As soon as I graduated from university, 11 years ago now, I moved straight to London to pursue a career in the media. The initial idea was to work in the film or music video industry, but also armed with a huge passion for illustration and animation I secured a job working at a motion graphics company, getting to work on tv promos and title sequences and a few music videos at the same time! This is where I started to develop my production skills, which carried me across to a soho commercial's production company, where I got chance to work with some very talented producers and directors and then into stills photography production, where I have been for 6 years working with some of the best advertising photographers working today. It's obvious to say that as a producer I enjoy organising and I am great at prioritising and problem solving and most of all enjoy a challenge, but my production and people skills have also proved pretty transferable over the years and I feel I can adapt my skills to a variety of positions, hopefully also bringing something fresh to the role too. Overall I am an approachable and friendly person and really thrive in being around groups of people, working off their passions and taking inspiration from their experience and ideas too. I take full advantage of living in London and the majority of my interests are art based; I love illustration, design, film, and photography and enjoy going to exhibitions, cinema, theatre and music events. Another huge passion of mine is that since 2005 I have been sub editor for London based music magazine Loud & Quiet. We started out as a small, hand printed enterprise and now the magazine has grown to be one of the most respected independent monthly music publications in the UK.
Burnham Niker represent 11 photographers and 3 illustrators and it is my role to establish, develop and continue their careers within the advertising industry through acquiring and retaining advertising commissions in the UK and Europe. I arrange and attend meetings with key creatives and art buyers at leading advertising agencies and design groups, as well as implementing marketing initiatives to promote Burnham Niker and our photographers. I manage and coordinate all aspects of the production required for the photographic shoots, which includes initial budgeting and negotiation of fees, supplier costs and any production contracts.
I organised and ensured the smooth running of all jobs that came through Loki. I was on set production manager on the majority of location shoots, negotiating deal’s for crew and kit, producing and maintaining shoot and post production schedules, budgets and managed the in house edit suites. Throughout my time at Loki I steadily increased my responsibilities by taking on account management for the majority of our direct clients and when required, the brands acquired through agency accounts. I also continued to work closely and successfully with our directors, assisting and supporting them throughout each production.
I managed a studio of creatives, which included illustrators, animators, directors and producers. I was the first point of contact for all clients and enquiries, dealing with all office admin, bookings and diary management. I worked on all projects that came through the studio assisting with design research, requesting, where required, approvals and sign offs on projects. I also worked as project manager and dealt with all project delivery on varying formats, as well as producing the majority of in house sound design and editing on the Final Cut Pro edit suite.
During my final months at university I supported the Music Video Department for 2 days a week, over a period of 4 months, also covering any extra employee holiday. My responsibilities with Sony included general runner duties of dubbing tapes, booking bikes and office admin. This also included liaising with production companies, diary management, and organising schedules and call sheets for video shoots. I also had the opportunity to assist on shoots, stylist meetings and oversee and amend treatments for up and coming projects.
GCSE's & A Levels