Not only do I have advice, but I have written an entire book of information that EVERY aspiring Producer needs to know. I've also included (below) additional links to resources that will definitely help guide you in the right direction toward an actual viable realistic career.
That said, I'm not able to specifically give you advice because your goal of being a "TV Producer" is too vague. There are a lot of different kinds of programming on television and each requires different kinds of Producers who have different qualifications and experience. Below is a list of the types of production that goes on (as excerpted from "What I Really Want to Do: On Set in Hollywood").
Also realize that most University courses and other workshops aren't necessarily designed to teach you the realities of creating a career in the professional film and television industry. The best thing you can do is learn how the industry actually works so that you are able to make wiser choices, including which school to attend and how to proceed on your own from there. A diploma or certificate will NOT help you "get" a job.
TYPES OF PRODUCTIONS
While distinctions are made between the various types of production work, the truth is that the specific functions of your particular job won’t really change much from one to another. For example, a Makeup Artist on a feature film will essentially do the same exact job on a sitcom or music video. You will get paid more on a TV commercial, less on an independent film, work more hours on a music video, and be employed longer term on a feature film, but the basics of your own job don’t change. A typical movie schedule is around twelve weeks, a series TV show is nine months, and commercials and music videos are a day to a week or two of work.
Here is an overview of the various and most common types of production.
Feature films (shot on film or high-definition video)
A feature film is generally narrative fiction, typically having a running time of between ninety minutes and two hours. A standard shooting schedule for a Hollywood feature is several weeks of preproduction, twelve weeks of production, and ten weeks of postproduction. A feature is usually distributed to movie theaters first, but cable television and home video have provided filmmakers with alternative methods of getting their work out into the marketplace.
Independently financed features (features not financed or distributed by a major Hollywood studio) vie for attention through various means, such as film festivals and, to some extent, the Internet.
Documentaries (shot on film and tape)
A documentary is a nonfiction film whose running time depends on its ultimate distribution outlet. They are usually independently financed or produced with the support of mainstream media, like PBS’s Frontline series. Production schedules are as varied as the topic matter and can fluctuate wildly as funding comes and goes. Film festivals tend to be primary outlets for documentaries as their creators try to catch the attention of distributors.
Movie of the Week (shot on film)
A Movie of the Week (MOW) is essentially a feature film produced on a smaller scale with less money and in less time. Although the production process is pretty much identical to a feature, as a crewmember you will work at a faster pace, with longer hours, and with a little less pay than you would make on a feature film.
Episodic Television (shot on film)
One-hour episodic television is most like a feature film in production protocol but is done with a smaller budget and in less time. It is narrative fiction typically shot in one-camera “film” style on film stock. Nearly without exception, the exposed film stock is immediately transferred to videotape or digital format for quick editing and broadcast. A typical shooting schedule is five to seven days per episode.
Situation Comedies (shot on film and tape)
Situation comedies (sitcoms) have their roots in the earliest days of television. These thirty-minute comedies are shot typically with three or more film or video cameras on a stage in front of a studio audience. Like most other television, sitcoms are edited digitally or on tape for later broadcast. A crew is hired for one rehearsal day and one shooting day each week.
Soap Operas (shot on tape)
Soap operas were one of the earliest narrative programming TV ventures. They are thirty- or sixty-minute narrative fiction programs that appear five days a week with running storylines. The production style is mix of episodic and sitcom with multiple video cameras shooting on a closed stage. It is important to note that in most cases, technicians working on soap operas must belong to NABET as opposed to IATSE, which represents most non-videotape productions.
Music Video (shot on film)
A music video, made primarily to showcase and market music to increase record sales, is typically shot on film with a coherent storyline or is merely a juxta
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