How to Secure your First Job in TV

Getting your first role in the TV industry is a big deal. You’re going from not having any experience at all to being part of an industry with lots of opportunities, but also some challenges. A lot of people don’t want to do it because they think they’re not qualified or experienced enough. But don’t worry! It’s not as hard as it seems and here are some tips on how to secure that first role:

Create a Plan

Planning is essential if you want to succeed in the TV industry, but it can be hard to do. You’ve got a lot of work to do, and your time is limited.

Write down your goals as soon as possible (and make sure they’re specific). For example, “I want a job at Netflix” isn’t very helpful; instead write down what exactly makes Netflix worth applying for. You are giving yourself a headstart when those questions pop up in the interview.

We proactive and seek out opportunities by reaching out directly to relevant individuals at companies that are of interest. Securing your first job is crucial, but a lot of it comes down to the perfect timing.

Which Sector?

It can be tempting to go into a field you know nothing about, but it’s best to choose multiple sectors that interests you. If the industry is growing, there will be more opportunities in the future.

If possible, choose a sector with good reputations and high demand—this ensures that you’ll be able to find jobs easily.

In the TV world, the sectors that have the most jobs are:

  • Production
  • Broadcasting
  • Post-Production
  • Marketing & Advertising

Improve your skillset.

  • Develop your skillset.
  • Learn new skills.
  • Improve your knowledge and experience, whether it’s in acting or directing, writing or producing, etcetera.

Attend industry events like The Media Production Show.

If you’re looking to break into the industry, attending events like The Media Production Show is a great way to get connected with people who can help you. At these events, you’ll be able to meet recruiters and discover new opportunities in the industry. It’s also a great opportunity to network with people who work in your field.

The Royal Television Society, one of the industry bodies, also runs an RTS Futures calendar of events throughout the year. These are specifically designed to appeal to those looking to break into the television industry and you will often hear inspirational stories from individuals who have successfully built a career.

These types of events are often free for jobseekers and students – so don’t hesitate if there’s one near where you live!

Be Prepared

You might be surprised to hear that you can get a job in television without experience. In fact, many entry level positions are available for those who have some background in the industry or who have just graduated from university.

If you’re still looking for work after your internship, consider taking an entry-level position at one of the many local channels or production companies around the country. These jobs will give you experience and exposure so that when it’s time to apply for full-time jobs, such as producer or writer, people will be willing to hire someone with your skillset in mind.


It’s worth remembering that not everyone will get a job on the first day, so don’t get down about it if you don’t. Also remember that this is just one part of your journey to becoming successful in the TV industry. We hope this article has given you some tips and advice on how best to secure your first role!