My story, Lauren Reeves
– Television Production

I always knew I wanted to do something in media, so after school I decided to go to college and do a BTEC National Diploma in Multimedia. I had fantastic teachers and the course helped me find something that I really wanted to do. We studied graphics, art and art history and so on but my favourite part was like a mini video production course. I loved that, it was my best thing. I realised that I was interested in making programmes and decided I wanted to be behind the camera and I wanted learn how television was made.

Before going to college I’d never considered going on to higher education, never even thought about it. None of my family had ever been to university and I thought it was more for people who wanted to be doctors and so on, but my tutor was really supportive and helped me find a suitable course. I applied to do a Foundation Degree in Television Production. After those two years I did an additional BA year and got a first class honours degree. I really wanted a good degree; I was determined and pulled out everything to get a first. The foundation degree and BA definitely equipped me with the skills I needed to work in television; I learnt how to work with people and manage the whole production process and I was lucky to have great tutors.

I’d done some part-time work with a production company while I was at college and by making a contact there helped me get my first professional job.

I left college on Friday and started working on the final series of Big Brother on Monday. This was ironic because I remember making a ‘Big Brother’ style programme for my final National Diploma project and here I was working on the real thing!

I then went on to work on Strictly Come Dancing before moving on to the Disney Channel. Work tends to come in the form of short contracts but I’ve only had four day’s break in employment since leaving college and I’m already booked up for work for the next few months.

 

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Obviously getting your first job to prove yourself is important and after that you tend to get work through word of mouth and personal recommendation; it's all about how you are with people. I don’t think I’m a naturally confident person or particularly good at selling myself but your self-confidence grows when you know people are recommending you. So I’ve learnt that if you want something, you have to badger them and keep on at people. No one is going to hand you something on a plate or give you a piggy-back, you’ve got to do it yourself and there’s thousands behind you wanting your job; there’s lots of competition. Believe in yourself and stick at it. If you put in the work, you’ll get the results.

Lauren Reeves studied at Amersham & Wycombe College for the Foundation Degree Television Production and BA(Hons) Television Production awarded by Bucks New University.