In this role I produce and direct commercials, sponsorship idents, branded content and ad-funded programmes. I manage projects from brief through to delivery, working across multiple platforms including location and studio shoots and animation/GFX. My weekly tasks include liaising with clients and agencies; budgeting and scheduling (often working to tight time and/or budget restrictions); hiring and managing crew; casting; researching contributors; coordinating location and tech recces; compiling call sheets; completing risk assessments; and training/managing junior members of the team. I also head up the social media team to create engaging content for STV’s Facebook and Twitter pages. I am well informed in compliance, legal and health & safety matters.
I run a successful live music and club night in Glasgow called MILK. I am responsible for booking bands and DJs and overseeing branding, promotion, and press. The events have received extensive press attention and regularly sell out.
Muckle Hen is an Edinburgh-based independent production company specialising in commercials, high end corporate and education films, music promos and animation. My main role was to oversee projects from start to finish to ensure efficiency and client satisfaction. Weekly tasks included budgeting/scheduling, booking crew, finding suitable locations and contributors, complining call sheets and overseeing live action and animation projects. I also worked to convert more jobs by writing lengthy tenders and attending pitches with the Head Producer, looked after the company’s social media sites and wrote the monthly newsletter.
After leaving university I negotiated a competitive interview process to gain this position dealing with online and print marketing for the Tolbooth arts and music venue in Stirling. I initiated an online blog for the venue and updated it regularly with interviews with visiting musicians. I encouraged as much press coverage as possible for events and wrote/edited the quarterly brochure.
Freelance contributor to the weekly music supplement Something for the Weekend. My role was to come up with new ideas for music features, conduct interviews with bands and review shows in Glasgow and Edinburgh. I was part of the team covering T in the Park festival two years running. I also completed various news features for the main paper, including a three-page undercover investigation on binge drinking.
I was a regular contributor to the property and features supplements, which involved researching, pitching and developing ideas, interviewing contributors, writing reviews and compiling style articles and product guides. I had several full-length features commissioned for the weekend magazine. During this time I was also fashion assistant, responsible for sourcing locations and designing props for photo shoots.