How It Started
What was your first ever job?
My first ever job was working as a sales assistant in a camera shop in Stevenage. I started when I was 16 years old, and besides being a good way to learn about all different types of cameras and lenses, it forced me to get better at talking to people - something I wasn’t very good at before.
What brought you to Sky and how long have you worked here?
In 2015, I was fortunate enough to earn a place on the Broadcast Production course at the National Film and Television School. It was an amazing year which I will always look back on fondly. As part of the course, we were invited to spend six weeks at Sky, getting experience first-hand in our chosen department. At the end of the course, I was offered a fixed-term contract as a junior camera operator, which eventually turned into a permanent staff job. Now, I’ve just passed my 5-year anniversary at Sky and have enjoyed it immensely.
Is your role the same now as the day you joined?
Largely speaking, my role is similar to when I started, although it has expanded somewhat. Since joining, I have learned to operate the jib, and have worked on many different shows over the last few years. I have also been given more and more opportunities to operate on bigger shows as I have gained experience, namely ‘The Russell Howard Hour’ and ‘Redknapp’s Big Night Out’.
What was your biggest professional challenge and what was your greatest achievement?
Prior to attending the NFTS and working at Sky, I worked as an Animator and Graphic Designer. Teaching myself the skills I needed for that on the fly was very challenging and to be honest when I started, I didn’t feel confident that I was anywhere near qualified. However, after some time I felt I had successfully learned the skills needed and I think I was quite good by the time I left.