Are media life’s emerging characteristics discouraging?

01Dec12

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) recently released a study which indicates that young people wanting to work in film, television, and games in the UK are receiving discouraging career advice, and more of them are switching career paths because of this. These young people are “needlessly being discouraged,” and those more likely to drop-out of this path include people from lower socio-economic backgrounds and women.

BAFTA says the findings suggest that careers advice to aspiring television, film or games professionals is much more likely to be discouraging, compared with other career choices.

These findings become suspicious when considering the themes we have talked about in class. We revisit the issue of informing young, aspiring media professionals about the reality of working in the media industry. It would be interesting to see if this phenomenon was new, or if this “discouraging” advising has always occurred.

I take these findings with a grain of salt. It would be interesting to see what kinds of advice BAFTA qualifies as discouraging. It seems to me that informing young people about the liquid-life and precarity within the industry as well as the instability of semi-permanent work groups that are becoming more prominent in the industry, can juxtapose and disturb aspiring media workers’ views of a glamorous industry. This could be considered discouraging advice. Or, if it is indeed a lived reality, this could simply be considered (and should be, I think) simply presenting the facts.

~Senia

Article: BAFTA Study: Young People ‘Discouraged’ From Careers in Film, TV and Gaming

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