Working Practices

In the Media industry, the most common form of employment is a free lancer. This person is self employed and is not committed to working for one company full time, but instead does specific work for different jobs as required. For example, a lighting engineer may be employed by a company to work on a particular project for the duration of 3 months, and then move onto another job by a different company when a position is made available.

Pros of being a freelancer include

  • The freedom to choose your own work

  • Flexible working times

  • No joining requirements

  • The ability to develop your skills in the field that you love and want to do

  • The work is varied and constantly different , so there is a smaller chance of it getting repetative and boring

  • Working with different companies will open the doors to networking and getting new links within the industry

  • The ability to build your reputation, and if it is a good one, it will lead you to bigger and a wider variety of work opportunities within the industry

CONS of being freelancer

  • The main and most prominent downfall of being a freelancer would be the stress that comes with it

  • May consist of long periods of unemployment- that means months with no work, and therefore, no income

  • It is difficult to break into the industry and actually get a job, as many companies hire people who already have a good reputation in the field and are known for their skills.

SELF EMPLOYED

Being self employed is slightly different to being a free lancer. Even though a freelancer is self employed in the sense tat they negociate their own wage and pay their own taxes, a self employed person is someone who creates and operates tehir own business; they are creating the product.

PROS of being self-employed

  • You are working in the industry

  • It is easier to start your own business than to get a good job in the industry

  • You are creating the possibility of breaking through and into the industry

CONS of being self-employed

  • Irregular income

  • Quite a lot of money is needed to start up

  • You are taking a huge risk – there is a huge possibility that after having invested all your money and time into this business, it fails.

EMPLOYED

This involves being hired long term by one company.They are usually short term contracts, as most jobs in the media are on projects, which would only be for the duration of a couple months. An example of this would be being the sound engineer on a television show such as the X Factor. Pros of this is the sense of security, and a steady income without the stress of having to constantly find new work. A con however, is the lack of variety in work. There is a possibility that one may not even enjoy what they are doing as much as they would if they were running their own business or freelancing, and could therefore choose exactly what they want to do.

 

CAREER TIMELINE

 

Canterbury College Film and Television Production Course – 2016 – 2017

University- practical course in film production or film production together with something else, such as a joint course with journalism or television presenting. A possible course to do would be 2017- 2020. While doing the course, I will promote myself as much as possible by making as many connections with the people I’m exposed to at the university, as well as people I meet outside of it. On my blog and Youtube channel, I’ll regularly upload films and documentaries regularly, even if they are just short. I will also upload music videos and any promotional videos that I may get asked to do. In addition, I will set up my own small business with a website and business cards.

2020- 2027: After completing University, I plan to secure a job with a company filming and directing documentaries and therefore being able to travel I will also be involved in other small projects on the side, such as films for television or festivals. I will continue to make my own short films and run my own freelancing company, which will eventually take off, and I will be able to be comfortably self-employed, and in high demand, making films, music videos and commercial videos regularly for a high price.

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