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Ten questions for ten creatives
- What do you do for a living?
I help run a company called Calling the Shots; we organise and run creative media workshops and residential camps for young people as well as producing films for broadcasters, NGOs, charities and the odd corporate client.
- What was the path that led you to do what you do now?
I got a job as a runner in an editing company and then learnt from others how to make films and edit them. Eventually I convinced people to pay me for it! I worked for the BBC as a director of documentaries for a couple of years and got really interested in ‘user-generated content’ (YouTube basically, though before that was invented!). I left to form Calling the Shots with an aim to try and widen media democracy (see advice to a younger me below!).
- What did you want to be when you were at school?
A cricketer, a map maker and then an actor.
- What one piece of advice would you give your younger self?
You’re OK as you are, don’t worry too much.
- What do you like my most about your job?
I have a lot of say in what I do, when I work and who I work with. I know, amazing right?
- What do you find most challenging?
Sometimes it’s hard to get into a purely creative space, oh, and networking. That’s tough too.
- What’s your favourite song (at the moment)?
I like ‘Two Wooden Spoons’ by This Is The Kit.
- If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I’m fine here. Maybe my Mum’s?
- Name three things that you always take with you to work on an average day.
Bicycle pump, reading glasses (unfortunately), my Jam (the band) mug.
- Tell us a joke or a secret.
A woman goes into a Vets and says, “I’m really worried about Jeff, my dog”. The Vet picks the dog up and after a bit says, “I’m really sorry, but I’m going to have to put Jeff down”. The woman starts to cry “Oh my God! Why? Is it a brain tumour?” ” It’s not that, he’s just a bit heavy” says the Vet.