Started from the bottom, now we’re here. Sure, ‘here’ is not the final destination. Far more of a landmark as we navigate across the city of life. We’re always evolving, learning, growing – in our careers, our lives, ourSELVES. And that’s the way it should be.
But one thing’s for sure: we’ve all learnt A LOT since we delicately dipped our toes into the wonderful world of advertising, TV and film - and we don’t just mean in a career capacity.
This International Women’s Day, we wanted to lean on our life experiences to give something back - to offer some useful advice to those who might be at the edge, about to jump in at the deep end.
Here’s one thing we wish we could tell our younger selves:
“Do what makes you happy and don’t judge yourself too harshly in photos.”
Nswana Shilela-Nelson – General Manager
“Be a ‘yes’ person. Saying yes to different opportunities might take you down a pathway you didn’t even know existed.”
Hannah Barnes - PR Manager
“Respect and listen to everyone, just remember to be selective about which advice and guidance you follow.”
Jenna Le Noury – Executive Producer
“Throw yourself into all opportunities, no matter how daunting. Everyone starts somewhere but challenging yourself outside of your comfort zone will help you grow.”
Rosanne Crisp – Senior Producer
"It's okay to get stressed and anxious, but don't let it become overpowering. Is it actually a 'life or death' situation, or can it be rationalised?"
Jules Wileman – Colour Assist
“Surround yourself with strong women, but don’t feel like you always have to be one! It’s ok to express yourself in whichever way you need to. Strength comes across in all kinds of emotions.”
Kirsty Murray – Executive Producer
“Have faith in your own abilities and own your confidence. It’s a constant learning curve, so don’t be too hard on yourself – you will get there!”
Lia Jacobs – Trainee Scheduler
“Always ask questions; about how things work and why things work. As women, we can sometimes be made to feel less knowledgeable than men - especially when it comes to the more technical side of things. Everyone has to start somewhere and you won’t learn unless you ask questions!”
Hannah Whitehill - Producer
“Try to be the truest version of yourself you can possibly be, it is only a waste of your time otherwise.”
Maddie Godsill – Hospitality Manager
“Stay inquisitive, never doubt yourself and don’t compromise – high standards protect you from low quality experiences.”
Dale Heron - Freelance Producer
“Be a little more fearless. Take a chance, you have the grit and determination to be or do whatever you decide.”
Belinda Grew – Production Director
“Trust your instincts – your gut feeling will inevitably be right and will prove that the advice of others may not be as good as you’d hoped - or they’d promised.”
Sally Heath – Executive Director
"I had a tutor at university who said you can draw your way out of anything, weirdly he wasn’t wrong! I guess this can be applied to any form of creativity, but for me it will always be drawing."
Christine Peters – Lead Animator
"In a world full of people, you may feel alone, down, frustrated - but you are brave, stronger than you believe!"
Elena Enachescu – Accountant
“Don’t force a situation, know your limits on what you can control.”
Siobhan Leonard – Head Of Scheduling