FIONA Gallie is a freelance junior TV researcher/runner. She is currently working at Objective Productions in Glasgow. In the past, she has worked with Raise the Roof Productions, 12 Yard and spent a summer teaching video production to children at a Canadian camp.
She submitted this on Friday, October 18.
What exactly is it that you do?
A few weeks back, I got my first job as a junior sesearcher at Objective Productions. I have done a lot of day jobs as a runner, here and there, but it’s great to be doing research for a show. It is rewarding, as you feel like you’re actually contributing to a programme and that your input counts.
What did your working day today or yesterday comprise?
I work closely with the archive assistant producer and the producer. The producer will give me tasks in the morning and I will work on them throughout the day or continue to research topics from previous days.
How different or similar is your average working day to when you started?
I have only been at Objective for a couple of weeks but each day can vary. Some days are busier than others depending on the production schedule and what the producer needs done. At the start of the job, I spent time becoming familiar with the format of the show I’m working on before beginning my research.
How do you see your job evolving?
Hopefully, this job will help create more work for me as a researcher. I have done casting work in the past so it is good to get other research experience and a different perspective. My career plan is to eventually produce factual entertainment but I want to get a wide variety of experience in all genres to keep my options open.
What gives you the most job satisfaction?
I like to see a job through from start to finish and will make sure I have covered everything, no matter how small the task is. I also like to receive positive recognition and feedback for the work I do. I love working with people and I think I work most effectively in a team.