I think it’s important to take a year out sometimes to have some perspective and learn new things. During my time at ESC I became involved with the Students’ Union team. Then a new role for a Student Sabbatical Officer came up, which is essentially a gap year role.
Following my first love
Working with the stars
I am now at University, following my first love: film. I am studying Digital Film Production and work as a Lighting Technician. In March 2019 I got my first TV drama credit on Channel 4 for a new series called Home! I have worked on music videos for Rudimental, Adam French and KSI, and commercials for huge brands including Adidas, Sainsburys and Primark. A highlight of my career so far has been working on a short film with Jack Whitehall!
Director of Photography
After university I would like to continue working on film and commercials as a Director of Photography. It’s a really creative pathway and it means I can share my creative vision on a big platform, where everyone is seeing it on their screens and devices every day. I would also love to explore different cultures and use my film skills to create documentaries to help teach people across the world through the powerful medium that is film.
During my gap year, I learnt so much; I got involved with the local Labour party and was elected Youth Officer. I then campaigned to be the councillor for the Sovereign Ward. Not many young people get involved in Politics. I was really keen to link my role within Politics and getting students involved, to try and make a difference.
Pursuing the Student Sabbatical Officer role made me a lot more independent. It changed my pathway for the better because I have been able to explore what working life is like and interact with different people.