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Hi Guys and Girls.

I'm after some advice if anybody can offer it I am interested in becoming a production runner for live television. I'm currently tailoring a CV, however I have no experience in the Media industry.

Is there anybody out there who hasnt had any previous experience or with a media degree who has had any luck getting their foot in the door?

If anyone can offer any advice I would be very gratful!
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Hi Charlotte,

Firstly you should be tailoring your CV towards being a Runner in any kind of TV, not just live. Runners don't "specialise" in that way, they are just runners.

It's difficult to give you any specific advice without knowing more about your background but one thing you will need is the experience you say you lack. Obviously that puts you in the classic Catch-22 situation but that can be resolved by trying to get work experience on any kind of shoot you can. Start with short films, friends' productions etc and work your way towards production companies. If you are doing a media qualification, get as much experience as you can while doing that, on as many different types of shoot as you can.

You won't get runner work until you have done work experience in that way as everyone you will be up against will have that. If you have a driving licence, all the better but otherwise there is nothing else you can add to your CV that will improve your chances much. Good spelling and grammar, good qualifications, interesting extra-curricular will all help but only if you have the above.

Best of luck!
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Hi TV man,

Thank you for your reply, I have 8 years retail experience which I believe some of the qualities I have gained there are what production companies may be looking for. I am aiming to get a full drivng licence in January 2014 if not before that.

Do you know if there is a contact book on offer that gives you the names of Executive producers on particular shows? I am aware of the Contacts 2013 book, however there does nt appear to be any contacts I require in there?

Thanks again for your time. It's much appreciated.
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Hi Charlotte, I'm afraid the retail experience won't be any help to you. Your aim should be to get that experience lower and lower on your CV by replacing it with production work, paid or unpaid.

In terms of looking for contacts, you should not be looking for Executive Producers - Heads of Production, Producers and Production Managers are the names you need, especially the last of these. They are often freelance so will not be in contact books as such, however you can find the names of production companies at the end of shows and then google them for their website and their permanent staff members.
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Thank you so much. You have been a great help
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(Original post by TV man)
Hi Charlotte, I'm afraid the retail experience won't be any help to you. Your aim should be to get that experience lower and lower on your CV by replacing it with production work, paid or unpaid.

In terms of looking for contacts, you should not be looking for Executive Producers - Heads of Production, Producers and Production Managers are the names you need, especially the last of these. They are often freelance so will not be in contact books as such, however you can find the names of production companies at the end of shows and then google them for their website and their permanent staff members.
Hi Tv Man

We spoke late last year regarding Runner work. I am seeking my first opportunity in TV as a runner. I have been fortunate to get calls back inviting me to interview.

Are you able to give me a heads up on what kind of questions to expect/prepare for?

Your help will be greatly appreciated.
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Find out what the TV company makes Charlotte. And have a view on the shows they do make. Did you like them or not, and why? Be smart but not overdressed (no suits!) and friendly but not gushing. Smile at their jokes and be positive. Find out about the show you are being interviewed for (if you can). You have done very well to get an interview but don't get your hopes up - many are called but few are chosen!

Go to the Unit List and the TV Watercooler. They are sites which are packed full of free information for people in exactly your situation.
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Thank you very much! :-) x


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