What you do in the job?
A runner works as the most junior member of the production team and will get involved in all aspects of the production from making the tea, running around to pick up tapes and props etc, to helping out with research.
Why should anyone be convinced that you would be a good candidate for this sort of job....
You will be asked to assist in a variety of tasks, both logistical and programme related.
1. Look after the contributors/actors
2. Go and get lunch on location/for a small office
3. Go and get props to film on location
4. Make the tea
5. Move cars around
6. Move set/set dressing around
On a shoot:
Ask; when a job needs to be done by, - assume as soon as poss.
Keep QUIET, and out of the eye lines - ie where the presenter/actor is facing you - ie not right behind the camera, where you may put off the presenter.
Believe it or not tea and coffee breaks are important - especially on location.
When we are concentrating for hours at a time, on maybe a 15 hour day, the respite of a coffee break matters all the more. Get this one right and you'll soon start making friends in TV.
Act quickly and prioritise the jobs you are given. Ask to find out the time scale for jobs, the expected work hours, the expenses etc.
Every year, thousands of people apply for jobs that they have not researched properly, and for which they do not have the appropriate skills, personality, experience or qualifications. Inevitably they are rejected by the employers.
So be well informed, extremely realistic, and knowledgeable about the work area you decide to focus on. Then you need to very effectively persuade someone to give you that break.
Approach the task of getting that all-important job in a PROFESSIONAL MANNER.
What qualities are required?
Energy, stamina, common sense, often a driving license. Prepared to help out with the most basic duties as well as the more challenging ones, as they are all vital to the ultimate success of the programme. Also:
Ambition, passion, creativity, drive, energy, ideas and imagination.
Recruiters often quote these:
* Pleasant personality
* Good communication skills
* Lots of energy
* Attention to detail
* Lateral thinking
* Knowing when to shut up
* Not afraid of getting their hands dirty
* Not too grand to make the sandwiches/wash up, etc.
* And of course A PASSION FOR THE INDUSTRY!
Also think about your basic skills:
Could you help out in the production office?
Do you have good keyboard skills?
Are you practical and adaptable?
Are you used to working in teams?
Are you well organised?
Do you, for example, manage your time in order to study AND do a part time job?
Do you keep track of your personal finances?
Have you organised a big event, like a stage show, the Christmas party etc?
Are you a good 'ideas' person?
Can you communicate effectively?
Are you good at persuading others to your point of view?
Do you listen, actively to gather information?
Do you call and speak to people, rather than do all your research on the internet?
How you start and where you can go with it?
YUP, this is it!! Becoming a RUNNER is THE most popular route into TV.. certainly into the production side of the industry.
People who start as runners will go on to any area of production/programme making, from camera work to researching to directing and producing.
The Runner's motto: Do every job as if your life depended on it.
If, when you are given the responsibility to look after a small job, you take it seriously, and make a really good job of it, then your boss will TRUST YOU to take on a bigger job and do it well too.
So do every job BRILLIANTLY.
Typical runner advert (when they do appear)
Once again I am searching for an enthusiastic runner/driver who is over 23 to work on our programme. Ideally they should have a lot of energy, know a bit about TV and running, be good with floats and receipts, be happy to drive around the country and be away some weekends.
We're looking for someone who is incredibly keen to do this for a small weekly sum of money (+ expenses).