Plan your apprenticeship
Searching for film editing jobs I noticed there was definitely no shortage. Many jobs for many different companies were listed online including major corporation Pedestrian TV, Mumbrella, Junkee Media and News Corp Australia. A similar quality that was linking each job together was there required skills:
- Have a proficiency in editing with adobe Premier Pro/Colour grading, After Effects and Photoshop.
- Demonstrate video editing ability with a strong portfolio.
- Familiarity with special effects, 3D and compositing
- Experience in camera operation, DSLR & digital video cameras, sound equipment and the overall production process
- Proven work experience as a video editor
Some skills I’ve found are a lot harder to acquire than others. Some jobs ask for a certain number of years’ experience in the industry (journalism, digital media, film or graphic design). A way to count the years I have been involved include the experience I’ve gained through internships, University groups (UOWTV) and projects I’ve done on my own.
Identify three potential mentors
Last year I interned at the digital media agency, Publicis. There I met several potential mentors who guided me through the six weeks I worked there. They helped me not just with my work but also shared their own stories and experiences leading up to their found positions. One person in particular (the digital media executor) gave me the opportunity to list him as a reference for future career endeavours.
Identify target organisations/professionals/pathways
ABC Television offers a two-year paid internship for people studying a relevant tertiary course. It allows an individual to gain insight into television production and gives experience in TV operations, programming, digital, scripted and non-scripted production. ABC TV currently employs over 500 people across Sydney and Melbourne and aims to create, curate and deliver high-quality programming that informs, educates and entertains. At the end of the internship successful applicants have the opportunity to apply for an ongoing position at the ABC. This job would be a great way to get a foot in the industry, meet new contacts, gain potential mentors and get the experience needed to go further in my career.
Channel Ten are currently looking for digital media interns which would be another great pathway into the film and television industry. The requirements include examples of work relating to digital media and a cover letter outlining 200 words what would you like to learn during the experience. Channel Ten is a major Australian corporation and would allow endless opportunities and career pathways.
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