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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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1. Most people don't understand what a producer actually does.

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"So, you're the person at the end of the credits who's not the director?"

2. The truth is, a producer does EVERYTHING.

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.
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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.

3. Most of these skills don't get taught to us in journo school.

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So we've got to learn new talents pretty damn quickly while also being a multitasking whizz.

4. It's a huge help if we're good at talking to everyone, even better at listening, and shit hot at getting a vibe off people quickly.

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5. We have to get used to having several meetings a day.

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We plan as much as possible, all the while being fully aware that things will probably have to change last minute.

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

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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.

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9. We learn everything about the on-screen regulars.

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From their schedule, their likes and dislikes, how they look when they're happy, and especially how they look when they're pissed off.

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.
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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.

11. We often have to improvise at locations.

Most locations don't have an elaborate make-up studio or cupboards of glamorous free outfits, so the toilet becomes a makeshift salon before recording.
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Most locations don't have an elaborate make-up studio or cupboards of glamorous free outfits, so the toilet becomes a makeshift salon before recording.

12. If shit hits the fan, we have to be there.

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It doesn't matter if it's your best friend's baby shower that day or you have killer flu.

13. Things are rarely broadcast true to life.

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Whatever the programme, things get cut out, rearranged, or re-recorded all the time.

14. Recording with animals really is hard work.

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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.

15. Being a drama queen gets you nowhere.

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It just puts people off working with you again.

16. There's little time to relax as a producer.

17. We often get the blame when the on-screen talent messes up.

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Meanwhile they often get praised for something that we made happen.

18. A lot of producers are freelancers, so we basically live on a student budget.

But without as much of the discounted booze.
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But without as much of the discounted booze.

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

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20. If you spot another camera crew, a satellite truck, or someone rigging up a location during your downtime, you can't just walk past.

21. Every day at work is completely different to the next, and that's amazing.

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