28th May 2019
A group of 26 heads of department (HoDs) and senior crew based in the English regions participated in HETV Link, an initiative to help them improve interview technique, prepare for job pitches and widen their circle of contacts.
HETV Link, paid for by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Fund and delivered by thecallsheet, focused on providing professional development tools to regional HoDs and senior level crew to enable them to promote themselves more effectively to production companies in a bid to help regional crew secure more senior roles.
During three-hour training sessions, held in Bristol, Leeds and Manchester, participants received help improving their interview and presentation strategies.
In addition a number of producers, directors and heads of productions were invited to shed a light on what they look for when recruiting candidates for specific jobs. Afterwards, they conducted a series of mock interviews, giving all attendees the chance to practice their newly acquired skills in front of an industry expert.
Production designer Sally Lock found the training ‘completely inspiring’ and said: “I have set about working on the changes that have been suggested. It really has been the first time in a long while that I have had constructive help like this.”
Trainer Matt Gallagher believes the insights that were shared with the course participants about recruitment will enable all of them to approach future interviews with greater confidence. “The professionals who came to speak with the crew were very open, candid and honest about their personal approach to interviews,” he said. “I wish all HoDs were able to access that kind of information.”
In addition to the training, dinners were organised in Bristol and Manchester to enable candidates to introduce themselves to London-based agents and producers.
“It was a very useful evening. Everyone was so lovely and it was really interesting to hear what both other delegates and agents had to say,” line producer Fran Mable said. She has since been contacted by one of the agents she met at the event for a follow-up meeting.
The programme will conclude with a networking even in London in June to provide further opportunities for the participants to widen their networks.
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