Unfortunately there’s no big secret to getting in to the media.
I guess it helps if you know someone in the inside, but if you are like me and don’t have any contacts there’s no quick fix solution I’m afraid.
I started out in Manchester, working at advertising agencies; runner jobs here and there. This is a great place to start as it’s very fast and if they aren’t afraid to get rid of you on set, if you aren’t up to standard.
It toughens you up… fast.
Then I moved to the BBC.
Like the majority of people who I have spoken to over the years I got in through work experience.
If you fill out the form on the BBC Jobs website then from there, they get in touch with you and after a quick interview, could offer you a months work experience.
In my case, it was Film Britannia back in January 2007.
Once you are in, then I guess my personal advice is:
…as hard as you can, for more hours than they ask.
It certainly helps to have understanding friends and family who can forgive you time and time again (thanks guys!).
Say yes to everything…
…even when you get to Assistant Producer level.
I think it’s refreshing to have someone who is passionate and excited by their work and the only true way of showing that is to be open to everything and anything. No matter how boring it seems.
You never know where the situation will take you.
…if you can’t have fun as well as doing your work, then you will quickly resent the hours you work and the experiences you have.
At the same time, don’t worry if you sometimes find yourself questioning what you are doing. It happens a lot, especially when you are tired! Just keep in mind the next point…
…the main reason why I get up at 4am to go to shoots, or stay in the office until 11pm to finish edits is because I want to work with Steven Spielberg.
For that reason, I am constantly motivated to do what I can in order to make this happen (within reason).
Motivation is a key personality trait to have. Keep something in your mind that will motivate you.
Finally, remember how lucky you are…
…there are 100s of people queuing behind you in order to get into the glamorous world of the media. If you keep this in mind then it will push you to always strive for the best of your ability.
I’m sure that when you are working in the media, you will find your own pieces of advice to follow, but I just thought I would share these simple tips that, so far, I have learnt along the way.
I hope this helps a little but if you have other questions then drop me an email and I’ll see if what I can do.
The views and opinions in the article above are that of my own and not my employer.