khodorko wrote:Haha, seriously. I was being quite generous with the $30K mark, it's definitely good experience but financially not the best post-undergrad option. My friends who have pursued that path are all very dedicated to their jobs but are into their 3rd year and still not making a comfortable LA salary. In terms of studying for the LSAT, production companies and agencies have the worst hours from what I hear.
I work at a tech company with normal 40hr weeks and studying for the LSAT was no problem at all. I tried to put myself on lock down for two months, going out less and studying 10 hrs/week outside of my class and to be honest, I could have done more if I wanted to. I think it might be easier to take on the LSAT when you don't have homework and exams to prepare for, you can easily up that 161.
It's totally possible to study although a lot easier from the mailroom than as an assistant. The problem with being an assistant is that you are on call 24/7. I really loved getting woken up at 9 AM on a Saturday by my boss asking when his various appointments that day were and where. The other problem is that you actually have homework as an assistant. You are constantly expected to read scripts and with the 9-8 or 9 hours it doesn't leave that much time for LSAT prep. Still, it is by far the best way to make the connections necessary for entertainment law. Those firms are very secretive and hard to break into. Just going to a top school or a top entertainment school like USC/UCLA usually won't be enough. It's best to have a personal connection (even if its just that your boss can recommend you) if you want those jobs. One thing that will be hard though, is that you do not want to let on that you are targeting entertainment law if you follow my advice. Agencies/management firms DO NOT like applicants and employees who don't appear completely committed to their particular field. Even wanting to break out into production is frowned on. That's mostly because everyone in LA is a head case, but its worth keeping in mind.