Since leaving Lincoln and heading down to London, these past few months have been unbelievably busy! At the moment I have just taken on a contract as an Assistant Producer with Social Life, a social media agency based in London, founded by Ex Radio 1 social leads. Our clients include MTV UK, X Factor, First Dates, CBBC and Red Bull Media to name a few. My role involves a bit of everything as we are a start-up business! My average week will consist of meetings with clients, developing social media strategies, video editing, photography, planning the filming of gigs with our music clients, organising schedules for the press launches of TV shows and booking locations for events!
I progressed to the role after finishing my trainee scheme at Channel 4 as a freelance Social Networker alongside my degree. I started out editing video footage, contributing to client meetings and learning how to create content plans. As the company has grown I have progressed to project managing and creating social strategies for clients as well as having the opportunity to develop skills in live events!
Highlights of the job so far have been attending a premiere as a photographer and Assistant Producer for new CBBC show Danger Mouse at a swanky hotel in London last month and project managing a big event in Los Angeles for Red Bull, working with music client Elliphant to promote her new track release in a range of locations across Hollywood – We will be flying out in December!
In my spare time I am pursuing presenting! Over the summer between graduating and taking on my new job I volunteered at East London Station Hoxton Radio as a reporter.
I loved it so much that I decided to apply for a ‘Step into Presenting’ course with Bauer Academy and spent a weekend in the Magic Radio studio recording links. I now have a professional voice reel and I am going back in a couple of weeks to sit in on a Magic breakfast show!
I am loving the move to London and the opportunities it has bought to get stuck into Television. However you need to be on the ball 24/7 to constantly keep meeting people and furthering your skills, which is unfortunately really tiring and puts a lot of pressure on social/family/free time but nothing will beat the feeling of seeing something you’ve planned from scratch come to life!
I feel incredibly blessed to have had so many lovely and supportive people around me when I was at Lincoln. I’m really proud of my degree and all my friends and course mates who graduated last month. Lincoln is a really great place to study and all the staff have such a passion for what they do (which is probably why we are climbing the uni rankings quicker than Zayn left 1D…) Thanks for the pots of tea, supportive chats and for allowing Colin Reiners to share with me an alternative view of life!
I’d like to also say a special thanks to Katy Atkinson of The Reporters’ Academy, Manchester for being such a fantastic mentor over my second and third years at uni – not just for pushing me in front of the right people and boosting my confidence but for letting me nab her biscuits and teabags on various visits up to Manchester.
I’m coming back to the University on 11th November for the ‘Meet the Graduates’ networking event so please don’t be a stranger. Really enjoy meeting new people and catching up with old faces, so come along!