“The combination of commitment and enthusiasm…of saying I want to do this, I’m here and I mean it, won’t be pushed away. You’ll be welcomed!” – Cheryl Wagner, Puppeteer and TV Producer
Whether you want to write, direct or act in the film and TV industry, you’ll find opportunities here on P.E.I. and across Canada. It can be challenging to find work in others’ productions, however there are many tools and out there to help young TV and film professionals create their own series or movies. Grants and other funding can help you take your script and turn it into a full production – and using the internet will allow you to distribute it to the world. If this seems intimidating, you should know there is a community of people on P.E.I. who can help you find the funding and resources to break into the TV and film industry. Fortunately, it takes many different skills to make films and television and there are many jobs you can do in the industry that pay for your hard work. Producers, directors, writers, editors, camera operators and actors are all need to make productions happen. Many people gain these skills and make connections at college or university, and programs often focus on helping you start a long-lasting and profitable career turning stories into successful productions.
Director (Film, TV), Director of Photography, Producer, Writer, Actor, Video Editor, Sound Editor
University of Prince Edward Island – English Program | NSCAD University Halifax – Film Program
OTHER JOB OPTIONS
Creative Writer, Theatre Producer, Video Game Producer, TV Journalist
LET’S TALK MONEY
$55,069/year (Canada-wide average) [Source: Hill Strategies 2010]
GET TO BUSINESS
Skills in accounting, project management and marketing can help you successfully run a production from start to finish.
The Island Media Arts Co-operative (IMAC) helps its members find programs, grants/funding, and collaborators. It also rents film and TV equipment.
EXAMPLE PATH TO SUCCESS
While studying English and creative writing in high school, you can use equipment or even your phone to make short videos. This will help you when you study film and TV production at a university or college. There you could make connections with film and TV professionals and this will help you collaborate on future productions. After applying for grants and other funding, you can create your film or series and distribute it via the internet. You will then find your paying audience and could possibly sell your production to a distributor. With your next idea on your mind, you can then continue to turn your stories into films or TV series.