What do you like about working in London?
Living in London’s pretty full-on, but I think that’s what I like about it. It’s definitely an essential place for my line of work; if you didn’t live here you’d still be commuting in on a regular basis. Most of the main studios, agencies, post-production houses and TV channels have their HQs here, so you’re always in some part of the city.
How did you land your current job?
I gained my current position through a promotion, and landed my previous role through a promotion the year before. Viacom is extremely supportive of employee growth which is great. MTV is quite a unique voice in TV, so it definitely helps having spent previous years getting a grip on what audiences want and expect from the brand, in terms of content, humour and tone.
Where does the majority of your work take place?
A majority of my time is spent in the office, mostly in our creative department. Luckily, the Viacom offices are very relaxed and fun; there’s always weird and silly things going on, which makes work enjoyable rather than ever feeling like a chore.
There is a fair bit of time spent on my computer, editing can be a pretty demanding task, so it’s always good to move around the office, whether it’s brainstorming somewhere, or jotting down ideas in one of the communal areas.
With each promo we make, we also have to go to the sound studios to have voiceovers recorded, sound effects added and to have the whole piece mixed by an engineer. They’re mostly based in Soho, so it’s a nice excuse to get out and about. Then there are shoot days, which always vary. They could be done in a film studio, out on location around the country, or abroad (if we’re lucky).