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Old Jun 11th 2010, 3:31 pm
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Hi All

Hopefully someone can give me some information.

I got married last month to my USC and we are about to start the visa applications - he's US Military and is based in the US. Once the visa has been approved I'll be moving over to be with him but I just wondered if anyone had any advice regarding getting work within TV production over there? I work for the biggest broadcasting company in the UK and its taken me 7 years of hard work to get to where I am now....the thought of moving to the US and having to be the drive-thru manager of Taco Bell (not that there is anything wrong with this career choice!!) scares the absolute life out of me....I wouldnt be happy :-(

Eventually we are hoping to get stationed over in California whereby my chances of working in TV are obviously higher owing to the amount of jobs they would have there but what about somewhere like the deep south of Mississippi? I am assuming all they would have there, work-wise, would be a local news station or something? Am I wrong in thinking this? And if so, how easy are jobs like that to come by, or is it a case of "who you know" like it sometimes is here?

Sorry for all the questions but best to be realistic before I make the big move!
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Hi All

Hopefully someone can give me some information.

I got married last month to my USC and we are about to start the visa applications - he's US Military and is based in the US. Once the visa has been approved I'll be moving over to be with him but I just wondered if anyone had any advice regarding getting work within TV production over there? I work for the biggest broadcasting company in the UK and its taken me 7 years of hard work to get to where I am now....the thought of moving to the US and having to be the drive-thru manager of Taco Bell (not that there is anything wrong with this career choice!!) scares the absolute life out of me....I wouldnt be happy :-(

Eventually we are hoping to get stationed over in California whereby my chances of working in TV are obviously higher owing to the amount of jobs they would have there but what about somewhere like the deep south of Mississippi? I am assuming all they would have there, work-wise, would be a local news station or something? Am I wrong in thinking this? And if so, how easy are jobs like that to come by, or is it a case of "who you know" like it sometimes is here?

Sorry for all the questions but best to be realistic before I make the big move!
Ah... local news. There's something very special about a half hour segment devoted to a stray chicken causing havoc with downtown traffic.

I'm afraid I've no idea about getting a job in broadcasting though. It all sounds far too glamorous for someone like me. Sorry I can't help!
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Old Jun 11th 2010, 3:37 pm
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No worries but you did make me laugh :-)
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Old Jun 11th 2010, 3:38 pm
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Hi All

Hopefully someone can give me some information.

I got married last month to my USC and we are about to start the visa applications - he's US Military and is based in the US. Once the visa has been approved I'll be moving over to be with him but I just wondered if anyone had any advice regarding getting work within TV production over there? I work for the biggest broadcasting company in the UK and its taken me 7 years of hard work to get to where I am now....the thought of moving to the US and having to be the drive-thru manager of Taco Bell (not that there is anything wrong with this career choice!!) scares the absolute life out of me....I wouldnt be happy :-(

Eventually we are hoping to get stationed over in California whereby my chances of working in TV are obviously higher owing to the amount of jobs they would have there but what about somewhere like the deep south of Mississippi? I am assuming all they would have there, work-wise, would be a local news station or something? Am I wrong in thinking this? And if so, how easy are jobs like that to come by, or is it a case of "who you know" like it sometimes is here?

Sorry for all the questions but best to be realistic before I make the big move!
welcome to BE what kind of work in TV? its really broad, could you narrow it down...i.e journalism, actor, camera man, lighting, props etc etc
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Thanks Golden

My job title is Production Co-Ordinator. It translates well over to the States as they have the same job title and I am guessing its pretty much the same role.......
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Thanks Golden

My job title is Production Co-Ordinator. It translates well over to the States as they have the same job title and I am guessing its pretty much the same role.......
oh I see
I take it you dont need to be a member of AEA? to work in the US in productionNot sure, I know you do for actors/actresses
but not sure for production co -ordinator
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Old Jun 11th 2010, 3:49 pm
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Im guessing that must stand for American Equity Association or something...?

No thankfully, I work behind the scenes, not in front
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Thanks Golden

My job title is Production Co-Ordinator. It translates well over to the States as they have the same job title and I am guessing its pretty much the same role.......
Then you won't need to get the hair-do, nor have your body surgically altered so your head is over-proportioned to your petite body.

TG for small mercies, eh?
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Then you won't need to get the hair-do, nor have your body surgically altered so your head is over-proportioned to your petite body.

TG for small mercies, eh?
no lipo, no botox and certainly no veeners
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thats good that you dont need the card
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Don't worry, you probably won't be the manager of the taco bell either

But have a search, there's two or three pretty decent threads about working in media. One of them was a bit more Boston orientated though, but still had good info.

Basically tap all your contacts on LinkedIn is your best bet.
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