To many, working in the film and television industry can sound a little nutty. Many job advertisements seem to read…
Compliant drone needed to work long hours for low pay under unpleasant conditions. Must be willing to drop everything at short notice in return for no job security, no pension and fewer than one lunch break per day. Must own a car and don’t bother applying unless you know someone who already works here.
And yet there are no shortage of new entrants. The number of media students has increased dramatically in recent years and the UK film industry is employing more people than it has in a very long time, possibly ever. The end result is that most industry professionals get asked on a regular basis “How can I get into the film/TV industry?”
To answer this I performed two surveys – one with 1,235 international film professionals and the other with thecallsheet.co.uk’s audience of UK television and film employers.
- Facebook is the most popular place for employers to post new vacancies
- Having a driving licence is much more useful than a university degree
- On average, UK employers receive 60 applications for each job.
- Only 46% of those applicants meet the job requirements
- Just under half of all film and television employers think that new entrants should work for free
- When asked ‘What makes a perfect CV?’ 67% of employers used the words “short” or “concise”
Where can I find a job?
It would take a few blog posts to go through all the ways you could start your career in film or television so for now I will stick to the job boards. The most commonly used site for new film and TV jobs is… Facebook!
I have previously analysed a year’s worth of jobs on Shooting People, which would be worth reading if you’re looking for film work.