After working in both film and minor league baseball, I noticed some similarities between the two. Some might look at both mediums and see only differences but you might be surprised. They have a lot more in common than you think.
1) Both are forms of entertainment.
Entertainment is mainly considered to be movies, music, and theater but it also includes sports and sporting events. If you think about it, you can see bits and pieces of it when you go to games through in-game entertainment whether it be someone singing the national anthem before a baseball game, music that plays throughout the stadium, or in the case of the arena football team the LA Kiss, impromptu concerts at the game.
2) Both have long hours.
Long hours of hard work go into both businesses. During the baseball season, we worked normal office hours on off-days and road games but homestands were always the craziest. We would get to the stadium as early as 8 a.m. and not leave until 1 or 2 a.m. and then be up and ready to go at 8 a.m. the next day. The film world is no different. On several days, it would be normal to get to set at 5 a.m. and leave at midnight to return early the next day. However, the film world has stricter rules regarding the amount of time spent on set with most, if not all, crews get a mandatory amount of time off before they can return to work. This ensures everyone gets rest and isn’t overworked.
3) Both have two sides to the business.
There are two sides of leadership when it comes to film and minor league baseball. When it comes to minor league baseball, there is the front office side which mainly takes cares of the business side of things. Then there is the team side of things. The President and or GM of the team is in charge of the business side while the manager is in charge of the team side. In the film world, it’s divided between the business side and creative side. On the business side, the producer is usually in charge while the creative side is led by the director.
4) Both include coming together with strangers to create something.
When you show up on set, it can be unnerving on the first day because you know absolutely no one. Yet you come together to film scenes which ultimately make up the movie. Baseball is the same way. When you first get hired to work on a team whether it’s full-time, part-time, or as an intern, you work together with the rest of the staff to create the ultimate fan experience to complement the baseball game. If you do a good job, fans will keep coming back.
5) Both include working with high-profile people.
Every now and then you’ll bump into your share of well-known people. In baseball, I’ve had the pleasure of working with major league players while I’ve worked with A-list actors on several films. The key is to keep your composure and do your job. While it’s a perk to work with celebrities, it shouldn’t be the reason you’re there. If you are there to fawn over actors and baseball players, maybe you should find another line of work.
6) Both involve working up the ranks.
With most jobs and positions, it takes time to work up the ranks. In baseball, it can be from an intern to a full-time job to climbing the levels of the minors just like the players. In film, it most likely is starting out as some sort of production assistant and then moving to whatever department interests you.
7) Both involve increasing levels of success.
This ties in with working up the ranks. With each team/film growing in size and popularity, it can create new challenges in terms of your job description. Working as a production assistant on a crew of 40 people is a lot different than being an extra where the combined cast and crew is 400. Working as an intern for a Double-A team with a staff of 50 is different than working for a rookie short-season team with a staff of 11.
8) Both have varying levels of job stability.
Job stability can sometimes be rare when working on films because as soon as you wrap one, unless you have a job immediately lined up, you’re out of work after every project. It’s the same thing for many minor league baseball interns looking to break into the business and sometimes players. After each season, it takes a lot of effort to find that next opportunity with another team.
9) Both include taking risks to follow the dream.
It takes a leap of faith to follow film and baseball because neither one is really guaranteed. They are similar in the fact that sometimes it requires moving hundreds of miles to wherever the job is while knowing absolutely no one with no guarantee that it will extend past the specific project.
10) Hard work can turn both into a reality.
It’s not easy to chase film and baseball. They both involve inherent risks and aren’t really stable lines of work. But with hard work and determination, it can be done. I never expected to get into baseball or film. They both just kind of happened. If it can happen to me, it can definitely happen to you.