10 Tips for Getting a Job in TV

Wendy Gray Wendy Gray

Wendy Gray, is Head of AFTRS Open and has run the TV Unit for the last three years. Prior to joining AFTRS Wendy worked in the TV industry for twenty years, including 12 years with ABC TV.

Tip #1

Technical skills will make you more employable: learn to edit and how to use Photoshop, plus get skilled with a camera.

Tip #2

ALWAYS get someone to proof read your CV and introduction emails. And ALWAYS be early for job interviews and meetings: TV people hate lateness.

Tip #3

When starting out, take any job you can get - even if it’s not your dream job. Ask anyone in TV, they’ll tell you of their ignominious start!

Tip #4

If you want to work in production make sure you have a full driver’s license and current first aid.

Tip #5

Watch a lot of TV! And make sure you watch Australian TV - sounds obvious but you have to know about the industry in which you work.

Tip #6

Write, shoot and edit your own YouTube content - its great practise. Although it won’t mean your first paid job is as a director - you still have to start at the bottom.

Tip #7

Unpaid internships/work experience seem to be the norm these days - so make the most of them by impressing everyone you work with and making contacts - it’s all about who you know. But don’t work for free for too long!

Tip #8

Learn how a budget and schedule works. Even if you are “creative” you need to know this stuff, or you’ll just annoy everyone.

Tip #9

Great writing skills are highly valued - in both narrative and factual TV. But to be a great writer, you should practise, and study, and practise, and get feedback, and practise. It’s the hardest and most important job.

Tip #10

Visit the TV Tonight website regularly as it’s the best source of current info about who is doing what, and with who!

If you would like to hear more from Wendy Gray about the TV industry check out An Introduction to Television


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