A career in television and video production offers ample opportunity to move from entry-level positions to a variety of specialties. Newcomers to the business often start out performing duties such as lighting, staging and recording, or operating camera dollies and microphone booms. Mid-level positions include developing and editing film, producing storyboards, and videotaping or audio recording on tape or disc. Experienced and talented individuals may eventually produce, direct or supervise radio and TV programs, films or theatrical performances.
Often viewed as a glamorous profession, most of the work available in this field takes place behind the scenes, involving audio, video, lighting, set design, producing and directing. There is a high demand for skilled workers in these highly technical occupations, which are found in many industries and are continually growing due to changes in technology. Those who are successful have a passion for their work and are willing to work long hours under stressful conditions.
For a career in television and video production, you must be willing to start small and work your way up. If you are able to pay careful attention to detail and concentrate for long periods of time, and are organized and have the ability to juggle numerous tasks under stressful circumstances you may be suited to this kind of work. Well-developed communication skills are also vital in order to clearly express your concerns and ideas to producers, technical crew members and cast members. To succeed you should be creative, aggressive and confident, and capable of working effectively as part of a team. Workers in this field require eye-hand-finger coordination to operate, set up, repair and adjust equipment along with proficient analytical skills for monitoring sound level, quality and timing of sound and picture. Tenacity and perseverance are absolutely essential as you must be motivated to get ahead in this competitive industry.
Employees in this field can work for television stations, advertising and marketing companies, government services, video production companies or independent producers of film and television. They work either on location or in studios and laboratories, and these positions can involve extensive travel. Work is usually varied, with a good deal of autonomy and flexible scheduling, although long hours and overtime are the industry norm.
- Special Effects Technician
- Broadcast Engineer
- Recording Engineer
- For more information, contact:
- Your local community cable television station
- The Canadian Association of Broadcasters