How to Get a Job in Television by Susan Walls

By Susan Walls

This booklet meets wishes, to encourge the correct type of humans to return into tv creation and to save lots of younger task seekers the horrors of studying at the activity

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1. A sample letter. 53 How to Get a Job in Television ever made a television programme. And it should go without saying that you never, ever, ever write a ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ letter. Always write to someone, make sure you spell their name correctly, and give them their proper title. Point two Next point: short is always good. Don’t waffle. And please resist the temptation to talk yourself up (I know you wouldn’t do anything like that, but it’s worth saying anyway). Producers have heard it all before – whatever it is.

You can’t lose by sharing your ideas. 4. Read Chapter 6 for tips on how to be a good researcher before you go for your interview. Your understanding of the job will be impressive. 5. Listen, ask questions, and interact with the producer. Working in TV is all about interacting, having conversations, and bouncing ideas off other people. Producers are looking for evidence that you’re easy to get on with – a large part of your time will be spent on the phone, interviewing people and trying to persuade them to help you.

Could you do all that? You could? Then floor managing needs you, no doubt about it. Of course, floor managing is about much more than just soothing starry tempers. The true job description is that you’re the voice of the director in the studio. You must listen to what the director wants, then manage the floor so that everyone on the studio floor is exactly where the director wants them to be, and preferably before the director wants them to be there – thinking ahead is an important floor managing skill.

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