How would you describe your job?
I assist in all aspects of a production, from budgeting to arranging a film a shoot.
What does an average working day look like?
My journey takes 40 minutes on the train, then 10 minutes’ walk to the office. Every day is different and unpredictable – there are so many aspects that can change in a second; all of my time is spent making sure all projects I’m working on are running as smoothly as possible. The majority of my work takes place at my desk on my emails, or pacing around the office on the phone. If I could just be shooting every day I would, but every aspect is so important, I take each day as it comes. I think you have to have that attitude in this industry. Stress levels can be all over the place: sometimes they’re non-existent, sometimes they’re through the roof. Production never sleeps, except on the weekends, sometimes.
How did you land your current job?
I was interning at BBH [Bartle Bogle Hegarty], in my first production job. My time ran out there, and luckily one of my colleagues at the time had a contact at 18 Feet & Rising. I put the call in, spoke to some people and now I’m here.
How collaborative is your role?
70 percent of the time I’m assisting my producer, and 30 percent of the time I’m working on my assigned projects. To see the project from start to finish, I talk to a lot of people in a day – internally and externally. I’ve never had more fun than I have working in advertising, you meet so many amazing people who all come from different backgrounds. That’s in the pub as well as on the job!
What has been the most exciting project of the last twelve months?
On my very first day at 18 Feet I was on the shoot for the House of Fraser Christmas advert. It was a great experience as I’d never been on a shoot that big. The post-production process was extensive and there were a lot of people that needed to get paid. That really set the bar for me; it’s the kind of shoot I want to be working on in the future.
What skills are essential to your job?
Time management, initiative, patience.
What tools do you use most for your work?
A MacBook Pro, my phone, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Indesign, Adobe Acrobat and Outlook.