Different jobs in Job profiles working in TV

One of the great things about television is that it welcomes people of all different skill sets. Some of the broad areas are:

  • Electrical skills
  • Sound recording skills
  • Camera skills
  • Technical skills
  • Makeup skills
  • Costume skills
  • Hairdressing skills
  • Writing skills
  • Research skills
  • Set design and graphic arts skills
  • Video editing skills
  • Program management skills

These are some of the many different ways that individuals contribute to a live or recorded television production.

Some people make it to the next level by becoming an assistant or a secretary. From these basic positions, a person can learn a great deal and move into such areas as program management, floor management, and other important organizational areas.

For all of the jobs listed, an excellent cover letter and a CV that is top notch is absolutely necessary. If needed, find a pro to help refine the materials you send in.

What is it like working in television

Working as a researcher

This is a foundation job in television. Every other job relies on the researcher. Let's say that you (as a researcher) have been assigned to do a program on haunted houses. It's a broad field so how would you begin and what steps would you take?

If one of the directors has already selected a particular house, then it is going to mean:

  • Visiting the house and becoming familiar with every part of it.
  • Doing research about the house by talking to former owners, neighbors, and experts who have something to say about it. Reading any materials that have been written about the house.
  • Getting contact information from everyone you interview.
  • Getting information about haunted houses in general, to frame the program's story.
  • Creating a good story and forming ideas for the crew that will come to the place.
  • Working with the team in production meeting to showcase your ideas and get new ideas from others.
  • Making yourself interested in the project to a high degree. This takes discipline and professionalism.
  • Making sure that the work you are doing is visually exciting, contains interesting information that will draw viewers in, and is newsy.
  • Checking with the local library for additional information.
  • Building relationships with the people who are helping you.
  • Visualizing every aspect of the shoot so that there are no nasty surprises. This means asking all of the difficult questions in depth.
  • Being sure you know how the money is going to be handled, i.e. are any of the participants going to be paid for their efforts.
  • Writing the script. The script becomes the story, and must have a beginning, middle and end. It must be logical, follow along, and anticipate the viewer's questions. It must provide for a variety of angles and allow for some scene changes.