Film & TV Graduate working for Channel 9 as a Vision Switcher

Film and TV Production graduate Nathan discovered his dream role as a vision switcher and is now working for Channel 9. We caught up with him to see how it is going!


Hey Nathan! So tell us how you got this position at Channel 9?

I found the job opening on Seek and applied. Then there was the phone interviews and referencing. I had David Bell (Head of Film & TV Sydney) as one of my references, so obviously he was great. After, they called me and offered the job!

What are your favourite things about working at Channel 9?

VISION SWITCHING: Even when doing a news bulletin, I’m able to tell a story to the audience. 
DIRECTING: Knowing what is going to happen. I like being the captain on any team.
Graphics Editor: It comes with the job.


What did you learn that you weren’t aware of before working behind the scenes?

Firstly I learnt how to use the specific pieces of equipment. Professional Vision Switching desk, Viz effects (used for name title plates, straps etc), Harris systems (video editing system), more After Effects.
Secondly I learnt that teamwork is the key to be successful. From the Head News Director to the casuals, everyone helps to create a successful show.
Lastly but most importantly I learnt that I LOVE Vision switching and I hope I’ll be doing it for a long time.

What advice would you give to current students currently studying FTV and wanting to get an opportunity like this?

Be willing to learn and ask questions. Know your work inside out to be the best you can be.
Try and get some work experience while studying. People with experience in the industry have a huge advantage that employers are seeking.
Try out different roles within the industry. The other roles weren’t for me but I found this and I really enjoy it.

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