Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Calling London

As those who know me well have probably heard by now, due to this happening, I have decided now is my chance to move to London. It's been something I've wanted to do for years and I'm seeing this as my big chance.

Now, one option I have been looking into is an internal transfer of my job to a London store, but at this time of year, it is proving to be virtually impossible. As there is just under 2 months left before the store I'm at closes, I'm now doubling... no... quadrupling... no... infinitying (is that a word? It is now. Shut up) my efforts to get a job in London in January so that I can sort out somewhere to live, which is why I am writing this, as I am hoping that all of the lovely people who know me have been passing the link to this post on so that anybody who would like to employ me, or find me some employment can get in touch.

Anyway, allow me to tell you a bit about myself...

My name is Will, I'm 26 and most of my working experience has been retail-based. It's something I don't mind doing, but the more varied the work is in such environments, the better. I have worked for quite a few well-known retailers over the years and I'll be happy to discuss names/dates/duties etc. with anyone who wishes to get in touch.

On a different note from my retail-based experiences, I completed college courses in Media Studies (A-level), Performing Arts (BTEC ND) and Theatre (HND). These 3 courses have given me a huge understanding and knowledge in several areas and it is a career in any related professions that I am really looking for in the long run.

My Media Studies course gave me valuable experience in film-making from various practical angles such as writing, storyboarding, directing, filming, continuity, acting on camera and editing. I was also taught how to analyse and break down various media, including - but not limited to - films, TV programmes and advertising.

The Performing Arts and Theatre courses gave me valuable experience and knowledge of every aspect of performing. We put on all kinds of shows, ranging from pantomimes, musicals, farce and themed variety nights to name a few. We also looked into and frequently carried out behind-the-scenes and front-of-house practises. When the college theatre was equipped with a new lighting system, I became the first student to be taught how to use it as I was the Lighting Director for the next production (A Christmas Carol). I was guided through this process by a highly experienced technician who had done freelance work in Theatre and TV. As a result of this experience, I went on to do the same for further college shows during my remaining time as a student. I also took charge of the lighting for a children's theatre group's show that took place in the college theatre and after completing the course, I returned to light a further show.

The experience I gained from these courses has helped me to secure work in the past, as for 2 years, I was a voluntary Broadcast Assistant for a local independent radio station. My work here mainly involved the live Saturday afternoon sports programme and ranged from researching material, creating instrumental beds, to editing reports, usually within an extremely tight time scale. Although I was mainly studio-based, I did work on outside broadcasts.

Further to the above, I have also written material for the BBC 7 (now BBC Radio 4 Extra) topical comedy programme "Newsjack". I submitted several pieces, including full sketches and one-liners. Several pieces did get recorded and one sketch made it to air, for which I received payment and a writer's credit. This episode was also selected as part of a small repeat run later that year.

So, if you think you might have a suitable London-based position for me starting in January, or you know someone who might do, then please get in touch, either by contacting me on Twitter, or by emailing me at (Email address removed - no-longer required)

Thank you for reading. Please pass this on to as many people as you can.

Thank you again!

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