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.
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.
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?