Thinking about a career in TV and film? Getting into such a competitive industry can be tough, here’s some information about various routes into the industry.
Looking to study TV and film?
AimHigher Routes into Film and Broadcast Media is a First Steps booklet looking at the various roles in the industry, case studies and courses available in Kent. A must read if you’re looking for entry level information about career paths into the film and broadcast industries!
Kent also has a multitude of colleges and universities offering courses in TV and film.
Work Experience and trainee opportunities
Finding work experience and your first job in the industry can be difficult, but we’re here to help! The TV and film industry is very competitive and studying the area you want to work in isn’t enough these days to secure a job in the industry. The Kent Film Offices always offers runners and Kent Trainees to productions that are visiting the county.
Getting experience as a runner is a great way to learn about how a film crew works, looks good on your CV and can also give you some great contacts!
If you’d like to be notified of any entry level runner opportunities in Kent, please contact us with your email address, phone number and Kent address as we offer runners to visiting productions and will send out requests to those that are registered, although usually for runner jobs you would only receive food and expenses.
The Kent Film Office tries to negotiate longer term training opportunities for graduates with both visiting and local production companies when they are filming in the county for several weeks or months.
We have close links with Kent’s Colleges and Universities and notify our contacts as well as those registered as Kent Trainees on our production guide when opportunities come up.
Check out our Case Studies which demonstrate how on-set experience and working with local production companies have helped some of our trainees to progress further within the industry.
Work experience at a production company
To secure a placement with a film or TV company, the best thing to do is write to as many production companies as you can, either in a suitable area or around a chosen specialisation. The Knowledge Online, Kemps, The Production Guide and Kays are good sources for finding contact details for those.
Work experience at the Kent Film Office
The Kent Film Office does offer work experience, however this is mainly office based and can include writing articles, research, photography and adding to the locations and customer contacts database. For more information visit: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/training/work-experience/
If you have twitter make sure you follow us – @filminginkent as we often tweet training opportunities!
Are you a student wanting to film in Kent?
The student portal gives you guidelines and tips for filming in the county and if you need any advice get in touch!
Creative Skillset is the Creative Industries’ Sector Skills Council (SSC) and is endorsed by the UK Film industry. The website has lots of information about the film industries as well as in depth job profiles - http://www.creativeskillset.org
So You Want To Work in Television a blog by TV Executive Siubhan Richmond about getting into the TV industry. There is some great advice and insight into the world of TV, a must read for anyone aspiring to work in the field - http://wanttoworkintelevision.com/