I applied for Channel 4 Talent Day in Coventry and I was successfully chosen to attend the event. Once there, there was three different workshops and I took the Documentary one run by Rad Miller. Among the people that attended that workshop were people with film knowledge, some of them with already a career on film, but other with no idea of documentary at all. That is why Rad Miller explained documentary world superficially and starting from scratch.
First session, we are all together in a big room and we put our hands up depending on what department we want to work. Then we star to stand up and talk about what we are professionally looking for. It is the time for answers and advices to get that:
The 90% of the people working in production work as a free-lance. Nowadays you do not have to wait to get work experience, you can create your own content and upload it on Internet.
You dont have to be afraid of big companies. Always keep an eye in BBC, ITV, Sky, Bafta… Think big and go for it. They have loads of trainees , work experiences, internships programmes. Go for them. But do not get depress by rejection and above all do not wait for a yes without doing anything.
Todays keys to success are social media, networking, build contacts, be proactive…
The use of Vimeo is a must. You create your own content, you show what you are passionate about, you do exactly what you want and then the whole world can see it. Build up an online image, in which you are yourself and you are professional.
Also they point out the importance of the research, you have to do a huge research to know exactly where you want to work or who with. Then go deeper in knowing about that company and how to contribute to them.
Then we split up in workshops. I went to the Documentary Workshop run by Rud Miller.
He told us he works across the country making documentaries, he is not exaclty a channel 4 worker but channel 4 usually broadcasts his films and asks him to film specific things sometimes.
He told us to get focus on something that we love, to be passionate, and follow what you are interesting right now it will bring you to somewhere. Keep doing things non related to this world, you never know what is gonna be useful, but above all you must be different. You have to be professional but you have to be yourself, and do not be afraid of bignames.
Nowadays you have to have a portfolio. A professional presentation on-line, relevant to your CV, with demonstrations, docuemtnas and videos. It must be your own space and be accesibility.
You also should have a busineess card and do not waste any opportunity to spread it out (like this).
This day has made me decided to start the professional experience as a free-lance. As they say, you do not have to wait for the opportuny to come, nowadyas you have tools enough to create your own opportunity.
Also, after this day I can apply for Channel 4 Work Experiences. The application is in May for summer work Experiences, I am not going to be here the whole summer but wouldn’t mind to stay a bit longer if Channel 4 says yes!.