"This show, born of a friendship and a marriage, has always worked that way. So why resist it. You might think we’re keeping the circle tight and it’s all a bit nepotistic. You’re bloody well right! People say there’s a problem with nepotism in television, but we have no problem with it whatsoever." - Steven Moffat - itunes ‘Meet the Filmaker’ Feb 2, 2014 (x)
2x01 // 6x15 - Beckett speaking in Russian | Requested by afroditajbl
- What, you speak Russian?
- Semester in Kiev between junior and senior year.
It depends on the TV show and the Network.
Internships for most major Networks are done through the Network (so you would apply to intern for Disney/ABC in scripted TV (production, development, etc), rather than being able to apply specifically for one of their shows, like Castle).
Jobs are different. Production jobs tend to post to job boards after they’ve exhausted internal networking resources (people hired off of previous experience, alerts sent out to job networks, alumni networks, etc).
Sometimes you can find job postings for production gigs for network shows on places like Entertainmentcareers(.)net, Media-match(.)com, and the UTA job list (search that one). However, usually the ads do not say which show they’re hiring for (“Network show seeks reliable, tech-savvy production assistant”). If they did, thousands of people who are entirely unqualified, or not in the right area, would apply (how many of us would apply if Castle had that kind of posting? And how many of us could ACTUALLY take the job? Think of the poor person doing the hiring!)
For assistant (above PA level), development, and creative positions, it’s mostly word-of-mouth, connections and internal networking that get you a job. Sometimes networks will post on their job sites to find creative or development executives, but getting a writing gig (on Castle for instance), would either have to come from someone inside the room seeing your work through connections (you would know someone, who knew someone, who knew that Castle was looking to hire a staff writer, and that person would help you get your script read), or through representation (manager, agent), wherein your agent would submit your spec script (usually of a different show) to the show for review when the writer’s room is looking to add another writer.
You can also move up in rank; go from PA, to writer’s PA, to writer’s assistant, to staff writer.
Overall, getting onto a SPECIFIC show usually takes knowing someone on that set, who can put you in direct contact with a department looking to hire. Otherwise, you’re limited to sending in your resume to every posting for a TV show, and hoping that one of them is Castle, or whatever your favorite show is.
But, if you get on one show, you make connections, and those connections could eventually get you onto another show, and then onto your favorite show.
…I wish I could say that Hollywood isn’t all about knowing people, but it really is. You can get an entry level job without connections, but anything higher, and anything specific pretty much takes knowing people. That’s why we all start out at the bottom, getting coffee and making runs (either as an intern or as a first job). It’s how you get to know people.
Some of the most successful people in Hollywood (a good number of them, actually) started out in the mail room at an agency.
I hope some of that is helpful!
Castles ways are starting to rub off on her
using saracasitic comments when they’re scared…. the ‘castle’ way
WHY ISN’T IT SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE TO WEAR WIZARD CLOAKS IN PUBLIC
Because of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy, of course. I can tell someone slept through History of Magic.