What’s your role at MultiStory?
What made you want to get into TV and how did you make that a reality?
I went to university in Leeds and studied Journalism and Broadcast TV production. I did my work experience at ITV News Calendar which is the local news for Yorkshire this led me to learn more about the TV side of things. From there I loved the idea of live news and live TV in general because of the buzz and the rush. I moved to London and started my TV journey in Post Production which led me to make contacts with the production teams working on the various shows that were in the edit. I was doing night shifts and a PM offered me a runner role on my first ever studio show so I jumped at the chance.
What’s the biggest hurdle you’ve had to overcome to get to where you are?
I was always set on the Editorial path ever since starting in TV but found myself doing Production roles during Covid and from then I realised I was more suited to Production roles. There were so many times when people asked me why I didn’t want to be in Production because they could see something in me that I couldn’t.
It is hard when you first start out deciding which area you enjoy more and which route you want to go down, especially as everyone always says you have to pick one. I am so lucky that everyone at MultiStory and ITV were so supportive and allowed me to have a go at both before settling on one. After Covid I went back to Editorial to try it once more and shortly realised it just wasn’t for me. I am now fully focused on my Production career and happy with where it’s taking me. Equally I am glad I still tried out editorial as I owed it to myself to at least give it a go and see if it was what I really wanted.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
As cheesy as it sounds I always told myself that I would make it to ITV and that’s where I wanted to be and the fact that it’s happened and I now work for a label within ITV is a really proud moment for me. Multistory is like a family and I am proud to be part of that family.
What was your biggest “pinch me’ moment?
There have been a few over the years. When I was a runner for Emma on The Voice I was eating my lunch in the dressing room corridor and Sir Tom Jones sang as he walked past to go to his dressing room. It was incredibly surreal and I was the only one sitting there to witness it!
Getting your first on screen credit is always a big one because you finally have your name at the end of a show. It’s almost like a badge of honour and it never really goes away. Each time you get a TV credit for a new role there is always a sense of pride.
Are there any big learning curves or disaster moments you can look back and laugh about now?
There have been many moments over the years but my biggest learning curve is to always stay calm. There will always be times where in the moment something can feel like a disaster but then you realise you’ll look back on it and possibly won’t even remember it and if you do it will be completely insignificant. Making TV is teamwork and I have realised that.
What are your favourite TV shows?
Everyone always laughs at me because I watch Come Dine with me everyday. After working on 9 series it has a special place in my heart and is like my comfort show.
Greys Anatomy is my go to, and once I finish all the series (currently 19) I go right back to the beginning and start it again. I also do that with Scandal, I highly recommend looking into Shonda Rhimes TV shows. She’s an incredible creator.