BiteSized@NFTS: How to Get A Job in Television

Short course


The demand for TV content in the UK has never been higher and the industry is booming. But how to get into and navigate a career path in this notoriously freelance industry – when there are no simple straightforward routes to entry nor one route to progress?

This course will give an overview to the industry, focussing on the editorial and production career paths within it and how it works in practice. Demystify job titles, grades and different entry points and pathways and equipping you with methods for finding work television and successfully freelancing.

It will explain the difference between production and editorial. Editorial and development and how to best present and market yourself and is designed to build confidence, and will show that networking, visibility and relationships are as important as qualifications in this creative industry


Areas covered will include:

  • Industry overview – BBC and indies
  • Production versus editorial – career paths and job roles
  • Freelancing and managing your own career path
  • Rates and contract types
  • CV writing – do’s and don’ts – template provided as handout
  • Writing your cover letter and communication
  • Useful contacts and training organisations – resources provided

Corporate Rate: £100

Freelance Rate: £50

Course Tutor Elsa Sharp – Talent Executive - BBC News and Current Affairs

Elsa Sharp is a talent executive in BBC News and Current Affairs recruiting editorial and production freelancers for Panorama, This World, Newsnight and topical documentaries and investigations.

Elsa recruits production and editorial staff from entry level to film makers and executive producers as well as supporting continuous roles in News for the World Service, BBC Arabic and Africa Eye. She is also involved with BBC entry level Apprenticeship schemes. She is a BBC trained a mentor.

Prior to joining the BBC in 2013 Elsa worked as a head of talent at various indies including Dragonfly Film and TV, Raw Television and Firecracker Films. She started working in TV as a researcher and freelanced in production and development on entertainment and comedy shows before becoming a Head of Talent in 2005.

Her book, How To Get A Job in Television, was published by A&C Black in 2009 and is still in print. In 2021 she wrote and self published eBook How to Get A Job in Television Updated  

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