EFP Specialist | Kids Work!

What is an EFP Specialist?

Electronic field production (EFP) specialists are responsible for videotaping aesthetically pleasing and informative television footage that will be used in broadcast and non-broadcast productions. In addition to operating camera equipment, the EFP specialist must be able to light scenes, record audio and direct talent in the field. An understanding of how light travels is extremely important to effectively illuminate subjects and scenes. Additional knowledge of physical science is needed to operate production equipment. Mathematics is important to calculate times for recording and editing.

Real People Profile

Name: Xavier Blake
Workplace: ETV
Education: Bachelor of arts in communications with a minor in business administration, Newberry College
Favorite Subject(s)
in School:
Most of my communication classes because we got to do a lot of productions
First Real Job: ETV
Dream Job: Working for ESPN operating camera for sports events
Interests: Sports

Real People Q&A

Advice for students interested in my job: 
It’s really a hands-on job, so be prepared to make some mistakes while you are learning.

What subjects in school will students need to do my job? 
English, mathematics

What I like most about my job?
The best thing, I think, about my job is that it is different every day, and I very rarely do the same thing, or have the same job to perform every day.

What is the biggest challenge in my job? 
The best thing about my job is also the biggest challenge. Every day is a different day and just because you figure out one challenge, you experience a whole set of new challenges the next day.

How do you get a job like mine? 
You first must have an interest in TV production, get a good education, and then really apply yourself, and get lucky.