What It’s Really Like to be a Reality TV Producer

Written for FLARE‘s 9-5 series.

What does a reality TV producer do? It can range anywhere from coming up with an idea to casting a concept to selling a show to developing a show to figuring out financing. It involves managing the creative and the business elements through production to seeing the show on the air.

So you’re kind of the person that makes it all happen? Yes, exactly.

What’s your typical workday like? Oh man, it’s full. I bounce back between scripted and unscripted content, and I have shows in development and ones in production and on the air. I spend my day going from calls to meetings to set visits to broadcast or pitch sessions. I do a lot of travelling, but I also have full days in my office at Lark Productions in Vancouver.

That’s so busy! How do you get in the zone in the morning? I make a list of my priorities, check my email and my schedule, have a healthy smoothie and usually have a dance party with my one-year-old daughter before I head out the door.

What role does location play in shows like The Real Housewives of Vancouver? In Vancouver, I really felt we showcased a sexier, more upscale side of the city than people had seen before. It’s that aspirational viewing; people wanted to shop where these women shopped and eat where they ate. [The Real Housewives of Vancouver ran for two seasons.]

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