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.
The year of TV is kicking off early with a pre-ratings period premiere of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! If you’re a fan of TV, then you’ll be happy to see something hitting our screens that doesn’t resemble summer sport or a repeat episode of something you never cared about watching the first time. I’m A Celeb is getting a head-start on the competition this year but with premieres of ratings-juggernauts MKR and Married At First Sight just around the corner, we will inevitably be forced to pick our side (or just watch them all via catch-up services). Unless you’ve been living under a rock or refuse to watch anything that’s not on Netflix, then you will undoubtedly be familiar with these shows but what else can we look forward to this year? I’ve put together a list of my top picks for new TV hitting our screens in 2019.
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.
As the final day of 2018, I decided to take a look back on the year in TV that was and put together a list of my top eight shows I was watching…and the two that I probably should have been.
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?
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...