Gemma Holdway’s insights into the value of NSI Totally Television

Gemma Holdway

Are you thinking about applying for NSI Totally Television? We talked to some of our program alumni to get their thoughts on how the program changed their careers and why they think you should apply.

We spoke to writer Gemma Holdway, program grad with project DeGeneration (and current NSI Features First participant), about what she got out of the training. Here’s what she had to say.

What were your expectations for NSI Totally Television going into it? Did these change over the course of the program?

I went into the program expecting to work hard and meet people from every side of the business.

I did not expect the program to be so tailored to our project’s needs. That was so refreshing.

Do you have any tips or advice for folks thinking of applying to the course?

Know your show as best you can. Write the pilot. Your story will change but try to hold onto what you loved about the series when you started out. Be constantly mindful of what you’re exploring thematically. Think about a global audience, but be specific.

Why would you recommend NSI Totally Television?

It’s an opportunity to hone your craft and educate yourself about a constantly-changing business.

If I could do the program all over again next week, I would in a heartbeat.

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NSI Totally Television provides customized, hands-on training for Canadian producer/writer teams to develop story ideas into polished packages to present to buyers in the global marketplace. Now entering its 17th edition, NSI Totally Television continues to evolve its curriculum and deepen its faculty pool to best prepare students and their projects for next-level success.

Find out more and apply for the course by September 27, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. EST.

NSI Totally Television is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Bell Media; Program Partner Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Super Channel, Corus Entertainment and CBC Gem; and Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

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