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How to Try to Get Into TV Work if You're a Student

By StudentJob partner on 18-01-2018

As you scour the pages of the internet endlessly searching for sources for the constant stream of essays your professor sets, the last thing you want to think about is going to stack shelves or work in a busy bar to earn that essential pocket money. The course is stressful enough, you don’t need the added pressure of a gruelling job. The problem is, you know that having some kind of occupation to see you through university is extremely important. Getting into TV can be a more enjoyable way to earn some extra spends, though, and starting an onscreen career has never been easier. Here we guide you through a few channels you could use to get your face in the public eye - and, importantly, in the eye of telly recruiters.

YouTube and Twitch

If you’re the kind of person who gets job interview anxiety and is simply put off applying for traditional roles because of this process, getting into something which doesn’t require a rigorous selection process could be right up your street. If you think working from home sounds exactly like what you are looking for, there are some ways to get your face out there by simply using a webcam.

Since its inception in 2005, YouTube has served as a platform for a great number of people to make money from creating their own videos. The video sharing service created by former PayPal employees Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim has always allowed its users to upload their videos free of charge. Shrewd users who have created content that millions of people want to watch have managed to make money from advertising percentages and accumulating subscribers. Some of the most successful uploaders to the platform have included Smosh, who have over 21 million subscribers, and PewDiePie, who is watched by over 39 million people. This led the Swedish game commentator and influencer to rake in an estimated $124 million between 2010 and 2015. Another option would be to create videos and upload them via Twitch.tv, which was conceived in 2011 and now has an Alexa rank of 42. The site is primarily used for gaming clips and tutorials and allows players to do something they love and have the chance to get paid for it. Both of these services are great ways to get your face out there and show that you have what it takes to star on the screen. There is a chance to make money from subscribers or get your talent scouted by a TV company that wants to hire you.

Facebook and Other Options

If YouTube and Twitch don’t appeal to you, there are other ways to get your face about and gain attention. Facebook is used by over 1 billion people, and Instagram has more than 800 million users. If you can amass a following on these social networking sites, you will surely be noticed by the media. This has worked for a number of people who are now classified as celebrities thanks to these innovations in sharing photos and videos. Some of the best-known Instagrammers include Jen Selter, who has over 4.9 million followers and invented the “Belfie” (a butt-selfie), and Wellington Campos, who is followed by around 5.4 million people and takes photos of Woody from Toy Story in various places. Another alternative could be to work for a live streaming site. If you have casino experience, such as dealing cards and taking bets on a roulette wheel, you could get a job as a croupier on one of the many live casino streams online. Websites like Betway Casino have live games of roulette, blackjack, and baccarat, and are always looking for talented individuals to be croupiers and take bets. If gambling isn’t for you, you could try to seek employment in telemarketing brands such as The Shopping Channel to get your face into the public domain.

As you can see, with the wealth of options out there on the internet for normal people to get famous, it’s never been easier to get the attention of the media. If you put in enough time and effort, you may be able to create a strong image and start getting paid to be on TV.

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