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21 Things You Learn Working In TV Production

It's not as glamorous as you'd think.

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2. The truth is, a producer does EVERYTHING.

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From planning show content, coordinating schedules, stepping in to interview people, prepping guests, organising on-screen staff, carrying kit, sorting out public liability insurance, and whatever else falls between.


6. We often find ourselves breaking down all time into units because we're glued to rundowns. / Via

7. We do a lot of walking on the job.

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You have to be in good shape to keep up with all the running between locations, speaking to colleagues, and sourcing supplies – all usually done while juggling emails and phone calls.


8. Everything becomes a potential source for a story, plot line, or location.

10. Our typical meals aren't as glamorous as our on-screen coworkers'.

While on-screen talent hit fad diets and gross detox juices, the off-screen team's food mainly consists of caffeine, quick meals, and nasty Prosecco at press launches.


14. Recording with animals really is hard work.

They don't stay on their mark, they make unexpected noises, and sometimes leave you nasty presents. But it does mean you sometimes get furry cuddles.


19. You end up working with so many weird and wonderful people who know all sorts of strange stuff.

Note: This post is based on one person’s experience of working in the industry.