How did you balance your MSc in Environmental Management alongside your job?
I finished my MSc at the start of 2018, having worked on it part-time for the previous three years alongside working in film. It was quite a lot of work to do at times, but I balanced it with taking on shorter jobs and decent amounts of time out in-between, so that I could focus on my MSc. I also only took on assisting roles so that I could work on it during the evenings and weekends – you can’t always do this working as a production buyer or set decorator, as the roles require a higher level of responsibility overall and they can be harder to switch off from.
Are you currently working on any personal projects? If so, how do you manage your time alongside other work?
I’m working on a couple of personal projects at the moment. One of them is an extension of my MSc research, where I studied individuals and communities from all over the world who use waste materials as a building resource for their homes. I think there is great potential in connecting the waste materials that come out of the film industry with places where it can be reused – such as in building homes and interior design. I am also writing an illustrative book about these individuals and communities with the hope to make it a more accessible subject – aiming to have it ready to be published by early 2020 and available to buy from next summer.
The other project is a collaborative one. A few of us from across the departments are working together to establish the best course of action for bringing about change in the film industry, in terms of transitioning it into one that is environmentally responsible.
In terms of time management with side projects, when I’m on a job, that has to be my priority, along with sleeping, eating, general self care, seeing my friends, family and my super fluffy cat Meowser Bowser. Also, regularly writing a list of goals of what you would like to have finished or achieved helps too. It’s not always possible, but it does help to guide you and keep you on track to some degree.