Television is a fast-paced and exciting industry requiring support from people from a wide range of backgrounds. A job in this field can be very rewarding, but due to the demand, not always easy to obtain. Luckily, there are a few ways to get a headstart.
Jobs in the industry are basically split into two categories – on camera and off camera. The number of people required to support a television programme behind the scenes is astounding. There are directors, writers, cameramen, assistants and much more. Film school is a good place to start if you’re looking for a position as a director. There are also a number of vocational schools offering training in camera work, sound and lighting if this is more of interest. Writers should endeavour to go to university for formal training. In each scenario, there will be a number of volunteer and internship opportunities available that will help give you a head start in a TV career.
Those in front of the camera hold the most prestigious positions in the TV industry. Competition is stiff however, and it takes hard work and diligence to vie for roles in front of the camera. Actors should of course attend acting school and get involved in local theatre. At the same time, try signing up for an extras casting company. Work as an extra will give you some valuable on-set experience while earning a modest paycheck at the same time.
Actors aren’t the only ones in front of the camera. With the variety of programs available these days, there is always a need for on-screen talent in the form of presenters, news reporters and commentators. In this case, training from a university in broadcast journalism will be extremely helpful. Many universities provide volunteer opportunities in this field which can help spruce up a journalism CV.
There are many avenues one can take when interested in working in the broadcast industry. As different as the job options are, it is important to receive the proper training and be proactive in terms of seeking out volunteer and internship opportunities. With the right education, perseverance and a little bit of luck, you’ll be well on your way to a career in TV.
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