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Sharlayne Flanders

Course Studied: Production

Year of Graduation: 2013

Someone at the BBC advised me to apply to Ravensbourne. I remember he had nothing but good things to say about the Ravensbourne alumni he had met and I applied because Ravensbourne is renowned for world-class practical courses that provide industry standard training by industry professionals.

When I was a runner with not much experience, having Ravensbourne on my CV gave me a boost. Employers appreciate that Ravensbourne alumni are credible workers with a wider understanding of the media industry. Funnily enough, one of my goals when I was a student was to work for Simon Cowell and because of the connections at Ravensbourne, and some hard work on my part, it’s something that was quickly made a reality.

One of the best experiences of my life was working at the London 2012 Olympics for OBS! It was exceptional – something I am really proud of and will never forget. I got other opportunities to work while studying too: I was a stand-in for the BAFTAs and for several gameshows. There were countless chances to get involved with productions as work experience and this was my first step into the world of TV. Studying here allowed me to work with the same technology and equipment that is used in the industry and get hands-on practical experience as opposed to theorising and producing lots of written work.

I haven’t stopped working since my first TV job as a stand-in on Simon Cowell’s gameshow Red or Black. I networked my butt off! I’m now a freelance Assistant Producer/Casting Producer but I’m also the founder of Project Noir, an art collective dedicated to the inclusion of creatives from Black and Asian heritage in the arts. We have over 2,000 people in our network and are still growing!

Get involved in as much as you can at Ravensbourne. There are so many opportunities to collaborate on projects and get experience with other students. And keep in touch – you never know who will be doing what once you graduate!

Amazing things happen here