What is a story producer in reality TV? What can I expect to do as a story producer? What skills do I need as a story producer? How do I become a story producer. Your questions answered...
There are a lot of things that make your experience working as a runner feel a little bit like being on a reality show; with challenges (thrown at you daily), rewards (there are lots of perks in telly) and even eliminations (the looming threat of being weeded out if you’re not up to scratch) along the way. While you may not be judged on your posing, runway walk or for having the best photo, the way you perform on set will be judged in a lot of ways and how you match up with other runners, has the potential to lead to lots more opportunities OR have you packing your bags and leaving the model house for good. I’ve put together a list of some of the things you can do if you “wanna be on top” of your game and get the call back.
When I first posted 10 Tips For Writing Your CV For TV, there were lots of requests for an example CV to show what those tips actually look like in practice. I've put together a very basic template with a clear and easy to follow format and the key information you should be looking to highlight in your CV.
When it comes to CVs for television, they are a bit different from other industries so it’s a good idea to make sure yours isn’t standing out for the wrong reasons. Your CV is often the first opportunity you get to make an impression with a potential employer so hopefully, these tips below will help you make sure that your first opportunity to make an impression …isn’t your last.
If you’re interested in working in TV, or if you’re already working in TV overseas and are considering a move to Australia, then you need to know who is making the TV shows you want to work on??? I’ve compiled a list of production companies that are producing reality TV and factual entertainment programmes that are on Australian TV right now.
TV is a fast-paced industry and when people ask for something...they tend to want it NOW! When it comes to entry-level roles in television, there is always going to be lots of competition, and if you don’t act fast, then someone else will be there to take your job! But there's one thing you can do to instantly stay a step ahead of your competition...
The first time I heard the phrase, “what’s your 20?” on comms, was my first day on a reality TV set…and it was directed at me. I had NO IDEA what the runner on the other end of the comms was talking about. After asking them to repeat the question twice already, my agonisingly awkward silence over the channel was luckily diffused when I bumped into the person looking for me. So, in the interests of helping you avoid the awkwardness I once experienced, I’ve put together a cheat sheet of terms and phrases you’ll be hearing and using on set.
Cracking your first job in reality TV can take time...and a lot of patience. If you have taken the leap and quit your job to chase your TV dream, then you may find yourself with a fair bit of spare time on your hands (at least for a little while). Having spent my own fair share of time in limbo when I was just starting out...I know that it can feel like an eternity, so I've put together a list of productive ways you can spend your days once you've exhausted your contact list and are playing the waiting game.
If you are just starting out in TV, you're probably looking for a role as a runner...and you're right, that's really your first point of call. But you might be wondering what's next...??? Or even what else can you expect in your first year or two in television?