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What does an average day in the life look like for a T.V. production person?

I play and watch pro football, and think it would be really cool to work in TV production for sports shows when I grow up. I'm only in high school though, so I have time. I'm wondering what your days look like in TV production. Is it stressful? How many hours do you work each day? What kind of work is involved exactly? #sports #broadcast-media #media-production #television-production

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Brandon’s Answer

There are numerous jobs available in TV production including work on editing video, mixing audio, shooting cameras, writing scripts, doing research, building graphics, writing fonts, and much more.The more you are exposed to different production environments the better feel you can get for which jobs you would be most interested in.

Sometimes the job can be stressful while you're working on a live TV show or game. Time is of the essence and every mistake is out there for the world to see. A lot of production positions work out of a 'control room' which is like a central communications hub for a show or event. When things get stressful or breaking news occurs, there can be a lot of yelling. The time before and after a show (or game) is usually not very stressful.

The work days are long, especially if you want to get into sports television. Most sporting events are scheduled in the evenings and weekends (also holidays) so you'll be working when most other people are not.

TV production jobs are available anywhere from your local TV station to national networks as well as independent production companies and sports teams. The jobs range from hourly and freelance to salary.

One suggestion I would add would be to go down to local TV station and ask for a tour. Talk to the employees there and ask a lot of questions.

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Jill’s Answer

Be ready for late nights, weekends, and working on Christmas and Thanksgiving. Having Tuesday and Wednesdays as your weekend is not unusual. But it can also be very rewarding. It really depends on the type of job you get and the hours you're assigned. I work in the early morning in Master Control, and as it does vary, my day is usually pretty predictable. When I worked the primetime hours, it was more fluid. Breaking news can always put a wrench in things though, making it fun and exciting. And you never know what is going to happen in live games. But remember that you may not work on sports you like, and even if you do, you are "working" and may not even be able to pay attention to the game.

Thick skin is important, because as Brandon said, there can be a lot of yelling. Mistakes are seen by millions, and can't be "re-done" in many situations. Attention to detail, being able to learn quickly, and being wiling to learn and be coached is very important. School will teach you the basics, but when you land that job, you need to learn how to do things their way.

But the knowledge that what you are doing is being seen by millions, and that you've done a great job to get a superior product on the air is an amazing feeling. Getting through a particularly difficult broadcast is an adrenaline rush, and can bring great satisfaction. So as with every career, there are the ups and the downs. It's really personal decision if this field is right for you. :) Good Luck.

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Jennifer’s Answer

Work in media production can be very hard and stressful. It's a competitive industry which makes finding a "dream role" challenging. But the good thing is that you are already passionate about the work! That's the first step. If you love the world of pro sports, that will give you an edge when you start to apply for work.

There are lots of different roles in media production: from producing, to camera, editing, writing, booking. Join clubs and take internships in college to learn which kinds of skills you enjoy and then keep your eyes open for relevant jobs in your chosen field.

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Carlie’s Answer

Hey Rob!

Great question. There are many different roles in TV production. For my current entry-level role (Event Production Assistant) the day-to-day job varies. Some of my days are spent researching story ideas to pitch to the producer, other days I'm finding footage for edits or producing edits in an 8-hour edit session. Event production is a lot of lead-up prep work that may or may not get thrown out the window once we're live. But, that's one of the reasons I love events, you never know what you're going to get on a given day.

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Wael’s Answer

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