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The Decision

19 Jan

Well, as promised I would say what the outcome was of my interview on Tuesday. I was out shopping when I got the call from PRO CAM, and it was unsuccessful. The reason for their decision was that they felt that because of where I want to go with my career path, they feel that working at PRO CAM would not put me in the right direction. Although I was disheartened by the decision, Jonathan (the guy on the phone and who interviewed me with his colleague) said that they both enjoyed meeting me, that everything I said in my interview was brilliant and ticked all the right boxes there was an enormous ‘BUT/ HOWEVER, you showed a lot of enthusiasm and passion that we want to help you on the right career path, so we will send your details out to the various production companies that we know and work with in Manchester, if you are happy for us to do that’. You can of course guess my response which was yes, definitely. The only thing I had to do was make some changes to my CV and then it would be sent out. So there was bad news, followed by good news.

I will be honest, what I was glad that I got from my interview was constructive feedback on my CV, interview and everything else. So I am happy with the new CV at least it isn’t War and Peace, as it used to be with too much info and not enough of the crucial stuff. The hardest part was cutting my personal statement down to the bare bones, but I did it. Before my conversation ended with Jonathan, he said that I showed a lot of enthusiasm, passion and drive from what I have done and am currently working towards, and that he has a feeling that I will make it and to not give up. So we are back to the its not what you know, but who you know situation, and it totally works.

My Motto is ‘Never Surrender’, and that is something that I won’t give up on.

Hopefully, I will hear from the different companies, and see what happens.

First thing to start the year

16 Jan

Hey one and all

Gosh I haven’t blogged in awhile, well not since Christmas, but it was great to have a break and I guess everyone I know in TV and Film was glad for the break too. Over the Christmas break I have been planning what to do in the New Year as well as making corny New Years Resolutions. My first media activity of the year was going for an interview in Manchester with a company called PRO CAM, and although my interview was in the late afternoon I got up to Manchester earlier than expected.

After looking on Google Maps for a street view of the location I was going to, I eventually made it after a 35mins walk. It certainly felt a lot longer than 35mins, once one site I was surprised at how quickly I found PRO CAM’s offices. Although I was half and hour early I had my interview earlier than planned, and of course it began with the traditional questions; tell us a bit about yourself, what can you bring to the company, why should we hire you, etc. That couple with the a series of scenarios and how I would handle them, then it was finished off with my career ambitions and if I had any questions.

From where I was sitting I think it went o.k I just have to wait till the end of the week beginning of next week to see what the outcome was. I have some planned projects to be getting involved in, everything form indie films to BBC/ ITV/ C4 programmes. In my spare time I will be making a lot of things too with the really cool sewing machine I got for Christmas and planning things to make next year, one of which is flavoured Brandy and more alcoholic ice cream (maybe I should ask Heston if he is interested in some of my ideas).

Until my next posting, happy reading and New Year to you all, and on a personal note I think it is ridiculous that Eater eggs are being sold this early and we haven’t even had Valentines Day or Mothers Day. Crazy.

Trains, Trams and Fast Track

21 Nov

Well, it wasn’t fast trains, or a barrel of laughs for me this morning. What a nightmare it was getting back from Manchester with the flooding, delays, signalling problems and everything else that has been going on. Despite that I had a great day yesterday at MediaCity UK at the very first BBC Fast Train Track workshop day. It was basically a day where those who have worked in the industry for two years, or had a least three well established credits on their CV could attend various masterclasses, seminars, workshops and LIVE interactive sessions in all things media that ranged from TV to Film, Radio to pitching, Screenwriting to editing and much much more. As it was a day that started at 9am and ended at 7pm, I went for three classes and the networking event for afters, and because it being a trek from the East midlands it was afternoon classes all around. Once I’d made it to manchester, drop my case at the hotel and jumped on the MetroLink it was easy sailing to the North. The first class of the day was ‘How to Crack Careers’, which of course the title answers for itself what it is about. The session consisted of a chair woman who introduced the speakers of the day, one of which I know through another one of my media contacts up North. It was interesting learning how each person had got into this industry through various routes, means and connections and all the advice they passed on to us was so helpful that everyone was scribbling away so hard on their pads of paper that I thought they were going to start a fire. Though that wouldn’t have lasted long as it was pouring with rain, and as everyone always says to me ‘It always rains up North’.

 

Before my next session I decided to kill some time in the careers corner, where I and so many other people wondered round the different tables/ stalls of all media training companies, ITV, unions, Creative England and loads more. I was drawn to the ITV tables, as the had loads of give aways not just the typical pens and paper but also ‘TEXT SANTA’ Christmas hats, key-rings, and stuffed animal toys that unfortunately I and no-one else could take away though it would have been so cool to walk away with a toy kangaroo, or dragon. I got a surprise when I saw a familiar face at the Creative England table, Nicky, who I had seen only a week ago at a previous event and it was great to have a catch up before going to the next session on my agenda….

This was Drama Management, mainly learning about the work and roles of Line Producer/ Production Managers. Now I know how much work my friend Terry has to put in on a daily basis with TV and Films he works on, but I guess its all part and parcel of the game. One thing I will not forget immediately about the area we had our session in is the flamboyantly striking chairs,  that immediately made me think that Paul Smith had designed them, maybe he did? After whizzing through so much in an hour it was a quick dash to the next building for the final session; Cutting Edge look into Current Affairs. meeting the people behind the numerous programmes, only to name a few ‘Dispatches, Panorama, BBC 3 docs and loads more. Although most of the discussion centred on trust issues because of the news night programme about Jimmy Savile, everything that each spokesperson said was brilliant and the questions that followed and all the advice that was given.

Of course the overall highlight of the evening was the networking, and the drinks and trust me there was lots and lots of it, I would say enough to sink a battleship. After a few words from the boss of BBC North, Peter Salmon who thanked everyone for attending, the speakers and awarded a person who had pitched an idea to a panel of BBC Execs a cheques for 5K, all I can say is well one to that person and hope her idea develops and is a success. I even got the opportunity to shake hands with Peter Salmon and other people as well as hand out a few business cards. As I was completely shattered from the travel and the whole day I just got on the MLink and just went back to the hotel and chilled from the day. Next mission on the cards is to get home, forward copies of my CV to my new found friends and doing everything else I couldn’t do before I left (despite being hindered by the rain I made it back annoyed but ok). I just hope there are more and future events I can go to as I have so much fun going to these gatherings, and hope that my next activity is just as good. There is something in the pipeline but I don’t want to say yet, no spoilers yet folks, not until I have all confirmed.

Keeping reading and enjoy x

What an eventful night

14 Nov

Hi guys

Well, what a night I had yesterday in Manchester, and why you may ask was there? Answer: At a networking event. Networking events are something relatively new to me, as in the past there haven’t been many that I have been made aware of, or are close enough for me to travel to. This networking event was called ironically ‘The Event’ where many people in the TV and Film industry came to chat, hand out business cards and socialise with those wanting to find the next opportunity. Made it to Manchester before the event started to check into my hotel and it took me roughly 10mins to get there. Once at the Midland hotel (which is where it was held) I found the function room where it was being held, and as soon as I got my name badge and free drink, the networking commenced.

I met a mixture of people from different media areas (directors, location managers, PR agencies, composers, sound mixers etc). During part of the evening we were introduced to Nick Ball head of the organisation behind the event and each member of staff who are responsible for the different regions of the UK,  and I spoke to the guys who deals with the Midlands. I admit that was the one thing that annoys me is that there are not many opportunities in the Midlands, always up North or down South. It was great meeting so many people and handing out business cards, I only hope that I hear of more opportunities.

The event wrapped at 9pm and once people started leaving I followed suit. Whilst walking back to my hotel I thought about how great the evening had been and hoped that the next event I head to in Manchester next Tuesday is just as god as this one. Lets see what happens after this.

I am a shadow

6 Sep

Well, I call myself this because I was dressed all in black today. The reason for this was I spent the day at ITV Studios. It was a case of getting up at the crack of dawn to get to Manchester as CrossCountry Trains where I live are rubbish (change will never come). And of course of all the days I need to be somewhere on time, there has to be a trespasser on the train tracks. At times I think the UK should adopt the attitude of the USA; Trespassers will be shot. Beside this I made it, and I couldn’t have gotten lost as the building I was heading to had Granada TV in big red letters outside, that I called reception to make sure I was heading to the right building, as ITV are moving to MediaCIty.

After signing in I met Lesley, a production runner who is with 3SixtyMedia, and from there I was taken to the production office to meet the rest of the team. I also got to meet the person I have been corresponding with over the past couple of weeks to arrange to come to ITV. Lesley then gave me a tour of the site, once I introduced to more people and shown the different departments, and I will admit the site is enormous that I did lose my bearings a few times, though luckily Lesley kept pointing me in the right direction. One area I was shown was where they film Corrie, and I was treated a visit to the ‘Rovers Return’, no pints I was working. Along with making notes, tidying the galleries, helping source supplies it was a great and busy day. One thing I didn’t think would happen was seeing a few famous faces; William Roache, Mikey North and Ben Price.

 

I just couldn’t get over how fast the day had gone and soon it was time to go, so it was a case of heading to Manchester Piccadilly and it took a heck of a journey to get back to the Midlands. So more opportunities to talk about really soon, I hope.

Trains, Trams and MediaCity

29 Jul

My feet are throbbing from yesterday, but it was so worth it, considering the day I have had being in Manchester. After getting to Manchester Piccadilly, and jumping in a taxi my destination was MediaCity. Turning a corner and seeing the BBC sign, was the highlight of the day, and seeing the cool new buildings. After meeting Jane I was given a tour of one of the buildings and looking out of the window I got a great view of what was and will be on the Salford site. I think the pics speak for themselves, on the size and view.

My visit to MediaCity even involved a tour of the Lowry shopping centre, where I had lunch with Jane and her assistant, so I know where the nearest cinema and designer clothes shops are too. Back on site I got a tour of other buildings and in the entertainment block I encountered the boss of BBC North, Peter Salmon! All I thought at the time was OMG! As people say ‘save the best for last’ mine was meeting one of the people in the recruitment team, who will be contacting me in the next couple of weeks to go back to Manchester to have a meeting with her.

My visit went by so quickly, that I was sad when I had to leave, and I thought I’d leave in style, by going on the tram. I had never been on a tram before, and it reminded me of a rickety rollercaster. Because I had an hour to kill before leaving Manchester I just toured the train station, found a sushi bar (YO SUSHI) and chowed down to some on the train out. I only hope my call back to Manchester will be soon, and something positive comes out of it.

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