up on our social media feeds every so often. Occasionally, Netflix (and probably other streaming services, too) look for remote employees to watch and properly categorize the titles they’re currently offering in order to improve subscribers’ recommendations. It might sound too good to be true, but it’s not.
Ever thought about being a film critic?
Literally, hundreds of movies come out every year and film critics help discerning viewers figure out whether they’ll see a film in theaters or wait until it’s available via cable or Redbox. If you’re a good writer who tends to have strong and well-articulated opinions about every other movie you see, you might want to consider this as a career.
While we’re at it, let’s talk about TV critics.
You might have heard that we are living in a Golden Age of Television, which means that there is not only a ton of good TV at our fingertips but that expert opinions on what's good, bad and in between are much appreciated. Enter in the TV critic, whose job it is to watch and review new and returning TV shows. My favorite TV critics are strong writers with journalistic backgrounds and near-encyclopedic knowledge of the medium. Sound like you? This might be a path you want to explore.
Then, there are TV recappers...
The cousin of the TV critic is the TV recapper, whose job is to watch and summarize episodes of a particular show. Recap readers don't just want to know what happened. They want to know what you thought about the episode, catch little significant moments or jokes they might have missed and to make predictions about what will happen further down the line.
Or maybe you want to help *make* the art!
There are tons of avenues that you might want to pursue. If you enjoy writing and storytelling, screenwriting might be an interesting career for you. If you want to learn the ins and outs of working on a set, you might apply for production assistant roles. If you are adept at getting projects moving, you may want to think about becoming a producer. If you’re really into visuals, you might be interested in being a director of photography. Or, if your dream is to artistically guide the cast and crew throughout the production, then you, may want to think about directing.
And there you have it. Several very real ways to put your love of TV and/or film to good use. Now you can call the hours you spend in front of a screen “research” instead of “binge-watching.” Happy guilt-free viewing!
Lauren McEwen is an Atlanta-based freelance writer and the social media manager for "Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis."