If 2020 was a TV show it would be …well, I was going for some kind of analogy here but most of the television flops I can think of, I actually enjoyed, so let’s just say 2020 has been absolute shit-show! But the good news is that the television industry is reopening, production teams are finding new ways to make Covid-safe telly to get us all back to doing what we love, so with that in mind, I’ve put together a list of things you can do to get your TV career back on track after lockdown.
Away jobs are the BEST! There is nothing like going overseas or interstate and getting paid to be there! During the time that you’re away, you tend to live in a bubble, the crew become like family and in the downtime, you can explore a new city/town/country. Unfortunately, however, unlike the days of school camp, where they used to send you a list of what to pack, apparently when you’re an adult you just have to figure it out??? So, I’ve decided to put together a list of away trip essentials that you may not have thought of…
TV cover letters are not like traditional cover letters you may have been taught in school and it’s not always easy when you’re starting out to know the best approach, so I’ve put together some tips to get you on track in your TV career.
One of the biggest things when you’re starting out is knowing where to find work in TV. TV is very insular and most of the time, runners and other entry-level positions are crewed through existing relationships or recommendations. If you haven’t been in the industry long enough to build a reputation, then the calls probably aren’t rolling in, which means you’re going to need to be proactive. You aren’t going to find these jobs advertised on regular job sites, so I’ve put together a list of where to look for work when you aren’t in the know…
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...