Course: Television Programme Operations
Year of Graduation: 1993
Andi Osho studied Television Programme Operations at Ravensbourne, completing the Higher National Diploma in 1993. She went on to establish a career as an actor, writer and award-winning stand-up comedian. She has appeared in a variety of programmes from Mock the Week to Waking the Dead, and given performances as a stand-up comedian at Reading Festival, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Live at The Apollo and many more.
Andi has been equally successful as a writer. Her comedy horror short, Twin Things, was recently broadcast on Sky Arts; she wrote and starred in her own E4 sketch show pilot, The Andi O Show; and her triple award-winning short film, Brit.i.am, has screened at film festivals around the world.
She was awarded the title of Honorary Fellow at our 2018 graduation ceremony, in recognition of her assorted achievements. Speaking to graduating students at the ceremony, Andi shared some of her favourite quotes:
“Don’t worry, be happy.”
– Bobby McFerrin
I studied programme operations in 1993... Don’t try to work out my age. The directors among you just need to know my casting age is 28. Just remember, 28. That’s right, I went to Ravensbourne when I was 5.
After Ravensbourne I had a great career in post-production and broadcast and worked for an online start up for ten years. But something was missing. I’d always had this desire to perform.
Now, I’m not telling you to give up your chosen professions and join the circus. What I’m really getting at is, do what makes you happy. Whether other people get it or not, just do what works for you because ultimately it’s only you that’s going to live your life.
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”
– Albert Einstein
You are so fortunate to have studied at Ravensbourne and you will be surprised at when and how the knowledge you’ve acquired will serve you. Sometimes I lay out my cables at home in a figure of eight just for old times sake.
Even when sat behind a desk on Mock The Week, what I learned here was invaluable. I knew what everyone around me was doing, I knew what all the kit was for and I knew to turn my microphone off when I went to the toilet.
Now take a moment to look to your left and right. These are going to be your peers – forever. You’re like, really, even him? Yeah.
My class recently met up and it was amazing. Obviously I didn’t go. Why would I want to hang out with those jokers? I’m kidding. I live in LA and I think the last bus would have left me a little bit stranded.
Often, when we’re trying to make it in this industry we obsess about networking, but never forget your peers and the difference you can make to their careers and them to yours.
Network laterally. Stay connected with your buddies – across all disciples. Make films together, hire each other, advise each other, take care of each other.
“If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far go together.”
– African Proverb
And work hard. We often think of successful people as lucky but luck is just the place where opportunity and preparation intersect. People say you can be and have anything you want, but that’s only true if you work hard.
“Bite down, bite down, it was crunch time. Yeah I skip all of them b*tches in the lunch line. I put in work, now I’m here at the front line.”
– Theresa May
It was Cardi B actually, but they have very similar ideas.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”
– Henry Ford
It’s your choice. Nothing is impossible unless you say it is. You’ve got people making feature films with iPhones and designers making dresses out of garbage – nothing is impossible.
“If your dream doesn’t involve other people it’s not big enough.”
– Ava DuVernay
That doesn’t mean you have to change the world, just your corner of it.
“Either do or do not do. There is no try.”
And on that note of making shit happen, you are the future of your industry. Conversations on diversity are endless, sometimes tedious even.
It’s time for action and as the future of the industry, it’s on your shoulders to ensure that representation and inclusion continues, not just around race and gender but sexual orientation, disability, social and religious groups, age, and so much more.
Do what you can to have our media reflect the way the world and society truly is, let people feel seen.
Remember this when you hire people, when you mentor people, when you create, when you watch content and when you make it. In fact, whenever you interact and impact the arts, think about what you can do to progress us, because media shapes society.
“You have a responsibility to make inclusion a daily thought, so we can get rid of the word ‘inclusion’.”
– Theodore Melfi, Director of Hidden Figures
One final thought, try not to get so obsessed with an end goal that you forget to just live your life. It’s easy to lose touch with the present moment because you’re so intent on achieving a goal and even when you get there, you’ve already set another target and you go racing after that. Like a triathlete that keeps adding one more discipline to the end of the race.
You have graduated from one of the best design and media universities in the world. You’ve already won. Everything else is icing on the cake. You are embarking on an amazing journey. At times it will seem tough, unachievable and pointless but in a moment it can transform into something great and unexpected.
Whilst heading to your destination, never lose sight of the fact that as human beings, our ultimate goal should always be joy. Experiencing it and giving it.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou
I don’t have a tenth quote because that’s you. You are the tenth quote, the wise words and the ambassador for this institution, you are the inspired thought of a place called Ravensbourne. You are brilliant, you are great, so go out there and change the world.