Assistant to Rob Aslett, Director at Avalon Management Group, (and also Exec-Producer on various ATV programmes). Looking after Rob and well-known, busy talent entails organising and keeping track of several diaries and finances. Amongst other responsibilities, I am the first point of contact for new projects coming in, and have learned to work efficiently and confidently in a fast-paced, creatively-charged environment.
Returned to Revolution Film the year after my first experience there. I helped with development research on an upcoming historical novel (true story) adaptation; research on The Trip to Spain; and general office and research tasks.
Usually worked alone and always proactively, learned very quickly about the theatre, film, TV and commercial industries. Good professional manner with both clients and casting directors, and maintained these relationships through an excellent work ethic. Communication skills and memory of tasks vastly improved, and threw myself into new tasks every day.
Spent lots of time on the phone with clients and engineers: booking appointments; scheduling jobs; building a rapport with both parties. Developed communication skills; proficiency in Excel and organisational skills.
At Revolution I read scripts of upcoming projects for which I was asked to provide my commentary and advice. I was told at the time that my comments were astute and helpful. This week improved my awareness of what goes forward to be a successful screenplay, as well as the dynamic of a working production office.
I did extensive research on different topics for upcoming features in the magazine. I learned to sort through years of articles, developing my deductive skills of useful vs. useless information, as well as learning to efficiently use newspaper archives.
The office was full of hardworking, fun people, so any tasks passed my way were completed with vigour, matching the working atmosphere. I archived reviews, sifted through upcoming auditionees, undertook general research, and sat in on final rehearsals of The Ladykillers at the Vaudeville Theatre. I learned about the backstage routine of a West End show, and often talked to the actors to find out about performing on such a large stage.
Included a 12 000 word dissertation entitled '"When the Fox Hears the Rabbit Scream": Fear, Fascination and the Psychopath in Post-War American Fiction'. I know what truly grabs an audience and both the content of my dissertation and my choice of topic proves this. I researched real-life cases of psychopaths and applied what I found to the novels I had chosen. Through this I evaluated the position of psychopaths in today's culture. It was an exciting dissertation that I can proudly say I never once lost interest in.
A-Level: A* in English Literature and 3 As in French, Spanish and Ancient History A in the EPQ (I wrote a historical short story requiring extensive and specific research into Australian history) GCSE: 7 A*s and 4 As