Posted on 21st march 2018 by THE ERIC TEAM
It’s actually amazing how many respected and influential people in the media industry started off just making tea. You might think runners are at the bottom of the food chain (which they are), but nobody ever started at the top - you’ll essentially make tea and coffee and run around doing whatever feeble and arduous task your manager tells you to do, but it’s the perfect way to get your foot in the door in terms of the media industry. By being a runner you’re able to make contacts, show that you’re a hard worker, and eventually get the job that you actually want.
Believe it or not, if you know how to use certain editing software, you’ll be able to find a job as an editor in no time. Adobe After Effects is particularly high in demand, and if you know how to do basic editing using the tool then there are loads of editing companies that would want to take you - sure, you won’t be managing the next big CGI sequence in a Marvel blockbuster but you’ll definitely be editing out that dodgy mic on top of Captain America’s head. And, like all jobs in the creative industries, you’ll be able to work your way up and pick up useful skills and contacts along the way.
Production Assistant (radio station)
If you’re interested in getting into TV or radio, community radio is the best place to start. Find out who your local radio station is and get in touch; community radio stations are often understaffed and not very well funded, so they’ll be happy to have the extra help, especially if you know how to use certain editing software like Adobe Audition. Because local radio stations are usually small, you’ll be able to work your way up pretty quickly and your voice and opinions are more likely to be taken seriously than in a commercial radio station, so you can make actual changes and put your good ideas to use. You will pick up loads of amazing skills and (hopefully) eventually have enough work to put on a showreel/portfolio that you can send over to bigger stations in the future.
You’re never going to be the next Angelina Jolie overnight - okay, okay, some people really do just get cast main roles in huge films without having any any acting experience whatsoever, but not everyone is that lucky. Your best bet is to be an extra and you can find jobs as an extra pretty easily. Just look online and sign up for mailing lists where you’ll get emailed regularly about jobs. You’ll get paid decent money and it’s perfect for building up your acting showreel.
Written by Nada El-Hammoud
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