Dreams of working in television have become a reality for one of Edge Hill University’s graduates, who is enjoying the highs of working on shows like Desperate Scousewives.
Kelly Sillery, who studied Television Production Management at the University, is now a Production Co-ordinator at Splash Media.
The 23-year-old from Wigan, who graduated in July 2010, has always wanted to work within the film and TV industry and landed the exciting job at the production company through a contact she originally worked with on her work placement when she was at Edge Hill
She explained: “Having a great contacts base is so important in the jobs market within the industry, especially when you are first starting out, along with being good at your job. I didn’t get the Production Co-ordinator job straight away, I took runner jobs and continued to build my expertise and knowledge but my hard work has paid off and I’m getting to work on some fantastic projects
“We’ve been working on Desperate Scousewives recently, which is a new constructed reality show based in Liverpool and it’s great fun. All the team are new together and there is a real sense of accomplishment, that we are all working together to get a new show up and running. I think there will be mixed reactions from everyone about this show, with some who will hate it and others that will love it. I believe there will be more lovers than haters by the end.”
She added: “I love the fact that my job is in the industry that I have always wanted to work in, so I am very thankful for that. I also love meeting new people and also reconnections with people I have worked with in the past.
Kelly attributes her time at Edge Hill being a key factor in enabling her to find work within the field she loves the most.
“When I heard about the Television Production Management course at Edge Hill I was intrigued and once I was equipped with the knowledge of what the course entailed, I knew that it was for me,” explained Kelly. “It is the only one of its kind in the country, has strong links with the BBC and the work placements are brilliant. My placement allowed me to gain the ‘on the job’ experience and essentially helped me to secure a job when I graduated.
“It’s a tough industry to crack, but for anyone wanting to break into it, my tips would be to get as much experience as possible. Don’t be disheartened if you are not getting paid for it, or even if your outgoings to get there are higher than your incomings, as I promise it will all be worth it. Also, build up a strong contacts base. And you need to have passion and drive to work in this industry as it is long hours and very competitive. I believe that if you are passionate and hard-working enough you will get work.”