kingofwallpaperscom (No date) ‘media page 1’
In this session we were taught all about work practises. It is really important for me to be able to understand the work practises in the film industry, and understand the different job opportunities available to me. The media is such a vast and competitive industry, it was in some way relieving, but also really informative, to find out and understand the different ways to get in Film and TV production.
Chiew, L. (2015) ‘Meet other #SelfMade freelancers in this collaborative event by PayPal’
A freelancer is the most common form of employment. A freelancer is self employed. They do their own taxes, but they are working for other people and companies. These companies will only hire a freelancer for the amount of time that they need them for.
as a freelancer, your hours may be varied, as well as being called in at different points. This can keep variety in your work, and make sure you are always on your toes.
working in the media industry can get arguable quite repetitive fi you are working on the same thing day in day out. When you are a freelancer you are often moving from project to project, and so this keeps a huge amount of variety in your job, whilst still doing what you love.
- good way to build your reputation
working as a freelancer means that you get to work with a wide variety of different people, this means that you will end up building up a reputation in the industry. You can create this yourself by showing commitment, skill and hard work.
- developing skills
Working as a freelancer can help you to develop your skills in the industry itself. In the future, these skills can help to further your career as well as being an amazing experience in the industry you love.
Networking is so important in the media industry. It is often about who you know, and doing freelance work means that you can meet huge varieties of different people in the media industry. It can be great to network through freelancing.
- no joining requirements
It can be a great way to get into the industry if you have a lot of skills but fewer qualifications.
being a freelancer, like any other job in the film industry, can be extremely stressful. You are often of set for long hour and are sometimes required to turn down jobs.
- inconsistent employment
As a freelancer, you may find your self employed for 3 months, and then not at all for the rest of the year. Turning down work is often very common as well.
- months with no work
you can spend months without having any work. This really negative as you are never sure when the next pay slip will be coming in.
- having to turn down work
sometimes all of the working opportunities will come at once. This means that you may be required to turn down work. This can be extremely frustrating as it can mean that after months of waiting for a job opportunity, you are now having to turn some down.
- very hard to break into the industry
The Film industry is very competitive, and there are so many freelancers out there. It is often hard to start out as a freelancer, as people are more likely to take on a freelancer who has had lots of experience in the field, rather that one who has not done anything before. This is a vicious circle that is often very difficult to get out of.
innspired (2016) ‘SIMPLIFY TAX STATUS FOR SELF EMPLOYED’
Being self employed is slighting different to being a freelancer. It’s your business, you are the one actually creating the product. Like a freelancer though, you are still doing your own taxes. Also, you are usually the one finding the client for your product.
- working in the industry you love
Being self employed means working in the industry that you love. At the end of the day, when all is said and done, the most important thing is you are doing something you honestly want to be doing, and this is one of the ways you can ensure that.
- creating the possibility of breaking through
being self-employed gives you the chance of breaking through, and creating something that other people are going to completely fall in love with.
- easy to start
It is very easy to start out, you are the one in control of your own business.
- working on products you choose
Being self-employed means that you get to create exactly what you want. You are not following anyone else ideas, accept if you are working to please a certain client. You have the freedom to be as creative as you please.
- finance and money
when being self employed, you have to create everything from scratch, this means that you are confined to the resource and finances that you, and the people around you have. Also, paycheques can be extremely irregular, and so it is often hard to know when you will next get money, which can be extremely stressful.
When being self-employed, you often have to take out loans to get enough money to get started, this can be very stressful, especially if you don’t know when you will next get paid.
- will anyone actually buy your product?
Another thing that is a worry for someone who is self employed is whether or not anyone will actually buy your product. After so much work and effort, will it all actually be worth it?
sdchamber (2011) ‘what does being self employed mean?’
Being employed is probably the least likely. The media is such a competitive industry. It tends to be bigger companies that employ full time stuff. You are often working on in house projects.
Security is often something that isn’t very common when working in the Film industry. Being employed means that you always know when your next pay slip will be given to you, and when you are due to come into work next.
- working in the industry you love
Being employed means you are constantly able to work in the industry that you love. This is something that so many people don’t get to do.
- tends to be for bigger companies
It tends to be bigger companies that employ people to work with them. This means that there is much less of a chance that the company is to go bust, so this makes you feel even more secure in your work.
- Lack of variety
being in constant employment, doing the same thing day in and day out, can mean that your work can become very repetitive.
Short Term Contracts:
A company has employed you, so you are employed. They do your taxes for you but after your short term contract, you are then unemployed again.
eg) Strictly, X-factor
One of the interesting things that we discussed in this session is our careers, and where we want this course to eventually lead us. personally, I find it quite daunting to think about the future, so it was really amazing to be able to discuss our goals for the future. I have produce a timeline of how my ideal future would pan out. Although it may not actually happen like this, this is what I am working hard to try to eventually achieve.
I would first like to spend 2 years here at Canterbury college to complete my Extended Diploma in Film and TV production. I really want to make the most of my time here and enjoy every second, as I am finally focusing on doing what I really want to do with my life. I want to learn all about all of the different elements of what goes into making a film. I hope to find out what I want to specialise in through this course, and this will help me to decide the specific course I want to take in university.
Here is a link the course I am taking:
Kapil, P. (no date) ‘5 Steps to get an interview call if you have gap year
After my two years at Canterbury College, I hope to be able to take a gap year. Throughout this I hope to work to help to earn some money fro university fees, as well as trying to create short films on my own. I would also like to carry on making YouTube videos, as it is something I am extremely passionate about. I currently have 1009 subscribers, and hope to grow my audience through posting more short films, sketches and other videos.
Throughout this year I would like to try to learn to drive, and travel as much as I can, and spending as much time with my friends and family possible.
After I have had a gap year I would like to go to University. From a young age I have known that I want to go to university. Even if I cannot do anything to do with film in the future, I really would like to go to University because I love learning and Film is my passion.
At the moment I am not sure what particular element of Film I would like to go into. Therefore I have decided that it would be in my best interested to research courses that best match what I feel is right for me at the moment.
University of Arts London:
The first university I decided to look into is the University of Arts London. I feel as if this University is one that really appeals to me, as I used to want to go there when I was a young child. Looking in closer, I have found that the courses a Practical based, and they really focus in on developing your skill as a film maker. Here is the course I have most enjoyed looking through
BA (Hons) Film and Television:
Central Film School London:
The other University that I have been looking into is the Central Film School London. Universities in London really appeal to me, as I really love London as a place. I also think it seems like the perfect place to start my Film career. With its wide variety of different looking areas, I would be able to find so many incredible areas to Film near.
The other course I have been looking closely at is the BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking. I really like the look of this course as, again, it focuses on the practical side of film, giving me so many opportunities to improve my skills and grow as a creator.
BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking
After I have finished University, my ultimate goal is to travel for a year. I would love to have a whole year of completely immersing myself in other Cultures, and finding out more about the History of where I come from. I would like to record the whole experience for my YouTube. I would possibly like to daily Vlog or maybe create short montage to help be look back fondly on these times.
It has been repeatedly told to me that the Film industry is extremely competitive and stressful, and thing is why many people often don’t stay in it for too many years. I think that, even though I am really excited to begin my career in Film, that it would be a good idea for my mental health to take a breather for a year from the stressful and competitive industry to see the world.
Work in the industry:
Age 23 onwards
After I have been travelling I would like to try and get into the film industry. I hope that through university I will have gained a variety of different contacts, and that through this I have some small jobs on the side. I would like to try as a freelancer, as I feel like I would like that variety in my career. Although I do also like the idea of being fully employed, as this would allow me security and the feeling that I know when I will be getting money.
I would really like the carry on doing YouTube in the future. Not only is it a way to further my creativity and skills, but it is also a way to document my life, and what I am doing. When Iam older I can look back on these videos and remember the good times I had making them, and what situation I was in at that time.
I would like to stay working in the film industry as long as possible. It is my passion and what I want to do with my life. I would love to continue doing what I love for as long as possible.
Overall feel as though I have learnt a lot more about the different ways into a career in film, and the variety of different ways you can get involved in Film. It was also really reflective to write down what I would like to achieve in the future. It is amazing to be doing this course, but it is also informative and encouraging to remember what I would like to achieve overall.
kingofwallpaperscom (No date) ‘media page 1’ Available at:http://kingofwallpapers.com/media.html (Last Accessed: December 1st 2016)
Chiew, L. (2015) ‘Meet other #SelfMade freelancers in this collaborative event by PayPal’ Available at: https://www.techinasia.com/meet-selfmade-freelancers-collaborative-event-paypal (Last Accessed: December 1st 2016)
innspired (2016) ‘SIMPLIFY TAX STATUS FOR SELF EMPLOYED’ Available at: http://www.innspiredaccountancy.co.uk/simplify-tax-status-for-self-employed/ (Last Accessed: December 1st 2016)
sdchamber (2011) ‘what does being self employed mean?’ Available at: http://www.sdchamber.co.uk/what-does-being-self-employed-mean.html (Last Accessed: December 1st 2016)
VFX Branch (2016) ‘JOIN THE DISCUSSION! This week’s topic: Union Recognition Under Short Term Contracts’ Available at: http://vfxforum.org/2016/02/union-recognition-in-an-industry-with-precarious-short-term-contracts/ (Last Accessed: December 1st 2016 )
MeetUniversity (No date) ‘Canterbury College, UK’ Available at: https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=0ahUKEwiV_7iY0O7QAhUK1hQKHTU9A0QQjhwIBQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.meetuniversity.com%2Fcollege%2FCanterbury-College%2FMjkyNg&bvm=bv.141320020,d.ZGg&psig=AFQjCNEA6N-QZZCnUNW9Qon2Rn8ydZX1dg&ust=1481631121952344&cad=rjt (Last Accessed: 1st December 2016)
Kapil, P. (no date) ‘5 Steps to get an interview call if you have gap year’ Available at: https://careerplot.com/5-steps-get-interview-call-gap-year/ (Last Accessed: 1st December 2016)
Harvey-jenner, C. (2015) ’21 things that happen when you get back from travelling and realise the real world sucks’ Available at: http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/entertainment/travel/a33722/things-you-know-get-back-from-travelling/ (Last Accessed: 1st December 2016)
Bechervaise, C. (2015) ‘How to make it as a freelancer in the film industry’ Available at: https://takeitpersonelly.com/2015/12/18/how-to-make-it-as-a-freelancer-in-the-film-industry/ (Last Accessed: 1st December 2016)