When someone refers to the trades, they’re talking about entertainment industry news sources aimed at providing you with insider information, reviews, interviews, coverage of events and festivals, box office reports, and the like. It’s typical for anyone working in the business to check their preferred entertainment industry trades throughout the day for the latest updates. You should too!
Why read the trades?
It’s how you keep up to date on the all out drama of Hollywood from the everyday gory details to general roundups. You get to know what’s selling, who’s buying, what’s getting made, what projects are hot, what’s failing miserably, and so on. But what’s more is that you’ll start to recognize the names of people and companies that are the movers and shakers of the business. These are potential peers, employers, employees, archenemies, but, more essentially, who’s important at the moment.
How does this benefit you as a writer?
Making an effort to inform yourself is a smart business decision. Being a writer involves marketing yourself; reading the trades is how you know your marketplace. It’s easy to forget or ignore that writing is extended beyond the act of writing itself. At some point, your work will come into contact with anyone from an agent to a producer to the talent. You want to be prepared.
Read ‘Em And Weep
The three most popular entertainment industry trade publications are…
Other frequently checked sources (in alphabetical order) include:
Indiewire *highly recommended
Screenwriting specific websites:
Hollywood assistant specific websites to help you navigate the assistant sphere:
Hollywood Assistants Tumblr * for fun