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Rock DJ’s Party

23 Apr

Today of this week marks the anniversary date for the radio station that I volunteer at, Royal Infirmary, 25 years from today was when the studio was created and in recognition of this me, the studio director and all the other presenters are gonna party all of today and tonight, which I am so looking forward to. Armed with cameras (photo and flip) lots of pics and footage will be captured and made into a short film of the night. I can at long last (after 4 months work) say that my Radio Fox Film is finished, I am just getting the music sorted so when it is done it will be here for you to watch, on the new radio fox website and of course Youtube. When its up, please watch and leave me your thoughts. Until then keep checking back. 🙂

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vInspired, Be Inspired

26 Mar

Afternoon everyone

One is being kept busy with a film project on the volunteering I and others do at a Radio station in my area, and I hope to have the film finished before the birthday date (25th April). I enjoy volunteering, as it gives you a warm fuzzy feeling and it is immensely rewarding.

And speaking of rewarding, tonight at Camden RoundHouse is a terrific event, organised by an organisation I have found volunteering work from for quite a while; vInspired. In a nutshell for those of you who do not know, this is where 16-25 year olds can volunteer and be part of an activity, organisation or get the skills that are essential for going out into the working world, something that many employers look for and through this you get recognition. It is this recognition that many young people, as well as many groups have clocked up so many hours that they are being honoured for that tonight.

At the awards at 7.30pm tonight there will be many famous and well known artists, such as ‘The Saturdays’, Katie Piper (co-presenting) and many more. Although I helped out at last years awards asa Backstage Runner (refer to March 2012) and had so much fun, I thought I should try again, and although I was unsuccessful, I was considered for a role as a Digital Presenter. This role involved interviewing the winners and speaking to the celebrity guests and providing coverage about the event through Google Hangout, and sharing the nights festivities through the power of streaming. Due to technical problems at the venue, I won’t be able to co-present via the comfort of my home, however, I dod plan to watch the event and I hope you guys can too. You may ask the question how do I do this? Answer go onto Google hangout and search for vInspired, send request to join their circle, once accepted you can watch from your computer and if you like what you see share it with your friends and others and if you like what you see, then it may vInspire you to get involved with them, or with volunteering.

Again 7.30pm, tune in and see what you think.

Diary of an Usher

25 Jul

Greetings everyone

As I’d mentioned previously that I would be away for a while, working at Pinewood Studios, as an Audience Usher I can now share with my experience and how totally awesome it was being at Pinewood Studios. Went down to Iver Heath on the Thursday and after getting my details sorted at the gate I found where I needed to go and met Mickey Beese, the Studio Manager for numerous programmes and for the one I would be helping out on; ‘Love Machine’. I met her other colleague Emma Kelly, the lady who had originally contacted me about runner vacancies that I was unsuccessful with, and others in the office. I was then given a tour of where I and the other ushers would be taking the audience to during the five days filming would commence, and whilst in the studio I met Neil again (one of the camera crew guys who I’d worked with on Embarrassing Bodies). I then got to meet the rest of the ushers and I learnt that some were newbies to this type of work, like me, and others who had worked as ushers on previous shows. Down in Slough and anywhere South the weather was perfect, no clouds and the sun shone practically everyday. Though I did get an enormous shock during my time at Pinewood; I had heard from Mickey and another usher that a well-known actress was at Pinewood working on a film and I thought when I heard that that I wouldn’e see her. Well, on Friday I was so wrong; whilst I was at my dissignated spot for escorting people to the studio numerous buggies were going by and one in particular had tinted screens down and I saw the silhouette of the person mentioned. At first I wasn’t 100% sure it was her, second time I became 75%sure and on the third time the tinted plastic shades were up and it was confirmed. Unfortunately, like the official secrets act I cannot reveal the name, though if you want to leave me your guesses feel free to.

Although the role of an usher is escorting audience members to and from the car park to the studio, marquee and anywhere else, liasing with staff and security, ensuring there are no problems, observing everything and anything that happens I really did enjoy my time. In a way the role was like an immigration officer (and the role came with a neon jacket and walkie talkie head set) I will confess that I had never considered ushering as another way of gaining experience within TV and Films I will when offered more opportunities I will say yes without a hesitation.

I will also say that having a simple conversation with others who work at the studio can be immensely helpful. This I especially learned when talking to the security guards who parted some very sound advice, and I hope I have remembered their names of the guys I spoke to; Jon, Darren/ Louis, James and Alex. Watching the show was really interesting some of the people who featured in the upcoming series when it will be aired I do not know, though I, the rest of the crew and the different audiences did get a laugh out of Chris Moyles and Stacey Solomon during the five days the were filming.

When my time came to an end with Pinewood I was sad becasue I had really enjoyed myself and I a great time working at the studio. Before leaving to head home to the East Midlands, I said my goodbyes to everyone I had worked with and seen during my time there and Mickey mentioned that if there are any future ushering opportunities that she will will let me know, as she would like to have me back. So that made my day, and I really hope that there are more ushering opportunites soon to come. Before I left, I sotred a few more things out and asked the very nice people in the reception to take my picture to show everyone my time being in Iver Heath.

Before I forget I need to say a thank you to Mickey, as one of the days I was working it was really hot, so I borrowed one of the Pinewood caps in the office and Mickey said to me that I could have it. I thought she met for the next day, oh no, have it to kep for good, which I thought was really kind off her. Another surprise was the guys at the reception saying I could keep my I.D and neck band. So I came away with a few souvenirs of my time and I really hope I get to go back really soon, hope you guys enjoy reading about my time at Pinewood. So I have now decided on other routes of getting into media, not solely as a runner, and with this keep my eyes peeled for other opportunities and will hopefully have more to share with you.

Work-shadowing in an Ideal World

4 Mar

This weekend has been a really busy one, first London, now my day, or rather my afternoon was dedicated to work shadowing a producer in Peterborough. The clue as to where in particular I did my work shadowing was at Ideal World. I met one of the producer, Antonia, who gave me a tour of the office before heading to a meeting where the output for the rest of the day was discussed. When the meeting was finished I got a chance to meet more of the team, before getting a tour of the galleries 1 and 2, seeing the products that were going to be advertised and sold during the set time slots and being shown other areas in the building. 

I have said before and I’ll say it again, time goes by so fast when you are enjoying yourself, or doing something interesting. Most of the late afternoon was looking over the running order of the broadcast, and asking questions before going into the upstairs studio to watch the output go out on-air. Before all that, I did get the chance to meet some of the presenters: Nigel May and Howard Griffiths, and I must say that Howard was very pleasant when he met me, asking me about my background in the field of TV and Film and was interested in the work experience I’d done with Eastenders. 

The day work-shadowing ended on a high, and before leaving I thanked Antonia for letting me follow her all day and all I now have to do is wait to find out what happens now after shadowing at Ideal World.

As people constantly say watch this space x 

Fantastic Miss Radio Fox

1 Nov

I know I’m playing with the film title of Mr. Fox, but on this occassion it has to be said, as Liz and I have a newbie who started at Radio Fox on Sunday, and I have to admit that was a surprise for both us as we didn’t know about this. It felt good going back after about a week of being away and seeing all the new music we’ve got, I only hope we get LMFAO’s new track ‘I’m Sexy & I Know It’. If you haven’t heard it yet, go onto Youtube and listen. So instead of there jsut being me and Liz on the mic Hannah our newbie joined in, I also showed her how the system works for finding music and the enormous selection of vinyls and cds.

Because it was the Sunday before Halloween we decided to add in a few Halloween songs, both oldies and ones with a somewhat relation to. Whilst at Radio Fox I surprised Liz with a birthday cake and a toffee apple crumble as we both share the same birthday 1st November. So while on air cake was eaten and topics were discussed., and the two hours went by so fast. Though next week I won’t be radioing as I am filming an American football game in Staffordshire, which I really bumped up about, I just hope I don’t mess up and I get it right. Either way I’ll let you know

One woman show

4 Jul

What I mean by that is because Liz, my radio mentor, had this Sunday off I was in charge of the two hour show we do together, Sunday Sounds. It was exhausting going round two wards and getting back in time for the show. Because we were on auto-pilot I managed to put everything on manual use, all except the presenters mic, so for the first few seconds there was silence. Thankfully I clocked on why and just got on with the requests and other music I’d decided to play. It is hard to talk about anything on the radio when your alone in the studio. So I came away unscaved, and was greeted by comments from messages I got from other presenters saying well done. Lets see what happens next Sunday when Liz comes back.

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