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Waitress for family run cafe, only in its first year the cafe has been awarded as one of London's 50 best coffee shops by the Evening Standard. And has been nominated by Time Out as the best cafe in South East London.
I worked under the guidance of Roya Fraser as part of her freelancing job for the production company Kode Media ltd. The job was a music promo for 'Moonshine' by Laura Doggett, who is signed to the label Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd and has recently toured with John Newman. The day gave an insight into a working day of filming out of a studio. As the art assistant I checked off the rented prop stock that we were using for the day and helped arrange two of the main rooms being used for the shoot. One of which included forming a sunken cactus garden as a main feature and the other a basic structure in the attic of the house we were filming in, in such a way that light could be used effectively to create different shapes and shadows. This work experience confirmed the long hours for this type of work but also confirmed to me that I have the enthusiasm to counter that out and the creative elements of the job far out way the hours.
Silver service waitress for high end events in venues across London including V and A and British Museum. The variety of events demand an attentive and enthusiastic attitude to suit customers’ needs. The clients, venue and role are different at every shift; from serving canapés and talking to guests at small family parties to efficiently waiting on hundreds for multi-course dinners with complementing drinks. October 2014; I have been invited for extra training to join their bar team as a more advanced member of the team.
I joined the team as part of their yearly charity event, 'OMG, Cameras Everywhere'. 'OMG' is a summer camp for local London school children, each year they take on 20 of the most enthusiastic applications. The week is a whirl wind of excitement and tireless work for both the students and 'councillors'. I was a 'councillor' teaching the children in an active and involved way camera skills, art direction techniques and ideas. Other councillors were established art directors, film directors, prop and set designers, prop buyers and musicians. I learnt a lot from working and socialising with the team through out the week as well as the children. In the evenings there were long editing sessions so by Sunday there was a set of films to be proud of. Shown at Rich Mix cinema there was a mix of drama shorts, 10 second shorts, animation and music videos.
Programme staff teacher for, on average, 60 foreign students between the ages of 13 and 17, teaching regular lessons in music, sport, craft and English. This required constant teamwork skills to maintain high spirits and high levels of energy at these summer camps.
Internship with exhibition (and as I have learnt much more) company, Designersblock, based in Hoxton, has given me a broad knowledge of creative goings on, in and around London from Designer/Makers who come for meetings, private views and research based tasks. Understanding of sponsorship, how to build relationships with exhibitors, the best ways to keep yourself informed (always learning new names, websites/blogs, articles to read..) as well as more concrete skills in interviewing, social media and primary research.
I worked with Werk Studio as part of the 'TREE|HUB' project. Established for the London Design Festival 2013, the alternative pavilion or every child's dream 'tree house', was designed as a temporary space. A space for designers, artists and technologists to talk with members of the public in an intimate setting that encouraged conversation and debate. I was involved in the design and construction; preparing materials offsite, (of which were mostly locally sourced/donated) testing construction techniques and practicing build before on site. And then finally onsite ready for the festival crowds.
Whilst studying in London I have worked around the city flyering for cultural events happening at South Bank and Wellcome Collection. Although a very simple job, I logistically had to arrange the picking up of stock and timing of work myself and be responsible for reaching the targets set before finishing. Surveying I was also involved with surveying for partner companies, which always needs a determined approach with the often-reluctant general public at busy events.
I returned during Christmas 2012 to the same position and previously during school work experience in 2007. My duties during the months in the summer got more advanced. I was based with the print designers. I had the responsibility and trust to take office calls, organise post, do filing as well as meet clients, inspect cloth, finish products, over lock and pack high-end goods.
Worked as part of the weekend team for three years whilst studying. I was often pulled in for extra time, I could always secure extra hours in the school holidays because of my work ethic and relationship with the team. I worked across the store but mainly managed the stationary area of the branch. I learnt about shop layout/fixtures and fittings, stock, sales targets for large businesses.
Design is not just about making shiny end products, its everything before, this course taught me design thinking, how to be conceptual and key practical skills across the board.
Worked in all disciplines; Graphics, Fine Art, Photography, Fashion, 3D Making and then specialised in 3D Making for my final major project.
A Levels advanced my academic skills and confirmed my passion for a career in design.
G.C.S.E's achieved 10 A* - B grades