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Remember that no one will care more about your own career
than you will. Don't rely on anyone else to get you to where you want
to go. When opportunities come up, take them. Always say yes
You might recognise his name from the rolling credits of hit Aussie
shows like Bondi Rescue, Go back to where you came from or The Biggest
Loser Australia but Joel Byrnes also has the lustrous title of TAFE
NSW Graduate to his name.
We sat down with Joel to chat about studying Film and Television
Production at The Northern Sydney Institute & how TAFE NSW has
helped his career:
TAFE NSW offered a hands-on approach, covering all the skills I
needed to launch a career in TV. It was a practical alternative, with
a great learning environment.
We jumped straight in and got our hands dirty, backing up theory with
practice, experimenting with cameras and equipment. We had access to
industry professionals who gave us advice and a firsthand account of
what working in television would really be like. The TAFE NSW approach
made learning more exciting.
I learnt how to adapt. Technology changes so fast these days, it
would be pointless to learn specific skills that will be redundant in
18 months. TAFE NSW fostered a desire to learn and broaden my skill
base so that I could continue to adapt and evolve throughout my career.
I was blown away by the facilities and resources available to us at
TAFE. I was able to learn such a variety of skills, from the old
format editing on film, to modern non-linear editing on computers. We
experimented with multi-camera live TV studio productions and single
camera shoots. We learned the theory and practical applications of
every discipline involved in making television and movies. It was amazing.
It can be hard to get your foot in the door of the television
industry, but once you are ‘in', opportunities open up for you. Our
teachers were always looking for opportunities for students to
establish career in TV for those willing to go after them.
I'm currently a freelance editor working in television production.
I've worked on shows for each of the free-to-air networks and Foxtel.
I mostly work on observational documentaries so I love that I get to
be creative. I learn something new on every production I work on and
still play around with new technology. My job fits my personality perfectly.
Remember that no one will care more about your career than you will.
Don't rely on anyone else to get you to where you want to go. When
opportunities come up, take them. Always say yes.
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