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Adam Simon, Researcher | June 2017


Originally graduating with a degree in biology, Adam has worked across documentaries and specialist factual programming since 2013.

When did you begin your career in the TV industry?

I started me career in Television in 2013

Tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired you to enter the TV industry? 

I originally studied Biology but I’ve always had a strong interest in Television and Film. I started making short videos myself then looked at getting into the television industry.

What was the best piece of advice you were given by your tutors/teachers to prepare you for the working world?

Don’t try and go in right at the top (i.e. apply for Director/Producer roles). You need to gain experience before this happens!

How long did it take you to get your first permanent (or fixed term) paying job, and how long did it take you to consistently find paying work?

4-5 months.

What was your first impression of a studio set/ location shoot?

I liked it. It’s great to work on a variety of programmes as that means things are constantly different. I couldn’t be stuck in a job that was constantly the same.

When working as a runner/trainee/assistant what are your responsibilities, and what have you found hardest to master?

A mixture of things. I started quite technical and did a lot of shooting and sound recording – then went onto more development, script writing and storytelling.

What set/location etiquette have you learnt that you think all new entrants should know? 

Just be helpful and enjoy yourself. Don’t worry about constantly getting people teas most production staff want to help you learn.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

In general – travelling a lot with work, and meeting so many different people. In documentary its not about you, it’s about the amazing characters you meet in front on the lens.

Having a substantial amount of experience under your belt now, what advice would you give to those just starting out?

Just take any opportunity you can to learn new skills and don’t be scared to ask questions. If you don’t think something’s working let someone know, otherwise it could come to bite you later.

 

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