You can move up without moving out
I was at BBC Creative for just under a year, working on BBC One and BBC Three, creating and editing promos, doing research and pitching campaign ideas. Initially I was super shy which isn’t like me at all. I think I was intimidated by the name and it being my first job right out of university. But as soon as I stepped through the door I knew it was the perfect environment for me to learn. The people I worked alongside were all lovely in understanding that I was new and helped me progress.
Financially I knew that I couldn’t move to London, and I didn’t want to end up spending what I was going to be earning on rent when I could be saving it for the future. So still to this day I commute from Brighton to London. I don’t feel any shame in saying that I still live with my parents; I just feel thankful that they don’t mind me sticking around even though I am hardly home anyway. The dream is to move to London but only when the time is right and I am settled. Don’t feel like you have to rush into things because everyone else is doing it.
There are no stupid questions
Never feel stupid asking how to do something. Sometimes I would feel so dumb for not knowing how to do the simplest of tasks but asking questions allowed me to help others and made me realise just how much editing is a craft. Every single person I asked was always kind enough to help me out. I owe a lot to the wonderful Milli; she always had time to show me the nooks of Avid which I had never used. People underestimate how long it can take to do an edit, so don’t feel bad asking for more time – especially if the work isn’t to the high standard you want and people are expecting you to turn around projects within an unrealistic amount of time.
One of the most humbling moments for me was when one of the creatives, Charlotte, remembered a project I did with my friends Paige and Katie at university about a group of roller skaters in Stratford (mym8skates), and asked me what I thought about using them for a BBC One ident for the Oneness campaign. I have never been so giddy in my life. For me the thrill was giving the skating group more of a platform. It felt like a little thank you for allowing us to use them for a uni project with no budget at all.
I owe a lot to all the production, post-production, design, motion and creative teams I had the pleasure of working beside at the BBC. I think they deserve a lot of recognition for the hard work they put in. Since then, I’m now dipping my toes into ad land and seeing where that takes me. But I’m remaining open to whatever comes my way – you never know till you try, right?
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