A student from Edge Hill University hasn’t let her Tourette’s stand in the way of working towards her dream career in the television industry, she has in fact used it to her advantage.
Emilly Carter, 21, from Essex, has graduated today with first class degree in Television Production Management after excelling throughout her course.
“I found my course great, I absolutely loved it,” said Emilly. “It was exactly what I expected it to be and I loved it because I really enjoy the production management side of television.
“My Tourette’s has not affected my studying. I occasionally had to leave big lectures but I never fell behind. My lecturers were really supportive and made provisions for me, for example instead of doing a group debate I was able to do an individual presentation.”
Emilly’s love of music and singing really helps her Tourette’s as her tics lessen when listening to music and go completely when singing. Her first taste of television was when she was 15 years old and she featured in a BBC3 programme called Tourettes Let Me Entertain You.
“Tourettes Let Me Entertain You was presented by Reggie Yates, and it followed myself and five others and focussed on our Tourette’s and how music helps us. I used to go on Tourette’s camps with the charity Tourette’s Action and a lady who used to work there heard me sing and put me forward for it.
“I was also on BBC3 recently on a Living Differently feature focussing on my Tourette’s, music and suppression. I was contacted by the production company who made it after they saw a Tourette’s Awareness Month video on Instagram.”
Every year, Emilly posts a video on Instagram during Tourette’s awareness month, which she will continue to do after she graduates. She is also currently working on a Channel 4 programme called Child Genius, and her main goal for the future is to become a Production Manager.
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