Jo Ashman, Class of 2002 | Freelance TV Producer/Director

JoAshman-pic1It seems almost unbelievable to me, that’s it’s been around 15 years since I graduated from Lincoln. 15 years was once an impossibly long time frame, and being 35 … well let’s face it, who wants to think about being in their mid-thirties when they’ve just graduated?!  Well I can honestly say, now I’m here, I’m loving it.  I’m currently a freelance producer / director, based in Bristol, doing the job of my dreams.

I just about scraped a 2:1 degree, BA (Hons) in Media Production.  We were the first graduates to do the course and have University of Lincoln on our certificates. I knew it would be tough to break into the industry, and I think I sent my CV to almost any company I could find.  In those early months I did my fair share of work experience and runner jobs, just to get any experience under my belt.  But for me, I desperately wanted to go into wildlife filmmaking, and to do that was going to be even harder.  Several conversations had left me under no illusions that the only people who were successful in this field, were those with a scientific degree, not media…   I was getting frustrated and despondent by the whole system, so when a friend called to say he was going to trek to Everest Base Camp, I jumped at the chance to join him, and spent the next few months travelling across Central Asia and Russia.  I’d recommend time out travelling alone or with friends to anyone, it certainly gave me the time to really evaluate what I wanted.  Strangely it also taught me to trust my instincts, and that’s something I still completely rely on in my job today, particularly in stressful filming situations. Continue reading

Alumni at Standby Productions | Vote! Talk of Manchester Award

Chloe-Ward_Grad2014 Graduate Chloe Ward is a Producer at Standby Productions. She has good news on the indie, set up by 2005 alumnus Simon Owen, and it needs your vote to clinch a business award:  We’ve been nominated for a Talk of Manchester Award, under the category of ‘Best Video Production Co.’ The award is decided based upon public votes and voting closes THIS Friday. We’d really appreciate it if you could share our news and VOTE!

Standby in category 14 Best Video Production Co. | Vote: www.surveymonkey.com

We’ve created a campaign film for our nomination in the TOM awards to spread the word and gain crucial votes – we jumped at the chance to do something different. We shot the cheesiest and most sarcastic film we could and it came out beautifully!
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