Career advice


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Early career documentary maker here. I want to work for a documentary production company in the U.K. I recently took a one-week 'intro to documentary' course with the London Film Academy. Should I follow up this experience with an intermediate-level course, or with an MA in documentary film production? Money is not an obstacle.

Maura B.

The Last Black Unicorn
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Hello @Nikephoros ! Welcome to our community!
When you are getting started in your career path, you need two things: knowledge and experience. You can learn the basics by following an University or independent courses, by reading books and watching online videos (Youtube offers many resources these days).

However, true knowledge and experience can be gained by doing. After you have mastered the basics, you need to practice, practice, practice. What would help you most is an internship. Because you may not have the proper experience to qualify for an internship, because money is not an obstacle, you can either pay someone who already has the job you wish and become his assistant in order to learn this job, or you can either produce a documentary and hire the staff you need in order to learn from it.


New member
Hello Maura. Thank you for your helpful reply. I wonder, can you recommend any internships? I may not have sufficient experience to qualify for one. Nevertheless, I want to try my luck anyway. The only internships I have identified so far are the Network and Roundhouse.