C4 Trainee scheme (Hazaar for schemes)
Trainee Production Assistant at Bandung Productions
My knowledge of TV production was limited, so I didn’t have clear expectations. Was initially disappointed by the lack of formal/organised training, but raised the issue and that soon changed. First lesson, speak up for yourself.
The jargon. I learnt to ask questions at a very early stage. Don’t pretend you know what BITC means – ask!
Preparation is key – plan for every eventuality.
You need a range of styles to communicate/deal with a range of people. It’s not about selling yourself out, stay true to yourself, but be aware that people are individuals so it’s not one size fits all.
Line producing my first drama. I was totally green and it was probably the steepest learning curve of my career. It was a tough experience but a reminder that sometimes you’ve got to put yourself outside of your comfort zone. No pain, no gain!