What were your first jobs?
After uni I worked for a charity where you stop people to sign stuff (and quit after two days), I worked in a call centre, in retail, in clubs, pubs, as a waiter in silver service. All those jobs were extremely boring and quite laborious but I really liked those environments because they left space to daydream, and in some ways, I think it’s where a lot of my ideas come from – taking the boring aspects of an environment and making it look like fantasy.
When I started assisting, I learned a lot of stuff that I wouldn’t have thought necessary to directing – like how to produce, speak to people, how to talk to clients, how not to talk to clients, how to treat a team, encourage people, prep and edit, export sound and sync video. I think everyone should assist, in any vocation, because you really get to see the real day in, day out stuff – when it’s not busy, what office politics are like. It’s good to be prepared for those things.
I’m someone that learns much better on the job. I think if you’re doing it by yourself, you don’t really value how important the details are until you’re on a high-value job and you realise how many things are at stake.
What’s been your biggest challenge so far?
I guess delegating and getting the right crew in. The more people you take on, the more people you’re responsible for. I’m quite maternal and I really like to take care of my crew, have barbecues with them, travel and have holidays together.