The main career development path is to start in a junior position, such as a camera assistant/trainee, runner or technical operator and progress from there. With a few years’ experience, the natural progression is into the position of camera operator and then, after some years, to lighting camera person or director of photography. The more senior roles allow more creative input and demand leadership skills.
Advancement within the profession depends on a number of factors, such as:
Geographical mobility is also important as many jobs are in London or in other cities with major studios.
With experience, camera operators build up a list of credits, which can lead to further opportunities and offers of work.
There may be a less structured career path for those working as freelancers, as they need to take responsibility for maintaining their own skills, employability and continuing personal development (CPD).
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