…but I don’t know where to start”.
Good news. You’ve arrived at the right place. Well the right place to find the right places. Here are a number of links to the information you need on what jobs there are, how you get them and what a career in TV production is really like.
Best place to start is Screenskills, the official training body for the industry . Check out their job profiles in unscripted TV to discover the range of roles available and how to break in. Learn how to get in and have a look at their career maps, specifically the Unscripted TV: Craft and technical map and the Unscripted TV: Editorial and production map.
Maybe you’re thinking about going to University to do a media related course? Well Screenskills have got that covered too, with its list of approved courses which boast the Screenskills tick.
You’ll also be wondering where all the jobs are advertised. Well for entry level, the Facebook Runners page has got that covered. It’s the go-to place for pretty much every employer who is looking for a Runner. And remember: never, ever pay any site (like Production Base, mandy, Film & TV Pro) for the right to apply for any jobs. You don’t have to as all the jobs are free to find elsewhere.
And finally, if you want to know how to write a great CV, put together a winning cover letter, find out how to be the best Runner on set, or work out how much holiday pay (or time off) you’ll be getting, well you need travel no further than here.
And good luck – it’s a tough industry to break into but it can be a lot of fun once you’re in. Just remember that when you find yourself sweeping discarded crisp packets out of the crew vehicle at midnight.