It’s not all fun. Professionals working behind the scenes in the television industry must contend the long hours and may be lack of recognition.
For a world plagued with problems- political, social, and environmental – television is the ultimate escape. But for professionals in the biz, the television industry is far from its visible glamorous avatar. While actors work almost 20 hours a day it doesn’t get any easier for people working behind the scenes. However, the difference is that actors are suitably compensated by the fame and recognition they acquire through their work while professionals working behind the scenes have to be content with a demanding schedule and anonymity.
Whether you’re a cinematographer or a make up artist, the skill and dexterity you will need is unparalleled. Working in a studio can be a thankless job as well, because the number of hours you need to put in can leave you completely drained at the end of the day.
A creative outlet>>>
The television industry offers excellent opportunities to exercise your creativity. Creativity, coupled with the willingness to work hard is a potent combination. As Aditya Rao, an animator with a leading production house assert, Creativity is not a nine to five job. Work hours in this field are extremely flexible.
This field is perhaps one of the very few fields where age is irrelevant. The industry is known to have a light man who is 90 years old. The tools of survival in this business are hard work, and the desire to go beyond your previously achieved goals to accomplish even more.
The respect and the fame you stand to gain in the television industry is unbelievable but one must always pay heed to Erma Bombeck’s words: Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other. The fame you might encounter here has nothing to do with Page 3 presence. The actors you see on TV are valuable to the industry, but then so are we. The recognition they enjoy is very different from that which we enjoy if you applaud. That is recognition for him. But in our case, when our seniors or colleagues appreciate our work, that’s recognition for us.
The television industry is becoming increasingly structured. With the advent of a formal education system in the business, the quality of professionals has improved, as young students become increasingly open to the ideas of working behind the scenes in television. As a freelancer with a news channel, says people who want to join this business must pursue courses related to the field they want to make a career in – editing, cinematography etc. Everyone needs to struggle considerably before they make a mark in this industry—I did make a mark in this industry – I did to – but that struggle can be sizably reduced if you are well qualified.
Despite the benefit of an academic background, there is great degree of on the job training involved as well, so the field is a good option for those who are averse to the rote method of learning.
Additionally, a person working behind the camera definitely enjoys a longer shelf life than those who work in front of it. One can also count on all round personality development while working behind the scenes, because inter-personal skills are honed through interactions with clients.
However, as the adage goes, ‘Every coin has two sides’. There is a dark side to the business of television as well.
Clocking in long hours>>
Professionals in the television industry need to be on call 24×7. A post production professional associated with a leading youth entertainment channel notes, there are times when you need to wake up at three in the morning to rush to the studio and rectify mistakes that your colleagues might have made. Since our seniors are under tremendous pressure we need to take on our share of responsibility as well. If this means working longer hours, when it cannot be helped
In fact, majority of the problems associated with working in television are connected are concerned with the tiring number of hours on the job, and the subsequent fallout. The long hours, irregular eating habits and the tremendous pressure of deadlines does take a toll on one’s health.
While actors may be paid considerably well, the same can not be said about those working behind the scenes. Remuneration for starters is normally minimal; a fresher can expect a starting salary of Rs 5000 if he gets placed with a leading production house. Then, depending on the work he puts in, and the potential he has, he can expect a steady rise in his income. An executive producer at a leading news channel defends, People in this line of work are not driven by fame and money. They are driven by their commitment to work.