Drat. That’s crept up on me.
In the UK, television has always been London-centric, barring perhaps a brief moment when Logie Baird was mucking around in Hastings. Somehow, I’ve managed to have a dozen-year career in the industry – specialising in science productions, no less – with only one job that’s been London-based. This has never been ‘normal,’ nor ‘expected,’ but it has ‘worked.’ Which has been something of a surprise, frankly.
However, the writing’s been on the wall for a while, and looking around at what’s going on… hmm. Looks like I’ll have to take London a whole lot more seriously. For TV work, at any rate.
Am I going to up and move to The Big Smoke? Well, no, not in a hurry. I’m going to have to do the rounds of the London companies far more seriously than I have before, though maybe I can get away with going to the World Congress of Science Producers in Manchester this autumn, if I can find something to tide me over until then. Alternatively, I still have something like four web media projects at various stages of musing/funding/under-wayness; if enough of them happen to come off, I’ll probably stick with that for a while.
Lessons to learn, for me:
- Jonathan, get more serious about actually making money, you idiot.
Advice for the dear deluded reader who wishes to work in television:
- Be in London.
- Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, perhaps Bristol – being keen to work in these places will probably help. But expect, plan, and base yourself to be working in London.
- Note that the above is a change from my previously-published advice.