How would you describe your role at The Academy?
I work as part of the production team, creating anything from set-based commercials, documentary pieces, event films, filmed podcasts, vox-pop interviews, stop-motion films, animations and GIFs. I’m constantly on my toes, exploring all areas of production and sharpening my filmmaking tool kit. It’s an incredibly exciting role, particularly for someone at the early stages of their career. Each job brings with it new challenges, which I welcome enthusiastically. I consciously aim to learn something new on each project. The technologies that I can discover, people I can meet, places I can visit and lessons that I can apply to my personal work help me grow as a filmmaker.
How did you land your current job?
By making a good impression during my work placement, as well as having little embarrassment around failing. I would always pitch ideas, voice opinions and make suggestions – basically expressing any thought that I considered valid. I was also proactive in making my own film work. The Academy looked after a fruit-bar brand at the time and I had been helping myself to about 50 a day after discovering London food market prices. One night, I took home more packs than usual. I then recycled the cardboard packets into origami fruit figures of the bars’ ingredients, and made a short stop-motion film showing how I did so. The agency loved it; the client used it and my placement became a paid internship, which ultimately led to the job.