Reality TV: How To Get A Serious Gig

Reality TV: How To Get A Serious Gig

How does a person get a gig in reality television? How do you become a writer, story producer, director, casting producer or even a researcher for shows like The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Love and Hip Hop, Amazing Race, Big Brother, etc. 

Creatives who want to work in reality TV need to know about Staff Me Up. Staff Me Up is a website which lists reality tv jobs all across the United States. Many creatives get their first jobs in reality tv applying through Staff Me Up. 

Reality TV Hook Ups

Here’s how Staff Me Up works according to their website: 

For almost a decade, Realitystaff has proved that the internet really can help you find a great production job, or help you hire great employees. Production Notices has used the power of Facebook to do the same thing. And now, RS and PN are joining forces, and expanding to include every kind of production – TV shows, movies, commercials, music videos, web originals, live events, and more.

Your Free Profile Page

You get to create a highly customized PROFILE PAGE that you’ll submit to employers when you apply for a job. You also get to name your own link that you can use as your online resume.

The Power of Connections

Once you create your profile, with a single click, you can connect to all of the people you’ve ever worked with. You can easily find people by location, by position, or by specific production (we have tens of thousands listed in our database). Using our REFERENCE CHECKER, you can find all of the people that you know who also know that person. With one click.

Are You Looking For Work?

We post dozens of jobs on our JOB BOARD on an average day – and every single one has been posted by an actual employer directly on our site: we never scrape jobs off of any other sites. Using our innovative JOB FILTERS, finding the right job to apply to has never been easier. And while we can’t guarantee that you’ll get the job – we guarantee that this is the best place on the internet to find great new jobs every day.

Is Staff Me Up working for us?

TV producers who are members of Black TV Film Crew have had success with Staff Me Up. One successful gig on Staff Me Up more than pays for the annual membership. To learn more about their fees, check them out. 

Film Contest: The Accident – Closes October 5

Film Contest: The Accident – Closes October 5 has a new film contest that is closing soon. But it’s not too late so get your creative juices and check the information below… According to their website:.


Periodic Competition #8 

August 21st, 2018 to October 5th, 2018

  • Submit your original Short and you may win a cash prize along with the opportunity to enter Filmaka’s Final Competition.
  • Filmaka’s jury will view and vote on up to 13 finalists.
  • Three winners will be selected and awarded prizes.


Details about the competition: 

  • Submit an original 3-5 min Short that explores the theme: THE ACCIDENT..
  • Genre is not a barrier; you are free to come up with any idea that has to do with the theme/topic.
  • Your story should be compelling so unleash your creativity and let loose your innovative skills.
  • The competition begins August 21st, 2018 and ends on October 5th, 2018.

Your entries are chosen as follows: 

  • Up to 6 Shorts are selected by Members who submitted Shorts in this competition.
  • Up to 2 Shorts are selected by non-competing Members.
  • Up to 2 Shorts are selected by Registered Users.
  • Up to 3 Shorts are selected by Filmaka executives.

Out of these (up to) 13 Shorts, the jury will select the top three winners who will receive cash prizes listed below. In addition, the winners are given the ultimate opportunity to enter Filmaka’s Final Competition. 

First place prize: $2500

Second place prize: $1500

Third place prize: $750

All films will go live together as per the Calendar dates, But the films uploaded early will get the top slot in the grid and thus get better views and votes. 

THE ENTRY PERIOD BEGINS AT 12:00:01 AM PACIFIC STANDARD DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME (“PST”) on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 And Ends At 11:50:50PM PST on Friday, October 5th, 2018. 

VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. The competition is only open to individuals who are at least 18 years of age and are members of Filmaka. Employees (and their immediate families and household members) of Filmaka, any entities responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the competition or supplying the prizes, or any of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliated and successor companies, are not eligible to enter the competition or win a prize. For complete Competition Terms and Conditions, please go to COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS. 

Filmaka is a digital platform for aspiring filmmakers to showcase their talents, compete for opportunities and build their careers. The platform is an alternative for talent who don’t have access to the film industry through traditional avenues. Films that are submitted by Filmaka members to a Filmaka competition are seen, judged and selected by a jury of top tier professionals in the entertainment industry and by fellow Filmaka members. At Filmaka, aspiring filmmakers from across the world can connect, collaborate, and compete for a wide range of professional opportunities.

Photo courtesy of crew member, Joseph Tova. You can find him on instagram:

NEH Media Projects Program: Films, Podcasts, TV Projects

NEH Media Projects Program: Films, Podcasts, TV Projects

The NEH Media Projects Program has an Open Call.

The National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) has an upcoming deadline for media projects. Receipt Deadline August 29, 2018 for Projects Beginning April 2019.

From their website: 

The NEH Media Projects program supports documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. 

Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical. The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate reflection. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects that we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience.

Film CrewFilm and television projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs may be intended for regional or national distribution, via traditional carriage or online distribution. The Division of Public Programs welcomes projects that range in length from short-form to broadcast-length video.

The Division of Public Programs encourages film and television projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture and advance civics education. The Division of Public Programs also supports film and television projects that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities.

Radio and podcast projects may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing series. Programs receiving production grants may be either broadcast or disseminated online. They may be intended for national or regional distribution.

NEH encourages projects that engage public audiences through multiple formats. Proposed projects might include supplementary components to a film, television, radio, or podcast project: for example, book/film discussion programs, supplemental educational websites, or museum exhibitions.

Production grants (up to $650,000) support the production and distribution of documentary films, television programs, radio programs, and podcasts. To apply, click here. 


Quick Tip:

Stay organized: Create a google spreadsheet of names, dates, and programs to which you are applying.


Check out our other grants and contests.

Philadelphia Film Crew – ISO Multiple Crew Positions

Philadelphia Film Crew – ISO Multiple Crew Positions

Philadelphia Film Crew Needed

I know we have some Philadelphia Film Crew members amongst us. One of our crew members is going into production with 5 different projects in the fall. They are currently looking for crew members with various experience and backgrounds. If you are a member of our Facebook promotions group, you would have seen this post. They are looking for resumes, reels, etc. 

Whenever you are applying for a job that you’ve seen posted with us, please let them know you were referred by Black TV Film Crew. 

To apply, click here.  Good luck, Philadelphia Film Crew! 

|Check it Out: Have you seen this Grant? |

And think about this…

5 Reasons Why You Should Include References On Your Resume

Nothing screams, “I’m worthy,” like putting your references on your resume. It tells the person who is considering you, “Hey, call the people who worked for me, I’m good.” A lot of people say you don’t need to put references on your resume. But, I say, “If you have room, go for it.” A lot of people balk at this but here are 5 reasons why you should include references on your resume. 

  1. It saves the hiring person from asking you for them. 
  2. It allows the hiring person to check you out before the interview. 
  3. It projects an air of confidence on paper. 
  4. It gives you a head start in front of other candidates who aren’t so bold. 
  5. If the hiring manager looks over your references and realize they know someone who is your referral, you’ll all but a shoo-in for the job.  

Test out this theory. Create a resume with some references and create one without. I was recently hired for a TV producer position and I’d sent the hiring manager a resume which had my references on it. Did it make the difference? I don’t know for sure, but it’s a dream gig and they didn’t ask for references after my interview. 

If you try this and it works, tell us about it.

**Our featured photos is from our family over at Black Panties TV courtesy of their Instagram. We love ya’ll**

Black Web Series Love: What’s New In July

Black Web Series Love: What’s New In July

Our crew members are some of the most talented creatives on the planet. So, here are some web series created, written by, and/ or produced by our members and hitting the net in July. 

Unconditional Love Series created and written by: Thomas Mason Jr. and Joseph Goncalves

Web Series

Unconditional Love Series

July 17th – Final Season Premiere

Series Synopsis: Explores the ups and downs of a romance between a black gay couple. According to the creators, “The show was created because we were not seeing our stories told in an authentic way in mainstream media. As content creators, we find it especially important to include images that are often ignored, erased, or exploited. We decided to fill the void by creating a show with a gay, black men at the forefront. Our show humanizes the marginalized and we take pride in telling responsible, impactful stories where everyone can draw experience.

Watch it on Youtube

54:17 web series created, written and directed by Frantzy Moreau 

July 20th Premiere

Web Series

Frantzy Moreau

 Series Synopsis: A young gunsmith (Isaiah) has mended the weapons that are going to kill the people he can save from them. This series has veteran actress JoMarie Payton as a part of the team. According to the Writer / Director / Creator, Frantzy Moreau, “Most of you know JoMarie Payton as Harriette Winslow from Family Matters! I had the honor of having the Mom I’ve watched on TV all my life and low key raised me actually portray my Mom in my project and bring to life my vision and lines that I wrote! Watch how she delivers the lines.”

Watch it on Youtube

The 6th degree TV web series written and directed by Lyandre Pierre. 

July 20th Premiere

web seriesSeries Synopsis: The 6th Degree is a multimedia project that combines a scripted story with real roundtable conversations on the topics of race, masculinity, femininity, relationships, artistry, and mortality. In each episode you are introduced to the central character of the next episode. Journey with us as we explore what it means to be connected in a world full of differences.

Website and Watch It On YouTube

Series: Po’ Psi Broke web series created* and directed by Akil DuPont.

web series

Po Psi Broke

July 21st live in ATL and 8pm online Premiere

Series Synopsis: A series about a rich freshman trying to get into a poor and PROUD fraternity! Inspired by Kanye’s “Broke Phi Broke” skit, Po’ Psi Broke is the highly-anticipated new production guaranteed to get you a new 6-pack from laughing!

*Tyler Buckingham is also a co-writer on this series. 

Website and Watch it on Youtube

*If you have a web series that is premiering, let us know. Email us with the subject line: Web Series Love. We are currently prepping our August and September lists. Don’t be late.