Where I grew up and went to college, a lot of people wanted to break into show business. A lot. Usually it’d be a split between film students and theater students. Actors aside, I think it’s good for these students to take classes in both fields. They should even delve into radio classes as well. It’s common sense that the more you know, the more you’re worth. Not in the humanity sense, but definitely in the sense of business. The more you know, the more likely you are to get a job and a higher pay. It all starts in college with your desired field.
If you can work the light and audio board in a theater production, with just a little added information you can easily learn how to work the light and audio boards for a television production. A radio class would also be good to take. It will give you a broader knowledge concerning audio.
For actors taking a television production course also requires acting and it will introduce you to what television acting is like. Let me assure you that the acting done on a sitcom is way different from the acting done on a stage.You’ll have mics attached to you, ques to follow, background music and the chance to do several different takes of a shot. The lights on you may sometimes be hot, yet you’ll have to keep your cool. It’s an experience that can only make you much stronger.
If you’re the type of guy who hangs up the lights for a production, a television course will show you brand new aspects of lighting. The above shot, the below shot. With a little work you’ll end up being the go to guy.