How do you break into the creative industry like a boss? Our post below answers your questions from the perspectives of current ITV and BBC employees.
When we think about jobs in the creative realm, we often assume that they’re either wholly unattainable or don’t provide enough stability to forge a long-term or permanent career.
There’s something about watching your favourite TV show, or listening to your favourite radio station and knowing it’s being aired to millions of people, that can make the thought of trying to break into that industry quite intimidating.
Here at Koody, we want to dispel the myth that careers in the creative industry, particularly those in entertainment, are impossible to achieve. We’ve questioned ITV and BBC employees to give you some invaluable tips on how to kickstart your creative careers, regardless of your background!
Leila, 24, ITV Logger: I currently work as a logger for ITV, which involves typing up footage from a particular TV show and logging it LIVE while it happens. This allows the producers to easily access the scripts and details of what happened in the show, decide what to air, cut it down into an episode and put it on TV!
Imogen, 24, BBC Freelance Journalist: I work at the BBC as a Freelance Journalist, but I do a load of different things there. I’m also a Researcher, Broadcast Assistant, Radio 4 Assistant Producer, and I pitch my own stories to various outlets. Most of my work involves staying on top of news cycles, doing lots of research, pitching original story ideas and creating newslines.
Leila, 24, ITV Logger: I didn’t get my job in the conventional way. I initially applied for a completely different role at ITV but was unsuccessful, so I decided to email the people who interviewed me asking them to keep me in mind for any other opportunities. My details were then passed on to a colleague who contacted me for a general chat about my prospects, and then put me forward for the Logger role. It was by chance and good timing. Had I not contacted my interviewers, I wouldn’t have my current job.
Imogen, 24, BBC Freelance Journalist: I got my job through a Trainee Scheme rejection! Although I was unsuccessful in that role, I was contacted by someone who liked my story ideas and offered me some shifts at the BBC. Since then, I’ve networked with others to get extra work.
Leila, 24, ITV Logger: As a logger, I work for around 10 hours with a few breaks in between. I spend most of my time typing up a bunch of TV footage, and sometimes I’ll need to check in with producers to make sure I’ve logged the parts they need. I also take care of ad hoc tasks around the office from time to time!
Imogen, 24, BBC Freelance Journalist: When I’m working as a freelancer on Radio 4, I come in half an hour to an hour before our meeting, read the news and pick a story that I think will suit the programme. I try to come up with suggestions on what guests would be good to invite in for that particular story and I’ll then be sent away to research the story, secure the guest, contact them for briefing questions ahead of the live show and prepare the brief.
Leila, 24, ITV Logger: Keep in contact with people. Stay friendly. Keep emailing people, even if you’ve already landed yourself a job in the industry. It's important to stay on other people's minds because you never know when another production company may have an opening for when your placement ends.
Imogen, 24, BBC Freelance Journalist: I always try to have projects to work on independently. Because this industry is so informal and based on networking, you have to be good at talking to people, trying to make new connections and pushing your ideas forward.
Leila, 24, ITV Logger: The best way to network in TV is to contact people, even if you’ve never met them before. If you have a TV show that you love, find the names at the end of the credits and contact the series producer or researchers. If you’re interested in what someone does, there’s no harm in asking them for a zoom call or a coffee to get to know them. If you don’t get a response, keep trying.
Imogen, 24, BBC Freelance Journalist: Be confident, always introduce yourself. For example, a producer that I worked with had connections with somebody at channel 4 news, so I asked him to put me in touch with them. Then, I was able to have a meeting with the audio editor of Channel 4 to talk about my story ideas. Now that I have that connection, I already have a much higher chance of getting work there.
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