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Short Story / Religion and Spirituality
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Presently, I work with a team of people in the current affair division of the Rivers State Television. I have already produced more than 200 episodes running, initially I was doing everything myself – scriptwriting and voicing. But now I work with a team and it's much better.
My job as a producer entails deciding what events we want to cover, or which people we want to profile. I set up the shoots and book the necessary crew. I am usually on site on the day of the shoot to make sure everything runs smoothly, but I also write briefs for the crew so they can work on their own while still getting the right feel of the programme.
When the shots come back to me, i download and off to the studio for editing, I brief the editor about what the result should be. It's my responsibility to ensure that everything is ready for the deadline. Other aspects of my job include conceptualising programmes, organising coverage and finding sponsors.
Average day at the office:
Every day is different - that's part of what makes this an interesting job.
In the studio, an average day would include checking to see that the production process is working steadily, that we are up to date, sending out briefs, contacting various people to make sure the shoots have taken place, and collating information.
When we are out on a special assignment for special reports etc. shooting things can be chaotic for a few days at a time, realizing our society and the sigma attached to cameras.
Best part of my job:
I enjoy the unpredictability of producing. Each shooting can be a complete success or a complete disaster, no matter how well you plan it. How you respond to that makes it exciting. On the other hand, presenting something like, Special Reports is more exciting, which is also great.
Worst part of my job:
I have to work weekends especially when my stories come in very late, and the hours are irregular and long. It ruins my social life, but that's normal for this type of work.
Why did I choose this career?
I was coming to the end of my BA at the University and I didn't know what job I wanted to do, but I had been involved with the concept of writing stories and dramas, learning about TV and radio broadcasting for years and enjoyed it. I went for an audition at RSTV and got the job, though I started as a peripheral staff in the newsroom, until I was fully employed based on my talent, and my television career followed. Here am I today.
I always want to be in media, so I would like to develop what I am doing now - perhaps managing brands or something like that. I wish to publish my books at some points.
Are my paid enough?
I don't really earn enough as a producer, but I have a good lifestyle, plus support from my husband and I am happy doing what I am doing.
Rate my job on a stress level of 1 to 10:
Stress levels vary depending on what part of the production cycle we are in. When it gets close to deadline they go up to about 12.
What do I do in my leisure time?
Read, write, criticize script and take care of my kids.
One of the good things about this job is the opportunity for travel. Though I haven’t had enough opportunities but I do visit the UK most summer holidays, and in the UK I visit local stations.
How I Become A Successful TV Producer/Editor & Presenter:
I became more persistent and thick-skinned and never give up. This is a ruthless industry and there are thousands of people out there who want to make their mark.
I was flexible and adaptable. I didn’t try to specialise in one field. If I were just a presenter I would be struggling for work.
Even though I have a good qualification, don't expect to walk into a top job. I was prepared to start at the bottom and do anything from making coffee to carrying equipment in order to learn the job.
The most important part of editing video is choosing my point—what I want to deliver with my video. This will determine what my audience feels and experiences when watching the video. For example, if I am creating a wedding video, decide if my focus will be on the beauty and sanctity of the day, or on the comical—highlighting mistakes and bloopers. (I Usually do one of each!)
After I have chosen the point of my video, select shots that reinforce my point. Then name each shot so I can remember the content without replaying.
I don’t take on too much video at once. For example—get the wedding breakfast shots just how I want before I tackle the three-hour reception. Divide my editing work into manageable sections or I may become overwhelmed
My potential for earning is huge, but it is difficult to give an estimate because so much depends on my level of skill and how much work I have.
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