First, Figure Out Why..
If you want to volunteer in community television, first figure out the why of it, so that you can use your time, your research and your effort in the most productive manner.
Good questions for you:
- Are you trying to just learn how to use your own video camera?
- Do you want specific training so that you can, eventually, air your own television shows?
- Are you looking to get involved with like-minded individuals that are also interested in the television fields?
- Are you looking to have conversations about serious topics, shows about science or current events or the arts?
- Are you looking towards future goals, long term goals, rather than short term goals? Are you looking for producer training so that you can, one day, work in a larger mainstream studio.
- Are you in it just to have your voice heard?
- Are you doing it just to meet interesting, productive individuals?
Every single plant, flower and tree began first as a seed, or a bulb, a pod, a small beginning. Yet, as you look around the gardens and around the forests of today, you see the result of those seeds and pods being fed, nurtured and exposed to the fresh air and clean water. You, right now, are the seed to your own beginnings in the field of television. As you question yourself, learn and do research and as you speak with other guests, talents and producers, you will grow just as the flowers grow. And you will flourish just as the forests flourish. So keep on keeping on. Three more here ..
- Looking for pay ? Or Are you looking for exposure on the airwaves?
- Are you just trying to fill in some spare time? (Don’t laugh, many get into it just to spend their time in a creative, positive way).
- Do you have a special message?
- Are you trying to reach out to a particular audience or a particular group of people?
- Are you looking to learn how to run the entire studio?
- Is your main objective simply your message or are you looking to learn how to do elaborate shows, with many guests and talented individuals?
- Are you a name-dropper? Are you trying to get connected with celebrities, politicians, and Hollywood types?
- Are you getting into it just so that you can use their expensive equipment, cameras, microphones, lights and studio?
- Are you seeking training so that you can help other people on their television shows but you want no part of producing your own?
All of these are good reasons to get into community television -because they are your reasons and who can argue that? But you need to know your reasons before you begin. That will be quite helpful to you.
So , really think this over and get to the answer for yourself. Having the answers to those questions above will save you time, effort and money. You can eliminate doing things which are not productive to your own short or long term goals, just by knowing the answers to those questions.