I’m Elsa Sharp, author and BBC Talent Manager in Factual production in History and Business. I am part of the BBC Production Talent Network and work with talent managers in current affairs, documentaries, science and consumer.
My role is to recruit researchers and producers for BBC programmes and development. I also work with the Academy and take part in recruitment for entry level schemes including the Production Talent Pool, Apprenticeship, Stephen Lawrence Trust and Mama Youth schemes.
My book How To Get A Job in Television, was published in 2009 and is a 300 page comprehensive insider guide to getting into and progressing in TV.
I self published a new ebook Get in and Get on Television a new, updated,30 page concise guide about all you need to know to get into TV - from how to write a covering letter to networking . You can find out more about it and buy it here.
I was head of talent at Dragonfly Film and TV from September 2011 to March 2013 and recruited researchers and all levels of producer across all their extensive output including One Born Every Minute, The Plane Crash and The Hotel.
Prior to joining Dragonfly, I worked freelance working for Firecracker Films,Objective Productions, Impossible Pictures, Raw TV and Gogglebox Entertainment as a talent manager and as a development producer at Two Four Broadcast.
I occasionally lecture at the University of Westminster and appear at networking and training events within the BBC and with TV industry recruitment website The Talent Manager, RTS Futures, and BAFTA