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  • #1836

    Hi all!

    I am a senior producer working in daytime programmes and will be happy to answer any questions or offer any advice etc to anyone that feels they would benefit.

    This really is an excellent initiative!

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    Olivia
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    Hi Mattie! My name is Olivia and I’m looking to make the move into tv production from producing live shows. What advice can you give on trying to get my foot in the door? I’ve tried starting at the bottom applying for runner positions but they all seem to want lots of experience so not sure where to begin! Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  • #1928

    Hey Olivia! I totally understand how difficult that must be coming from a non-TV background. But you do have so many transferable skills! Before TV I worked in theatre management for a good few years, and I then went on to a runner job. Being a runner really is pretty much the only way in and if you are good you’ll climb the ladder really quickly so keep on sending those emails to anyone and everyone. Watch the credits and take production manager or coordinators names and then try their emails. Those are the people who will recruit you- usually not producers or series producers.

    Look at the ITV talent page- I know they are recruiting for runners on This Morning and Loose Women at the moment. Feel free to mention my name.
    Good Luck!

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    Jack
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    Hi Olivia, yes Mattie has made some great points above and I’d agree with everything he’s said. It’s about getting that first foot in the door as you say, whether that’s a running job, work experience or even a shadow day. If you can, contact people directly even if it’s just to request / offer a shadow day. Then once you get that first opportunity, make the most of it. If it’s doing tea runs as a runner, make a point of remembering people’s names (write them down, Bradley Walsh once gave a closing speech at The London Studios and that advise on remembering names stood out to me, he said that’s been vital for him in how his career progressed). Show an interest in what each person is doing (you may discover an interesting role you’d never considered before). In general, people in the industry are very happy to help new starters so be positive, work hard and be open to all opportunities. A good runner really stands out. I started as a runner and really enjoyed it. I’ve seen plenty of runners progress to very senior positions and I’m now employed as a freelance by many of them! Good luck and please ask any questions you like!

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    Olivia
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    Thank you so much for your advice! Really helpful. I actually applied for the runner job for This Morning yesterday so I’m keeping everything crossed for that.
    Thank you again for your help!

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    Jack
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    Good luck Olivia! If the This Morning role doesn’t come through, another one will very soon but best of luck!

  • #1957

    Hi Mattie,

    I have just finished 6th form, and am looking to become a runner to kickstart a career in either TV or Film production. However, I opted not to go to university, and it seems almost impossible for any opportunity to come up for me. I have applied for hundreds of runners, apprenticeship, and internship positions, but never seem to have a chance.

    I’m just wondering what is the best way to break into the industry, as at the moment it seems like there is no hope.

    Thanks,

    Kai

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