Working in TV – the picture edit!


…I know I said this was “the picture edit” – and it is, there are quite a few pictures towards the end – but this is me and it just wouldn’t be right to have a post without me rambling on for a bit first. So here goes…

I never actually intended to write about TV that much as I
know most people reading my blog are here for the fashion or beauty side of
things (although let’s face it, you’re probably extremely disappointed on the
beauty side!) but a couple of nights ago there was a bit of a twitter explosion
around the topic of needing to go to Uni to work in TV, which actually really got me thinking. (I know, me..thinking? I’ll try not to hurt myself) So because I’ve been
asked this quite a lot, and in the off chance that anyone reading this does
aspire to one day work in TV, or even just fancies hearing a bit about my job,
I thought that here was the best place to add my 2cents worth!

First of all I want to start by saying I am by NO means an
expert, nor will I ever claim to be, but I have been lucky enough to work on a
few big productions such as The X-Factor (and Xtra), Britain’s Got Talent and Young Apprentice
to name but a few, so I’m just taking what I’ve learnt from that in the
hope that my knowledge (Yep I do have some…unbelievable eh?) could in some way be useful, one way or the other. In
my experience, Uni isn’t/wasn’t necessary. Now I’m not saying to you screw uni
and try and get a job in TV straight away because the likelihood of doing that
is highly unlikely – the majority of my friends all went to uni first and then
went on to look for a job after – but what I am saying is that if you find
yourself in the position where uni isn’t an option, or rather it’s just not
what you want to do…then please don’t worry, you don’t need it!

The most important thing, in my experience, is experience. Whether that be
interning, apprenticeships, work experience placements or just shadowing someone in the
industry, the more you know about the way TV/the industry works and the more
contacts you make, the better! The hardest thing for me was getting a foot in
the door (I wrote literally 100’s of letters and emails before I finally landed
my first placement) but once you have that – along with working as hard as you
can, being polite (manners go a long way!!) and making the most of every situation
etc.- the world is your oyster!…and if you can make a good tea or coffee, that doesn’t go amiss either 😉

I could literally go on forever but no one deserves that punishment, so I thought it would be nice to leave you with just some (it would take years to upload all trust me) pictures from my ‘TV journey’ so far (wow, that has got to be one of the cheesiest phrases I’ve ever used!) Now I really don’t want to put a downer on things, I am so incredibly grateful for the experiences I’ve had and feel so genuinley lucky to wake up happy to go to work every day BUT, remember that you can’t take pictures of 20 hour days, pressure and just general stress. As much as I love my job its not easy, and one thing I will say is if its not 100% what you want to do/cant imagine doing anything else then don’t bother, because all the hard times won’t be worth it…luckily for me, they are!

Oh and just one more thing – I promise it’s only one more – never ask for pictures while you’re working. Its so unprofessional, there’s a time and a place for that and for me and my friends, that just happened to be at gigs, in the bar, wrap parties and after parties…well you know what they say, work hard, play hard! 😉 

Working on ‘This Morning’…the beginning 🙂



                      The X-Factor 2011, to which I still feel unbelievably lucky to have been a part of!


Another amazing perk of the job is being invited backstage at gigs, these are just a selection of when some of the crew and I were invited down to support some ex contestants perform at G.A.Y. In case you think the camera angle is a bit funny it’s because we were actually ON the stage, which was weird to say the least. Can I just say I completely lived out my childhood dream up there, to be a popstar haha! Oh…and I had to add this because it just makes me laugh, can you guess who the idiot in the background, on her phone!!! is? Guilty as charged!


 We were lucky (unlucky for everybody who had to watch) to stand in for the judges every week at the dress rehearsal. Yes we did comment, and yes I did make a total twat of myself on a regular basis. Believe me there’s only one thing worse than embarrassing yourself in front of A LOT of people, and that’s Kelly Rowland telling you she’s been watching every week playing her. Yeah…to say I died of embarrassment is an understatement!

I love this one! It just brings back memories of a really happy time in my life. So grateful and lucky!

Hope you enjoyed this guys. More than anything I really hope nobody thinks I’m trying to ‘show off’ or shove it in anyone’s faces, but I get so many questions about my job that I thought it would be nice to share. It’s also a nice trip down memory lane for me!
Thanks so much for reading 🙂

16 responses to “Working in TV – the picture edit!”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I want ur job!
    Jo x

  2. Omg jls and harry, how do u get your job on tv? And how do you blog as well


    • Ellie Adams says:

      Hi Alice,

      More or less what I said in the post really. Lots of writing off for work experience and eventually someone put me forward from there.

      TV is my job and bloggings just a hobby, job will always come first 🙂


  3. SW says:

    Really enjoyed this post Elle, I love XFactor!!! I think you have an awesome job and am so happy you are sharing your wonderful experiences xx

    • Ellie Adams says:

      Stef thank you so much for your lovely comment. I was a bit anxious to see what response it would get so I'm so glad you liked it 🙂

  4. You look gorgeous in all these pictures and look like you are have a blast!! What a great experience!:)


  5. Ellie Adams says:

    Ah Alyssa thank you so much for your lovely comment. I had such an amazing experience, I just wanted to share it with everyone!

  6. Meera Sharma says:

    Wow what an interesting post. This is something I would be interested in getting involved in. Thanks for sharing. I am guessing we just have to carry on with sending over our CV's and being persistent?
    Thanks!! xx

    • Ellie Adams says:

      Hey Meera,

      Absolutely, I know that sounds a bit vague but keep on with the CV emails, work experience is one of the best ways in.

      Make your CV really clear as well as to what direction you want to go in, but yeah…keep keep being persistent with the emails, it only takes one reply to get the ball rolling!

      Good luck

  7. Im really happy you posted this! I love reading about different jobs and experiences that people have and wow you're very fortunate to have such a fun job! It's definitely something I would love doing one day. I hope you post more posts like these!

    Stephanie xx

    • Ellie Adams says:

      Ahh thank you so much for your lovely comment Stephanie, really appreciate it.

      I'd love to do more posts on the subject, I know how hard it is to break into so if any advice I can give can help others I'd be over the moon!


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