Starting out in television when you don’t have any industry contacts can feel a bit like the TV show Survivor…except you’re trying to work your way into an alliance before you’ve even landed on the island. I’ve taken some inspiration from the granddaddy of reality TV, Survivor and put together my 2 cents worth of advice to help you outwit, outplay and outlast the rest so you can make it in TV…
The hardest part is starting out…that’s what I found when I decided I wanted to get in to TV and it’s what I’m finding now as I try to write my first post for this blog.
Congratulations...you've made it to the Merge and half way through my 10 Tips for Getting Your First Job In TV. If you haven't read Part 1 then you can access that blog post HERE. Otherwise read on for my final five tips...
As part of the Beyond Reality interview series, I interviewed Michelle Gauntlett, a line producer who has worked on shows such as Australian Ninja Warrior, The Bachelor and Australian Survivor. I talked to Michelle about how she got her start working on specialist factual TV in the UK, before successfully making the move to Australia, where she now works on some of the biggest entertainment formats in the country.
As part of the Beyond Reality interview series, I interviewed Brendan Garlick, a home economist who has worked on shows such as Masterchef, MKR and The Great Australian Bake Off. I find out how Brendan went from reality TV contestant to working on some of Australia’s favourite food formats.
As part of the Beyond Reality interview series, I interviewed Kaite Milicich, a story producer and post producer who has worked on shows such as Married At First Sight, Australian Survivor and Lego Masters. She shared her story of starting out in TV and how she balances the unpredictable world of field producing with the more structured environment of post production.
As part of the Beyond Reality interview series, I interviewed Nick Peterson, a sound recordist who has worked on shows such as Australian Survivor and Travel Guides. He shared his story of starting out in TV, what it was like growing up in a TV family and the toughest gigs in sound.
As part of the Beyond Reality interview series, I interviewed Matt Hindson, a story producer and shooter producer who has worked on shows such as Australian Survivor and Dancing with the Stars. He shared his story of starting out in... Continue Reading →
As part of the Beyond Reality interview series, I interviewed Paul Webb, a camera operator, whose 30 year career in television, has taken him all around the world from shooting news and covering the OJ Simpson trial, to working on countless seasons of US Survivor. I find out how Paul cut his teeth in news before taking on the world of reality TV.
As part of the Beyond Reality interview series, I interviewed Erica Foley, a senior story producer who has worked on shows such as Big Brother, Australian Survivor and human interest campaigns for R U OK? and the ‘Yes’ vote for marriage equality. We look back on her 12 year career in television and how her passion for story-telling has informed her choices as a TV producer.
As part of the Beyond Reality podcast series, I interviewed Grant Phillips, a story producer and challenge producer who has worked on shows such as Australian Survivor, Big Brother and The Bachelor. He shared his story of starting out in TV and how he turned his reality TV obsession into a successful career in TV.
Living and working in the UK is almost like a rite of passage for many Australians. A job pulling beers at a good old fashioned English pub might be the change of pace you’re looking for during your time abroad, however, if you’re interested in pursuing your career in TV instead, then you’ll need to start doing your research. To get you started, I’ve compiled a list of production companies that are producing reality TV and factual entertainment programmes that are on UK TV right now.