Imdb is hurting my career!

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As stated in my 'contribution', I've been working in the industry since the early '00s - almost entirely on the corporate side of film and  tv production(s). So much so, I've not been aware of or looked for an imdb page on myself. Being in credits is not something in my work. Imdb has boiled down my decades long career to a one day favor for a friend - and it was not the episode listed. I did not work on the finale, I was working on another show and remember having to ask who won that night! 
Finding this poor excuse for an imdb page would explain not hearing back from new employers...

Does this make any sense to anyone?? How can I make it go away? Any ideas are appreciated.


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Bee: If I understand correctly, most of the work you have done in your career is not in jobs that would garner IMDb credits, so having only a single credit, in a job that you don't usually do, doesn't represent how you would want to describe your career.

I have a couple of recommendations.

1. Go to your name page and click "Edit page". On the next screen, on the Biography line, select "Add 1 item". Scroll down and click "Continue".

On the next screen, you will be able to submit a mini-biography for yourself. See https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/names-biographical-data/biographical-data-guidelines/GMT9T242VQADZUQM#bio for the guidelines about this. In your biography, you can describe yourself based on your primary career activities. Think along the following lines: Bee Bennett works in the business affairs department at ZYX Film Studios. ... She is a graduate of Miskatonic University and earned her MBA at Wossamatta University Business School. ...

Assuming that your biography gets posted, that will be one of the first things anyone sees on your page (whether on the free IMDb site or IMDbPro, so that will help provide your prospective employers with a better perspective on your career.

2. It appears that most of the production assistants on that episode of "American Idol" were supposedly credited on-screen, based on the IMDb listing at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2404031/fullcredits. Hence, if you can track down that episode and find the full credits, including the list of production assistants, that would be evidence that you were not a production assistant on the show. (After all, if they listed 30 or more other production assistants, and they didn't list you, that would imply that you weren't a production assistant on that show.) I'm not going to address how to use that evidence yet because I don't know whether you will find it on YouTube or elsewhere. (I found a clip on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcjZBrKXi2M but it is cut off before the end of the credits and none of the production assistants' names are shown.)

Please keep in mind, though, that if you did work as a production assistant on some other episode and were credited for that, then you ought to have an IMDb-listed credit for that episode, notwithstanding that it was not in your main occupation.

I hope this helps. Good luck!
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Bee: I should probably note that if your one credit for "American Idol" is deleted before you have any other credits, then your IMDb name page may be taken down altogether, along with any biography you have posted there.

From your initial post, it sounds like you wouldn't have a problem with that, but I just want to make sure that you know that will happen.