Few technologies dominate the cultural landscape of the United States the way television does. The prestige and power of the medium draw a considerable amount of investment and talent to the television industry. Due to its popularity, getting your foot in the door as a TV production assistant requires passion, dedication and a willingness to perform a variety of chores for your production team.
Education and Internships
Enrolling in a film and television production program at a college or university teaches you important technical skills, such as how to edit video using a non-linear editing system. These schools also provide the opportunity to collaborate on TV projects with your peers while learning about storytelling in a variety of television genres, including sitcoms, drama, news and reality TV. An internship or a co-op with a television production company gives you valuable experience and the chance to prove your skills and dedication towards the craft. Internships also help you develop vital connections within the industry.
Duties and Employment Opportunities
TV production assistants perform support duties. Creative work includes brainstorming ideas and editing scripts, while support duties involve running teleprompters, distributing copies of scripts or grabbing refreshments for the crew. Employers seek candidates familiar with all aspects of television production, yet are also willing to perform mundane tasks with the same enthusiasm as creative duties. Completing multiple internships sharpens the skills necessary for this position, increasing your chances of landing a television production assistant job. You will find the most TV production jobs in Los Angeles and New York, though competition for jobs in these markets can be fierce.
- University of Southern California: Film & Television Production: Program Information
- Disney ABC Television Group: Internships / Co-ops
- Work In Entertainment: TV Production Assistant Jobs: How to Get Them and What to Expect
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment Statistics: Producers and Directors
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