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On Camera, 2nd Edition by Tom Flynn, Nancy Reardon

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20 How to Land a Job in Television

by Melinda Murphy

Some years ago, this young and enthusiastic Texan showed up in one of my classes. She was tall, very pretty, and as hard a worker as I have had in class. So it is no surprise to me that Melinda Murphy went on to a very successful on-camera career, first in local stations and then in network television.

When I told her I was writing a book and would like her to give my students a few words of advice, she said she would. Here are her few words of advice—a whole chapter of them! Enjoy and learn.

Passion.

Remember that word. Passion is THE key to getting a job in television.

And trust me, nobody in the world will be as passionate about your career as you will be. Your agent won’t. Your best friend ...

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