Wednesday, June 30, 2010

10 Steps to Becoming a TV Expert: Step 7

Step 7: Join the online directories of experts which TV production companies turn to when they’re looking for an expert to comment on a subject or be part of a show. Ok, now it's time for a bit of self promotion. There are a few online directories of experts out there, but is the only one that's run by a TV producer with 15 years experience making & developing programmes and looking for talent (see my CV). In other words, findaTVexpert is run by someone who understands the needs of the experts and of the industry. By registering you'll be in a directory that's actively promoted to the TV industry - and that more and more members of the industry are turning to when they're looking for experts, ideas & inspiration. You'll also be in my little black book (which I take to my regular meetings with heads of development, creative directors, executive producers, etc) and you'll have a chance for extra PR in my newsletters to the TV industry. See recent copies here. Ok, self promotion over. But you get the message. If you want to be a TV expert, the TV industry has to be able to find you.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

10 Steps to Becoming a TV Expert: Step 6

Step 6: Join clubs, associations & networking groups that are relevant to your area of expertise and make sure you’re on their list of experts who are happy to be contacted by the media. Here's why. When I was working at L!VETV, I was asked to develop & produce the pilot for 'Bouncy Weather', a weather forecast which featured a dwarf on a trampoline infront of a weather map (don't ask!). Anyway, my first port of call was The Restricted Growth Association. I explained what we were going to do and they put me in touch with Willow Management, a management agency that represents short actors. And as a result we found and hired the lovely Rusty Goffe. Enough said.

Monday, June 28, 2010

10 Steps to Becoming a TV Expert: Step 5

Step 5: Be at the top of Google/Yahoo/Bing searches under key words that relate to your expertise. Words that a researcher would type in to find experts like you. Story has it that's how Gareth Malone (The Choir, BBC2) was found. They typed in 'choirmaster' and he came up in the search results. And I'd be happy to bet my bottom dollar that when the Icelandic 'ash cloud' started covering our skies a lot of reseachers and producers were typing "volcano+expert" or "volcanogist" into Google. So if you want to be a TV expert, make sure the TV industry can find you.

Friday, June 25, 2010

10 Steps to Becoming a TV Expert: Step 4

Step 4: Give presentations at consumer fairs, trade fairs, networking events & exhibitions. You never know who’ll be listening - or on the hunt for talent!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

10 Steps to Becoming a TV Expert: Step 3

Step 3: Write a book & become the authority. Researchers and producers often search online bookshops to find out who has written books about the subject/area of expertise that’s relevant to the programme they’re developing. It's what I used to do at the end of each series of Changing Rooms when we were looking for new designers to join the team. So if you’ve got a book in you, write it!

10 Steps to Becoming a TV Expert: Step 2

Step 2: Understand the industry. If you’re applying for a job, you research the company and figure out what you what you have to offer. If you want to get on TV, the same applies. Watch TV. Think TV. Understand TV. Read the media sections of the nationals and sign up for the trade magazines to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s being commissioned, which shows are getting the highest ratings, who’s making them and, more importantly, why you’d be perfect for them.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

10 Steps to Becoming a TV expert: Step 1

Britain’s Got Talent has come and gone and auditions for The X-Factor are underway. Both shows are fantastic opportunities for singers and dancers to promote themselves to the industry. But if you’re an expert – historian, scientist, property guru, chef, lawyer, businessman, tradesman, doctor, dentist, designer, criminologist, psychologist, marine biologist, etc – and you want to promote yourself to the TV industry, you have to understand the market, figure out what you have to offer and start making some noise. In other words, you need to get to work. There are 10 steps you need to take to be considered for TV opportunities. So starting at the top ...

Step 1: Define your USP. There are thousands of experts like you out there. What makes you stand out from the rest? What’s going to make TV producers, commissioners and – ultimately – viewers, sit up and take notice of you? Is it your contagious enthusiasm for the subject matter? Your quirky personality? Your sense of humour? Or maybe the projects you’re working on or the people you have access to?

Friday, June 11, 2010

Could you be a TV expert?

If you want to be a TV expert you need to think about how to pitch yourself to the TV industry. My 'Could you be a TV expert?' seminars are packed with tips and ways to do this. But don't take it from me. Read what a reviewer from had to say here.

Want to get on TV? Get on findaTVexpert!

If you want to be on TV, researchers, development producers and heads of talent have to be able to find you. Being on findaTVexpert is one of the ways the TV industry finds experts, which is why more and more experts are signing up to showcase their skills, passion and expertise. To see the latest experts hoping to catch the eye of a TV producer, click here.