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TV is seen as a very glamorous industry to work in, which it can be - but it also requires bags of talent and determination to turn it into a fruitful career.
Behind every TV programme is a huge team of people, from researchers to wardrobe assistants to lighting technicians and camera operatives. Keep your eye on the credits of the next TV programme that you watch to get an idea of just how many people are involved.
These teams require a range of different talents and skillsets, which are all vital for a successful production.
In television experience is everything, which means that many people will have to work up from the bottom. Brace yourself for being a runner and making tea before working your way up into producing and editing.
If you’re seeking more of a creative or presenting role, you’ll need to have a portfolio of work that demonstrates what you are capable of. A degree can give you the space to build this and potentially allow you to start slightly higher up in the industry.
Many roles in TV work on a freelance basis, which means that the income is not very stable. However, for large projects it can be very well paid and this helps to cover the gaps in work that you may have in between projects.
The work can be demanding and involve very long hours in order to meet deadlines, but the buzz that comes from a large, creative project coming together and potentially being shown on TV or streaming services makes it worth all of the hard work.