Sunday, July 13, 2008

What does it take to be a GREAT Reality TV Producer?

People always ask me "what does a TV Producer do?" PRODUCERS DO MANY THINGS! It depends really on the show, but to be a well rounded producer you must...

  • Befriend the Executive Producers. They are either going to make your life easy or quite difficult.

  • Be able to Multi-task. I can literally do 10 things at once. You have to learn how to do it if you can't.

  • Be able to write. If you can't write, you are going to suck at coming up with one sheets and Bios and profiles and scripts.

  • Be a People person. You gotta have personality. People hate working with BITCHY women and WHINY guys. WE are already working 18 hour days, 7 days a week and no 7th day pay so shut your mouth and smile. No one wants to work with someone who is constantly complaining. We are all tired and were all sick of the subject matter already.

  • Ability to make anything happen. You have to be able to rub two sticks together and make fire or snap your fingers and it appears!

  • Always have a back up plan. When you least expect it either a casting subject, location or something will fall through. Be prepared and always have a back up. No matter what.

  • Know Everyone - or know how to get to that person if you don't - or know someone who knows them so you can get to them.

  • Find a story in any situation or subject.

  • Always do heavy research and get to know your subject. There is always something that will pop up in Reality that the EP will say "why didn't anyone know about that?" If you had known then you would have told the EP way in advance and what was a problem wouldn't be a problem had you just DUG A LITTLE DEEPER inside the mind of your subject...

  • Be prepared to wear many hats. Even if you have a juicy title on a show; you may have to hem a pair of pants, run and get a coke for someone, make copies etc...just smile and say if this is going to help you, It's my pleasure!

  • LISTEN! Don't be a know it all. Everyone has a different opinion, be open to listening to others!

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