It was Ravensbourne's facilities, reputation and personal feel that made it the obvious choice for me. On top of that, the course itself was one of the only specialised courses in post production I could find. Having finished a college course in media production, editing was something I really wanted to focus on and Ravensbourne let me do that.
Despite focusing on post production and gaining a very thorough knowledge on the subject, I was also able to collaborate with students on other courses and pick up skills from them. I worked on a number of productions in different capacities while still focusing on my main priority: editing. This meant that by the time I left, I had great knowledge in the field of post production, but also a really strong foundational knowledge of all aspects of production. Being so close to London helped me gain work experience and employment opportunities within my chosen field, setting me up extremely well once I'd graduated.
My favourite time at Ravensbourne was actually in my first year during Ravensbourne Live — now The Ravensbourne Degree Show. It was the last year Ravensbourne was based in Chislehurst before relocating to North Greenwich and the plan was to run the whole show from a venue inside The O2. Unfortunately just days before the event, the venue had to close and the whole show needed to be replanned to take place on campus. The dedication of everyone was incredible and it was amazing to feel part of something so big. Everyone pulled together to make the show a huge success and it will always be one of my fondest memories, despite the lack of sleep at the time!
Ravensbourne rekindled my interest in production as well as, at the time, newer concepts such as live streaming. I started Ravensbourne wanting to be an editor for TV. During my time on the course and out in the industry, that desire changed slightly and by the end of my course I wanted to work on projects from concept to delivery. I became self-employed after graduating and worked on a few streaming and production projects for the university itself. A year later, I was working on a live streaming job I'd been recommended for by one of my peers at Ravensbourne and by complete chance, I was approached by the owner of another large live streaming company who recognised the Ravensbourne logo on the degree show t-shirt I was wearing. Ravensbourne’s reputation resulted in her approaching me to chat about my work. Seven years on and I still work with this company who were one of my first clients and helped me to build my business.
After graduating, I moved back home to Leicestershire where I continued freelancing, leading me to freelance at Bradwell Media – the studio responsible for producing video content for Argos. I produced product videos and then went on to produce hours of content for the Argos Digital Transformation project. I also continued working on live streams for the likes of Google and Social Media Week London.
In 2016, a friend and I won a joint contract and started our own business, Crosscut Media. We have been running for just over three years, producing high quality content for organisations across Europe. With a core team of three and a large network of freelancers, Crosscut Media strives to provide a high quality, personal service. Every day is completely different. As well as coming up with concepts, shooting and editing, my days are filled with day-to-day business activities — meeting new and existing clients and researching new technologies to help push our services further. Last week I was shooting high-end training films for a university, this week I'm catching up with invoices and emails. It's that constant change that really helps keep me engaged and ambitious to move forward.
My advice to prospective students would be to make the absolute most of everything Ravensbourne has to offer. It's not just about your course. Work with others, use equipment that other people may never have the opportunity to use and go out and get experience. A degree is a degree – it's the experience that you gain alongside that degree that will really set you apart.