A recent graduate from Edge Hill University has landed her dream job on the popular TV soap Hollyoaks.
Hana Diaa, from Liverpool, studied Television Production Management at Edge Hill and despite graduating in the middle of the covid-19 pandemic she has secured a position as prop store junior.
In her role, Hana creates all kinds of everyday objects to dress sets including phones, laptops, milk bottles and even fake cakes. She also ensures continuity is maintained by keeping track of which props appear in which scenes, vital to maintaining the realness of the show.
Hana said: “I’m so happy to be working on the Hollyoaks set. The show is iconic and I’m learning so much from the amazing team I work with.
“What I love is that I’m always on my feet, I’ve always got something to do and every day is different. One day I’m creating new props and dressing sets, the next I’ve got to pick up an enormous prop for a key scene. Its everything I wanted from a career in TV when I was studying for my degree.”
During her time at Edge Hill, Hana benefitted from a scheme run by LA Productions for BAME students which saw her working on the BBC film Anthony. Hana spent time on set learning more about how TV shows are made and the roles of different departments.
Hana also jumped at the opportunity to study in Hong Kong for a year learning more about how media, music and business are done internationally.
“Going to Hong Kong was the best decision I made and I would recommend to everyone to do a study abroad year if they have the option. It was incredible to be immersed in a different culture, making new friends and having new experiences. I learnt so much about myself and gained loads of confidence.”
About her degree, Hana said: “I feel like Edge Hill taught me what to expect when working in the TV industry. When I first started my job, I already knew about prop sheets and how to work on a set, so I hit the ground running.
“I just loved my time at Edge Hill. My lecturers were brilliant and so encouraging. I had so many opportunities, like studying abroad and making short films, that gave me a huge range of skills and helped me get where I am now.”
To help Hana get her job at Lime Pictures, her former tutor Perelandra Beedles offered some extra support and mentored her for the interview.
Programme Leader for Television Production Management Perelandra said: “My colleagues and I are always happy to help students and alumni reach their potential. In Hana’s case, her passion was clear to see and everyone in the department is really happy to see her succeed. Well done, Hana.”
Find out more about studying Film and Television by visiting the course page – www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/film-media-and-television