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How to Become a film and TV reviewer

If you hope to make living watching videos, becoming a film or television critic is probably the best and most established way to go.

It's by no means easy to get to the point of video writing as a full-time job, but with hard work, dedication, and a solid understanding of the written word, you can.

Film and television criticism are very competitive lines of work, so especially if you are considering freelance writing, you will need to start by charging lower fees to reflect your level of experience.

But remember, you deserve to get paid for your work, so don't accept lower payments than you think is fair, just because you're starting out.

To prepare for a full-time job as a film or television critic, it is worth seeking out internships to enhance your CV. Unfortunately, not all journalism internships pay well (or not at all, in some cases), but check out PressPad for help with accommodation in London during internships.

And, if you find yourself in an unpaid internship, our guide to financial support during placement can help.

Once you start building your review portfolio and make a name for yourself, you can gradually increase your rates and take on higher commissions.