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what do employers look for when it comes to hiring a director/producer?

I want to be an NFL director/producer and I feel that I should probably have a background that impresses a employer. #television #director #producer #employer-relations #tv-production #television-producer

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Lauren’s Answer

Aside from know the sport, the rules, the stats (current and historical), you need the experience. From my experience in sports - you start as a production assistant, move to graphics, move to associate director, and so on. So you'll have to work your way up but getting internships or freelance jobs in the sports productions around your area would get you the best experience.


I would suggest getting involved with any productions that take place on your college campus. Reach out to ESPN/ESPN U and see if you can production assist on local sports productions. Try your local news channels too - they have sports departments.

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Charles’s Answer

Internships are a great way to get on a set and have a peek at what is actually required of various different positions in the industry. Expect long hours and days, but be ready to fill a need and be a Johnny-on-the-spot with whatever is needed. Learn the names of the various pieces of equipment so that the first time you hear someone call for that thing, you’re on it. Be seen and not heard for the first little bit of your PA work; nobody in the business needs to know how you think the shot should be lit or composed on your first day on set. Eventually, they will, but early on, not so much.
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