How collaborative is your role?
I work with every member of the Lord Whitney team at some point on a job, but mainly my role sits alongside Bek or Amy, then Rufus and other set builders. Externally , if I am the lead, I work with producers, set builders – lots of different people. At Lord Whitney it is definitely a team effort. We are a tight-knit unit.
Does your job allow for a good work-life balance?
Yes, but I think that is because we are based in Leeds. We can afford to not have a big job on for a month, and take some time to restock and recoup.
What has been the most exciting project of the last twelve months?
We did Primark's Christmas campaign and the crew working on the job were amazing. We all worked together as a team, whereas some jobs it can feel very 'us and them'. We always joke about the different departments eating on separate tables at lunch on a shoot, like in a school dining hall. Art department aren't allowed to hang out with the cool kids.
What skills are essential to your job?
Like most creative jobs, knowing how to use Adobe programmes is essential. Also a general knowledge of different materials for building. In this role you have to be constantly learning and experimenting with new materials and techniques. Also, not taking your self too seriously!
What tools do you use most for your work?
My MacBook, multiple notebooks, Trello, and the physical tools used on set are endless (I’m a dab-hand with a glue gun!)