Inspired by the experience of appearing as a game show contestant, I pursued a career in broadcasting and digital production. Now a first class honours media graduate, I have earned credits on television productions for IMG Media and Twofour. My client-facing roles in the digital sector include managing video, website and app development projects, plus online marketing, SEO and content creation.
SEO Project Manager
In my prior role, I managed a portfolio of clients at fifty6, a digital marketing agency in Sussex. Working chiefly with e-commerce businesses, I was responsible for optimising websites to maximise organic search traffic and conversation rate. Techniques included technical SEO, search engine friendly copywriting, digital content creation, and infographic design. Clients beat eBay and Amazon to the top organic position for hundreds of Google searches. For more information, view the case studies on the company website. I have also been responsible for managing clients' social media accounts, interacting with followers and fans.
Previously, I was tasked with managing digital projects at Brighton-based production company AVT Connect. The role involved overseeing video productions, website design and app development. I was clients' first point of contact, from initial pitch through to delivery of the finished project. Responsibilities included preparing production paperwork – budgets, proposals, call sheets, risk assessments, edit schedules, and so on. I also booked internal and external resources – from camera kit, lighting and edit suites, to freelance production crew, editors and actors.
I have logged coverage of eight sports tournaments for IMG Media. Working on live snooker, tennis and darts coverage, I have recorded match scores versus timecodes to facilitate production of hundreds of hours of highlights coverage. I also log cutaways and commentary quips to help producers with fast-turnaround edits including end of tournament reviews. Logging match statistics by hand (e.g., missed darts at doubles) has helped with overcoming technical problems, as well as providing useful tidbits and insights for commentators.
The Sky Atlantic seriesUrban Secrets uncovered hidden stories from Britain's most famous cities. I was employed as a local runner for the programme's two day shoot in my nearby city of Brighton. Once on set, the role evolved to include the responsibilities of camera assistant. One camera operator followed presenter Alan Cumming, while I assisted the second camera operator who captured GVs, cutaways and supplementary footage. My tasks included providing hands-on support (a.k.a. carrying the tripod!), rigging lights and managing tapeless rushes. Local knowledge enabled me to recommend locations and shots to portray the character of Brighton.
I cut my teeth in television as a runner on four series of live outside broadcasts for IMG Media. These include three years at the Lakeside World Darts Championships, including 2010 when the entire site was buried beneath six inches of snow. I also worked on the 2009 World Snooker Championship. Highlights included sourcing a tartan rug for 'old man' Steve Davis, and helping a Dutch snooker magician whose illusions were lost by his airline!
Corporate & Print
Working on single- and multi-camera location shoots, I've been involved in a number of corporate video productions. I am experienced and comfortable with Sony Z1 and EX-3 video cameras and Canon 5D and 7D DSLRs. Projects range from internal use videos of conferences and symposia to a live awards ceremony mix.
I have rigged microphones and operated mixing desks for a number of corporate productions, including with Media2u. Projects including a dance lesson DVD conducted by professionals from Strictly Come Dancing, two promotional videos for schools in the South East, as well as internal use videos of speakers at conferences.
Working with CloseUp Productions I have transcribed more than 200 interviews with A-list celebrities. I was solely responsible for delivering time-critical sub-edited documents to promote film and television releases. Projects included the sixth season of Mad Men and the blockbuster movies Les Misérables and Skyfall.
In Spring 2011, I was one of six students to gain a place on Sky's undergraduate training scheme. This was based at their studios in Osterley – home to everything from Sky News to Soccer AM. The goal of my placement was to shadow crew members and learn the ropes of tapeless broadcast production. I received one-to-one guidance and tuition in a range of technical disciplines. These included sound supervision on Sky Sports News, vision mixing on Sky Arts' The Book Show, and jib camera operation on live La Liga football coverage.
University of Surrey
1st Class Honours
B.Sc. (Hons) in Media Production
Central Sussex College
A, A, B
A2-Levels – Computing, Media Studies, Mathematics
AS-Levels – Film Studies, Physics
Oathall Community College
A* – B
GCSEs × 10 – including English, Mathematics and Double Science Award