Tuesday, September 13

Education These Days

A lot of people like the idea of 'working in television' but have no idea what that means, sometimes I get a glimpse into what is supposed happens in a production office, the letter below* arrived this morning and has managed to simultaneously brighten and depress my mood.

Hello, My name is xxxx xxxxxxx and i was wondering if there was any work experience available for producing? I am 15 years old and currently study at xxxxxxx (fancy school). I live in xxxxxx near xxxxxx (fancy area) and would be very grateful for any more information you have on work experience! I have skill such as:

Horse riding (hobby intermediate level)
Ballet (grade 7 and pointe)
Tap (grade 6)
Sailing (level 4 RYA)
Violin ( grade 5)
Piano (grade 8)
Running (hobby)
Drama (xxxxx School)
I have also done work experience with xxxxxxx productions so I know what I'm doing with the camera!

Thank you very much for your time! xxxxxx.

*The entire application is faithfully reproduced here, the only additions are the x's and the bracketed notes


  1. I am similarly depressed and amused at the same time.
    It's a peculiar feeling isn't it? Bit like eating sweet and sour.

  2. Did you also add all the kisses ?

  3. "...work experience available for producing..."
    Perhaps you could refer the applicant to a surrogacy clinic?

  4. Ugh! I used to work for a television network and all I can say is minus the glamour and fame, it's a very painfully stressful and life threatening job. But of course I was a exaggerating a bit.
    I only lasted a few months. Almost a year, but still, I quit!
    And you're right, the letter is quite a bit depressing.

  5. I think every production office should have a tap dancing sailor.

  6. So you hired her, right? Maybe she can feed the gators in the moat.

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  8. Considering she's 15 and can write (and make a list of things she's done) I suspect she will become one of the next generation's success stories.

  9. jesus wept!

    but, sadly, i have to agree with bill. she'll be a super star just like snooki! xoxoxox

    (you know it absolutely pains me that i even know who snooki is!)

  10. Ammonite's first Camera Girl?

  11. Hmm, I'm surprised that he/she didn't add "and daddy is a xxxxxx".

  12. Scarlet Blue It's a peculiar feeling isn't it? Bit like eating sweet and sour. that's it exactly xxx

    Nursey - I did add the kisses - I can't help it

    Dinahmow "...work experience available for producing..."
    That is a killer line isn't it?

    Hello Désolé Boy painfully stressful and life threatening that is the best description of working in telly that I've yet heard

  13. MJ - we already have five tap dancing sailors and an underwater ballerina - What I need is people who can make cake

    Wow, - Yup she fed the gators in the moat - they're still hungry

    Bill - at this point it is a bit depressing that she will almost certainly become one of the next generation's success stories.

    Savannah and Synchy - I now have to find our about snooki! xxxx

    lx - we do have camera girls but so far they haven't been able to make cake so they can only join us on a temporary basis

    Gadjo Dilo - me too!

  14. Actually grade 8 piano at 15 y/o is pretty impressive, give her a point. But nobody says "horse riding", her school must be dead common. Or else Daddy is a parvenu.

  15. As always, you crack me up.

  16. Dear Major Custard - Are you the father by any chance?


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