My name is Michelle Matherson and I run My First Job In TV. I have worked in the television industry for nearly 20 years. I am here to help the next generation of TV talent deliver on their potential.
With nearly 20 years in production, development, commissioning and talent I’ve worked across all genres. One of the most important roles for me has been mentoring, guiding and advising people through the maze of TV to find the role that is right for them.
I have worked for all the large broadcasters; ITV Studios, BBC, Channel 4 and the Independent sector. Over the years I have built up contacts and relationships with key decision makers, gate-keepers and creatives so that I fully understand what is needed for you to succeed in becoming one of the best.
I have spoken on panels for BAFTA, RTS and numerous industry and Diversity panels & forums. I am well connected having one of the best ‘ black books’’ in the business and a proven track record in headhunting both on and off-screen talent.
I have devised and run many entry-level training courses including runners, researchers and camera training. I will be running a series of training courses for MFJTV to make our members 'Career Ready', equipping you with the skills and confidence that is recognised by the industry making landing a job that much easier.
It is essential to be connected in this industry but this comes from being mentored and ‘shown the ropes’. I have mentored throughout my career from TV Executives to Runners and Work Experience. Everyone needs mentoring and this is important to have one to ones to help and steer you in the right direction. We will be running regular mentoring schemes, so MFJTV members get to learn from current industry professionals.
In this industry you need to ‘manage your own career’. It means you need to have an idea or passion for the areas that you want to work in and the career you think would suit you. MFJTV will advise you whether you are incredibly clear or need help to make the right choices. We will get your CV looking the part and help you put a plan together to achieve your goals.
MFJTV is a community where we can help each other. Its important to remember TV is a people's industry, working closely with others you only may have just met, and it is often from these very people that your next role will come from. As such we will be running a series of networking and social events throughout the year hosted by industry specialists and MFJTV so you can meet, learn and expand your circle of industry contacts.
Here at MFJTV we will continue to evolve to keep abreast of industry changes and needs. Guidance, advice and training are all areas that we will be offering as well as networking events and work experience. My aim is to make launching your TV career easier, with clear career paths and open access to all the available jobs and opportunities that are out there.
“During my time at ITV Michelle was incredibly positive and gave me loads of constructive and pragmatic career guidance whilst I was moving from one role to another. She always enabled me to see the bigger picture and her connections helped me land my role as an ITV apprentice. Michelle is a very knowledgeable and well-connected figure in a range of creative industries and is a valuable resource for any young person starting off in the TV world.”
- Osman A
“Michelle was great in not only offering me my first proper full-time contract in the industry but for also providing guidance and mentoring me throughout my time at ITV. She's a delight to work alongside”.
- Fez S
"Michelle’s mentorship during my time at ITV Shiver was indispensable in the early trajectory of my career. Michelle was attentive, involved and encouraging – and truly provided amazing guidance. With her direction and recommendation, I was able to work on the landmark series ‘Hospital’ for BBC 2 – and subsequently, enjoy further opportunities working on brilliant programming. For any young person entering the world of television, Michelle’s support is unmatched!
- Charlene O