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You work in the media industry but what exactly that you do? 
I am a tv production manager. Before I came to tv I started out from short movies and I had an internship in a tv commercial production house. Even though the output of the work still a video or motion graphic, actually they're somewhat different in how the system works in each field. TV production is a very fast pace environment where everything is moving constantly. We always joke that what production managers do is actually like herding cats - and no one really understands what we're doing.

                                          What kind of tv shows or projects that you've been working on? 
Mostly I work on reality and travel shows. I was a freelancer until 3 years ago. My time as a freelancer enabled me to take on a different type of projects outside of tv shows. I've worked on a documentary, tv commercials, short movies, company profiles and music video productions before. But my main thing would be tv shows. 

How did you get into film production? Did you go to film school?
I didn't go to film school. I majored in Communication with a focus in Journalism back in university. I joined an audio-visual club back in my junior year in the university where we basically get together to learn about film-making and video production. From there I got a lot of practical experience producing short movies with my colleagues on a small scale. Then I started doing volunteer work working for the people in the film industry in Indonesia. After participating in a film workshop where they asked us to actively become a crew member of a short movie production, I got the offer to do an internship in a tv commercial production house as a production assistant. From there my career grew. I worked part-time whenever I could - in between classes and after class. There was a period of time when I worked as an assistant manager for a sound post-production house where my shift started from 9 pm to 2 am because I had to do it after my class. My international tv career started in my 3rd year in university when I got my first job in international tv shows production. 

You mentioned you were a nomad. Where did you live and how did you live?!
I moved out from my parents' house since I entered uni. After I graduated, I had a bit of dilemma whether to stay in the city where I lived at that time or should I move to Jakarta to pursue my career. Only that I really didn't like the idea of settling down in Jakarta as a lot of job offers coming from there. I was freelancing full time after graduated, so I have more flexibility in term of where I was based. The good thing was a lot of the shooting itself didn't happen in Jakarta, so I always traveling around most of the time. One day, I just decided to not get my own place and lived with my 45-liter carrier bag and one bag pack that contained all the things I need to work. I stayed in one city for a few weeks, then moved on to another one. A few days here, a few months there - depending on where the shoot happening. My living settlement varied from hotels that the production provided, homestays, a friend's couch to a tent and hammock. After 3 years I decided to go back to Bali and get my own place where I proudly get my own coffee cups and a french press! Not long after that, I sold most of my just-bought furniture, sent boxes of books to my parents' house and moved overseas. 

Any advice if I want to work on tv? Does it necessary to have a film degree? 
I might not be the best person to answer this question. I didn't go to a film school, but a lot of my friends (both from Indonesia and other countries) who work in the industry did. I am not against the idea of enrolling in a film school because of course, you get the chance to learn the things you want to learn presented on your table, but at the same time, I don't think it's necessary depending on what kind of role you'd like to take. Working in the entertainment industry like this might look glamorous and exciting from the outside, but working in tv industry is also tough. There are a lot of hard work and things that you don't see on screen. 

I think my advice if you want to work in this field is that you know what you want to be. Whether you want to be a director, producer, production manager, cameraman, gaffer, sound engineer - and focus on it. I met a lot of people in the industry who do what they're doing just because it was the first opportunity that they get after school and they didn't really know what they want to d so they give it a try. There's nothing wrong with trying, but personally, I think it's very important to know what you want to be because each job role requires a different skill set that you need to build. 

Knowing what you want to be will give insights what kind of steps that you need to do to grow your career. When you want to change your hat from sound man to cameraman, it's not like you have to get promoted for that, but you have to start all over again to build your credibility and portfolio. Working in a tv industry might sound cool and all. You get to travel, you get to meet people that you never thought of, you get to tell stories that you like and all, but it's not always rainbows and butterflies. There are a lot of hard work and high level of commitment involve in the job itself - just like any other job out there. 

Thank you so much for all your questions. You can contact me if you have other questions that you'd like to ask. 

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