The latest RTS futures event offered essential survival tips for young TV talent working in the precarious freelance world. It's hard enough for newcomers to land their first jobs in the industry, but keeping the work coming in and building a career can be gruelling.
Starting out as a freelancer in television can be a daunting experience. It’s a fast-paced, vibrant and creatively stimulating industry, but it’s also overwhelmingly competitive and highly demanding.
How do you make those vital connections? How do you brush aside the competition with your CV? How do you dazzle in the interview to win the role, and how to do you ace the job so the first person to get a call on the next production is you?
Being able to self shoot is rapidly becoming a must if you want a job in the television industry and the ability to operate industry standard cameras will place you a cut above the rest when applying for jobs. The Canon XF305 is a BBC-accepted HD broadcast camcorder widely used in the documentary, reality and factual entertainment genres. In this video, Alain from Pro Motion camera hire shows you the ropes.
They say television is a small world. Who you know is often as important as what you know, so how do you get your foot in the door if you don't know anyone who can leave it ajar? Channel 4 industry talent specialist, Priscilla Baffour, offers her tips on breaking into TV without the contacts.
Missed our event on learning how to self shoot? Catch up on some of what you missed by watching our film of the event.
Television is a fast moving and highly competitive marketplace, where freelance contracts last weeks rather than years, and networking is essential to securing that crucial next job. Planning for the future is that much harder when you don't know where your next pay cheque is coming from, and having a long term plan can at times seem impossible...so how do you survive as a freelancer?
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