Careers in Culture – Careers in Film and Broadcasting
> Hands-on experience
Everyone who hires in film and broadcasting wants applicants who already have experience, whether volunteer or professional. Remember to ensure that any volunteer work you do fits under the guidelines of the unions or professional associations involved in the productions. Use the following checklist to consider other ways to get hands-on experience.
Mentors and Internships
Working in the field in the area of your interest is a great way of gaining expertise from already-seasoned workers. Look around in your own workplace to find a skilled and cooperative mentor, who is happy to share his/her expertise and experience. Internships are sometimes arranged between film study programs and local production houses. But opportunities are few and often limited by union agreements. Check out the CFTPA’s National Mentorship Program. You’ll have to be resourceful to find an intern or mentoring position; if you do, it can provide excellent new experiences.