With a record £5.6 billion ($7.3 billion) spent on making big-budget films, high-end scripted drama and strong unscripted programming last year, the film and television industry is booming like never before. However, the outcome of the success brought a new skill shortage problem.
At the request of the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the British Film Institute (BFI) has been tasked with determining how much of a problem the lack of individuals in certain roles is. . The report, due out in April, will highlight key indicators around these shortages.
The continuing — and exponentially growing — content push could see a gap of 40,000 workers by 2025. The effect could be so massive that it alters filming schedules and dramatically increases budgets.
Speaking to The Guardian, Seetha Kumar, CEO of ScreenSkills, a firm which represents workers in the industry, said: “The really pressing issues are at the experienced middle level, and that is our main focus for the coming year as shortages hit. production schedules, causing delays and creating wage inflation,”
“All the research we do and the regular industry input that sits on our skills councils and working groups, [tells] skills gaps and shortages at all levels – from production coordinators and managers to editors, script supervisors and accountants.
Coach the problem
With a huge skills gap that should be flagged, the solution around the problem may be a means of creating significant jobs.
Sean T. Adams, military veteran, business and life coach, teaches people how to master themselves to develop high earning skills by harnessing their knowledge and giving them new tools to grow.
“When talented, driven, ethical people come together, it’s pretty mind-blowing what can be accomplished. Another thing is you don’t know what you don’t know. That’s why mentoring is so vital and honestly what saved me.One thing I realized is that the entrepreneurial journey is about self development and nothing more.
He believes that using your environment to learn and develop new skills is paramount to understanding how to capitalize on today’s market as well as listening and reading what the market is doing.
“Your job works on you more than you work on it. It’s not knowledge that makes a successful entrepreneur. It’s skills, traits and belief patterns. He added.
“Rebuilding the way people think is the start, so people have a strategy when they enter an industry that can ultimately play a major role in impacting a person’s success in life, business or his career.”
With an economy reeling from the global COVID-19 pandemic, the film and television industry could potentially herald a great opportunity for work and training.
Being a freelancer – very close to full entrepreneurship – the opportunities for coaching individuals to filter into key roles are considerable. The content push isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, which means we see an industry ripe to deal with job shortages.
On advice for people looking to start fresh in a new industry, Adams said, “Get a mentor. You don’t know what you don’t know. Find someone who has the success you want and learn from them. Ethics is the key.
“Make sure you grow so that you are strong for the people you lead. You will never rise by the strength of your goals, you will only fall by the weakness of your systems. So if you have big goals, make sure you have a system conducive to success.