Today I attended the second seminar of the Wanted series. The topic was "breaking in to the television industry" and although this isn't something that interests me particularly, I found the content pretty interesting and engaging. The format of the seminar was executed really creatively and as a result, it was very entertaining. The promotional material and video especially were upbeat and comedic and as a result I was intrigued and wanted to attend the seminar. When entering the seminar room, I was impressed with the setup and staging,
The guests were Anna Gregory, Ron Frim, Jeff Shenker and Lucy Maclaren. They all had various backgrounds and were from different networks which made discussion interesting when comparisons were made i.e. the difference of environment between working in a newsroom at ABC from a channel such as Channel Nine. The format and the way the theme was approached was really entertaining. I liked how it appeared as if the seminar was a television set and the way questions were posed were similar to that of a game show. We learnt a lot about the guests history and what got them interested in Television which isn't what I expected. Although this isn't exactly helpful information for me as a student, it was very entertaining and worth my time.
One of the main point of discussion was the question of how to "break in" and get your foot in the door of the industry. I discovered that a lot of badgering is involved. Seeking out people and making direct contact with them so they know who you are is invaluable.
Conor as the host did a great job directing the conversation and keeping the discussion relevant to us as students. He was engaging and polite but also asked the questions that he knew the audience would have wanted answered.