Good question, well the answer to this question is that, in reality, a TV producer wears many different hats.
I decided to write this post as it’s the most common thing i’m asked so I thought I would explain a bit more about what I actually do.
Okay so I’m a TV Producer, but when it comes down to it, what does that mean? Well, there are many different kinds of TV Producers, but for me, I primarily cast people, ordinary people with big personalities, to take part in TV shows. That’s only part of my job though, sometimes my role is to ‘forward plan’ which means finding and booking filming locations and planning and scheduling shoots.
Or other times it could be going on location and filming an interview or it could be working hard to gain access to an unseen world. Every time you watch a TV show that’s set somewhere weird and wonderful- think ‘Secret Life Of The Tube’ or ‘Secret Life of the Zoo’ etc. Behind the scenes I would guarantee there has been a TV producer or even a team of producers working hard to try to secure access to make their show somewhere wonderful.
So I’m sure you can see by now that it isn’t the kind of job where you can just say ‘I do X’ because it’s a role that changes fairly dramatically for every single job I do. I am a freelance producer so this means I could start my year working on a wedding show, then go onto a show about new build houses and then finish up the year on a food show, followed by a glitzy entertainment series. It is such a varied job but one thing is for sure; it is NOT glamorous.
I’m thankful for my time in TV because it teaches you SO many great skills. For example, thanks to TV I’m the kind of person who never has to worry about any form of social interaction, even with strangers. It’s my job to meet SO many varied characters (and trust me, I meet some characters) so I’m not scared of standing up in front of a crowd and making a speech, or being sat next to somebody I’ve never met at a wedding. Why?! Because it’s my job to make people feel at ease and to act like they’re my best friend within 2 minutes of meeting them.
I suppose when you take time to actually think about it, it’s probably a bit weird. People probably think ‘whose the overfriendly girl?’.
But as much as the role of a TV Producer can be a real mixed bag, like any other day job. it does mean I’ve been taught the ability to get on with literally anyone.
Feel free to ask any questions you may have, I realise that to many it’s not your average profession but after 7 years in the industry, to me it’s just work. Sometimes I still wake up and wish I could have just another hour in bed, or even that I could win the lottery so I don’t have to work. But don’t we all.