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An Expert's Guide to Getting into TV

An Expert's Guide to Getting into TV [Kindle Edition]

Siubhan Richmond
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Product Description

A comprehensive and practical guide to finding work and selling yourself effectively for an entry-level job in television production.

Written by an award-winning executive producer of many years experience, it tells it how it really is in the TV business and how to make the most of modern technology to develop your media skills.

In a competitive job market applicants for work in the media need to use every trick in the book to get ahead. The 25,000 word guide is packed with practical techniques on selling yourself, finding the available jobs, gaining work experience and includes many links to invaluable online resources.

It includes detailed advice on writing an effective CV along with real-life examples; how to compose a strong covering letter; what to expect at interview and advice from a range of experienced and respected media professionals.

There is also important advice on avoiding exploitation in the work experience market; the importance of networking; what to study for a career in TV and advice on developing suitable skills. From the reality of a TV runner's job to how to deal with periods of unemployment, it covers all areas of interest to anyone trying to get that first job in TV.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 223 KB
  • Print Length: 123 pages
  • Publisher: Siubhan Richmond (24 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #283,150 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Who am I?

An award-winning television producer with a love of developing and launching new shows ... despite the trauma that usually involves. Many years experience on entertainment, factual, daytime and lifestyle programmes, the most famous being ITV's daytime series, 'This Morning'. Other credits include launch & series producer of Sky One's popular dating format, 'The Villa', and their live daytime series 'Angela & Friends', with Angela Griffin. Also been involved in a host of reality formats, travel, makeover madness, cooking and gardening, music and children's - I've suffered and enjoyed them all!

Founder and editor of TV web site So You Want To Work in Television (
Just uploaded my very first eBook onto Amazon. Go check it out!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasent surprise. 28 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
After following the authors website[...] I was a little skeptical about purchasing this book, as previously I've found you often only get an edited version of the stuff available online for free.

I'm happy to say that this book doesn't follow that format, and that most of the material is new. The few instances where content from the website is used, it is done so in good context and adds value to the book.

The media industry is a tough one to get into, and while this book's focus is clearly TV Careers, I'm sure it would be equally useful to people trying to get into other types media.

The content of the book differs from most 'careers advice' in that it offers a range of sources for that first job - and also highlights some of the pitfalls (such as work experience exploitation).

The book is also very comprehensive and includes information on where to look for jobs, how to put together a CV, what entry level jobs will entail, how much money you can expect to earn and crucially includes information from a range of recruiters.

This book is definitely worth buying if you are looking for that entry level job.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the most valuable book I have ever read 21 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been following Shu Richmond on Twitter for about a year now as I have tried to get my foot in the door working in television. I have also subscribed to her website ([..]) and read the articles on a regular basis.

I am currently in my final year of uni studying Television Production, and up until September I felt unsure how to get in to the industry, and sending my CV out 100s of times a week to many different people and companies was getting me nowhere.

Reading through this book has helped me considerably get to where I want to be within the industry, and since following Shu's advice, I have got five professional credits on my CV working as a runner on some of the biggest television programmes in the UK.

The book explains in detail how to present your CV and sell yourself with your CV and cover letter, how to prepare for an interview and the importance of networking, as well as explaining how you can better your chances at getting a job in the industry whilst you're unemployed.

Shu also makes the valid point that you do not need a degree in television or media to work in the industry an advice is given there.

Moreover, the book is filled with comments and suggestions from top people in the industry, exec producers, researchers, etc as well as a chapter written by somebody who has worked as a runner in the industry and what advice she would give, and how she has moved on to become a researcher working on various ITV productions.

I have my foot in the door now doing as much runner work as possible, and reading this book has significantly helped me gain the experience that I needed to get in to the industry. I have an interview next week, and I still find myself looking back over this book to brush up on hints and tips.

Definitely worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Jess K
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been following Shu on Twitter for a good while now, and have read various articles on the website - both of which give fantastic info on TV careers.

This guide, however, is much more in-depth and gives that extra push into helping to get a foot in the door; brilliant value for money at under £5!

Being only a college student myself at the moment, it's friendly yet formal presentation is a delight to read and has all the vital pieces of information I'd need: helping with a CV, contacts, where to find experience, etc.
For one, I admire how it gives the harsh reality of television rather than sugar-coating it, but explains the hardships in a way that aren't off-putting and gives credible advice on how to fix any problems.

Definitely inspiring and a must-have for someone wanting a television career. I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone who was interested in one.

Many, many thanks for such a brilliant guide!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful book 10 Jun 2013
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Bought this book for my son who is at the beginning of his career in the media. It is full of helpful information and hints with examples on how to write CV's and cover letters. Easy uncomplicated reading. Would thoroughly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible, comprehensive, intelligent & inspiring 28 April 2012
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The welcoming, friendly tone of this book is balanced perfectly with the clear, intelligent and impartial guidance, information and advice it offers.

Balance is a key theme throughout the book. It likewise presents the right parity between inspiring confidence and warning against the struggles experienced breaking into Television.

Drawing not just upon the excellent first-hand experiences of the author, accounts and advice from those within the industry at all different levels allow this book to communicate a comprehensive and impartial outlook for aspiring creatives.

Already recommended to many and will continue to do so. A heartfelt thanks to the author.
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