I am currently embarking upon a career change; finally into the film world after a decade working as CEO of my own leather goods brand, a role that has been highly creative and given me much varied experience (please see CV and covering letter for more details). I feel that I am better prepared than ever before to face the challenges of this industry, and I am looking to get started by working on productions as a Runner, Studio Assistant, Art Department, with the hope of progressing toward the eventual roles of Camera Assistant or Assistant Director, as directing my own self-penned comedy screenplays is my ultimate goal. In my early twenties I used to watch hundreds of Art Films like Cocteau in the Uni library where I was studying Fine Art at the time, but it somehow felt that film was something other people did, not me, so I think the reason I haven't pursued it earlier was a confidence reason above all, the wall was too high for me to grasp at that time, so I went into painting, then founded my own leather accessories brand with a £5,000 grant from the Arts Council in 2008 aged 26. If I had gone into it sooner I don't think I would have the unique voice, point of view and life experience which I feel I now possess in abundance to be able to make films that hopefully audiences would feel have meaning and that have a right to be in the ether. In the last year I have been consciously developing my voice and ideas as a director, and have penned a comedy screenplay with that in mind. I feel that any experience in the industry, no matter what position you think I'd be suitable for would be the perfect way to put all those transferrable skills I’ve gained over the years into a film and storytelling specific position, a field I’m beyond passionate about. Whilst I might not yet have direct experience of working in a film set, I am so passionate and knowledgable about the film and television industry and want to make my foray into it as soon as I can now that I’m finally available to it full time after running my brand. I’m confident I could step into a role in the industry and fully immerse myself into it with the insight, passion and drive vital to quickly become an indispensable member of your team, building relationships with people with professionalism and warmth. To describe myself; I am warm, friendly, non-judgemental, positive, confident and out going, diligent with a keen eye for detail, diplomatic, great with people and love working in a team as well as happy to work independently. I particularly enjoy problem solving, coming up with solutions in a swift and calm manner, and making sure the overall project at hand is running smoothly. I’m able to see the details and overall needs of a project at the same time. I am also quite the geek, and have a forensic eye for detail. Having managed two employees for my own company, I’m well versed in keeping a team happy and working at their best, so could be relied on to keep peoples spirits up on long days shooting.
Gabby is a close personal friend, from the age of 11 to 18 I did Art at school, eventually doing GCSE and A-Level under her tutelage, then going on to do talks for Sheffield High School after I finished High School as an Alumni to encourage 14 year olds to take Art for GCSE, and 16 year olds to take Art for A-Level, as I had my own leather goods business for a decade, I along with many other business people did talks about the Applications of Art in the Career world after school to spark students imaginations.
Catherine gave me a glowing reference for my months hard labour working around the clock at Matthew Williamson in the lead up to his AW/05 collection at LFW, and in preparation for his 15 year Moet & Chandon Tribute at Billingsgate Market in 2005.