Producers plan and control the overall production of film, television, music or other media. They oversee a media production from its formation through the hiring, production and distribution phases and are responsible for its commercial success.
Work hours for producers and directors can be long and irregular. Evening, weekend, and holiday work is common. Some work more than 40 hours per week. Many producers and directors do not work a standard work week, because their schedules may change with each assignment or project.
It is possible to work as a Producer without qualifications, however tertiary qualifications or extensive industry experience may be advantageous. It is recommended to join a professional association such as the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA).
Complete a university degree such as the Bachelor of Media. This is typically a three–year course of full–time study.
Consider completing postgraduate study such as the Master of Media Arts and Production. This is typically a two–year course of full–time study.
Search and apply for internship opportunities while studying. This will provide you with valuable industry experience and exposure to media productions.
Aim to secure a Producer’s Assistant role upon graduation and develop your experience and skills.
Join the MEAA while studying and upgrade membership upon graduation.
Develop and showcase a portfolio of your work. This can include work you’ve done on mock media projects.
- Team Player
- General Management
- Sales & Marketing
- Time Management
- Judgement & Decision Making
Career advancement in this field can lead to other roles such as:
- Broadcast, Radio & Television Producer
- Assistant Director