"How do you climb TV's greasy pole – is it talent, hard work, luck or good looks?" asked Broadcast magazine columnist and entertainment producer Steven D Wright as he introduced the latest RTS Futures event, "From runner to superstar". Or, he added: "Is it class?"
"Luck is maybe the least important – it comes into play but as long as you're working hard and making opportunities for yourself [success] is not necessarily about good fortune," reckoned Sabina Smitham from online content producer and distributor Channel Flip.
So, you want to make it to the top in television?! How are you planning on getting there?
Come and meet a panel of TV superstars whose careers have taken them from their early days on work experience, as trainees, as runners, through to success and recognition in the industry.
Are they just more talented than everyone else? More creative? More strategic? Or was it a mix of talent, hard work and good luck that got them to where they are today? Maybe they knew who to hang out with and where?
On 26th January RTS Futures hosted its first ever entry level training fair. Some of the biggest companies in TV came to offer their expertise and advice on getting that first job in television. People from all backgrounds and experience came to find out more and get to know the people behind the brands. In case you missed it, here is some reaction from the evening's event.
No matter who you are, rejection is an inevitable part of working in the TV industry. So whether you're applying for jobs or pitching ideas, learning how to deal with rejection positively is a key part of success. In this video, Grace Owen talks you through some of her top tips for taking rejection on the chin.
Travelling the world watching high profile sporting events sounds like the dream job. It's not all fun and games but the appeal of sports journalism is as tough as the competitions it covers. In this video CNN's sports anchor, Alex Thomas, shares some of his tips on how to break into the world of sports reporting and what you need to do to stand out.
Alex Thomas has more than two decades of experience in sports broadcasting. Now the lead reporter and anchor for sport at CNN, Alex is well placed to give you the inside track on getting into sports journalism.
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