(This is a guest post by Jordan LeBon, a contractor who has been working for us recently)
Leaving London’s hustle and bustle, to return to a friendly scenic south coast village was an easy decision.
I’m Jordan a highly motivated visual creator and keen sports enthusiast.
At school I was always fascinated in capturing and sharing stories and experiences and always dreamed of being part of big productions like Star Wars, Top Gear or a motor racing series.
I got a position working for a production company based in London who worked with Top Gear and other big name TV shows and thought I was set, I enjoyed working there but slowly I realised the commute and the resulting unsociable hours was an issue.
I decided to become a freelancer & start my own production company here on the south coast. Easy right? With a lack of equipment and it being an ever evolving industry, I quickly discovered this was not so simple… so I picked up some work with a promotional agency to bring in money to pay for equipment.
One afternoon I was leafleting (kind of like cold calling, but in person). In Hamble when I saw I sign for a multimedia communications company.
I knocked on the door as I was surprised to find an audio-video communications company so close to my home. I was welcomed by the team and was invited by Adrian the director for a chat and a cup of tea.
We spoke about what I was doing, what my career objectives were and how I could possibly help Focus and at the same time get an insight how they worked and on what sort of projects.
In just one month I have already been involved in many varied projects.
Today we have been live streaming a webinar which was fascinating to understand how and why multiple streams were being delivered (backup). I was also editing presentations and interviews from a scientific conference a Focus crew had filmed in Brussels a few days ago. I have also gained more insight into how promotional and informational videos are being produced.
Tomorrow I will be involved in the recording of a voice-over for two TV series soon to be broadcast in the UK.
The commute is much more reasonable although not without its own challenges.
What is very clear to me is that the work Focus does is very similar to what I was doing in a London AV production company. I had thought that I would need to be based in London to further my creative career.
I was wrong.
I’m learning a lot about AV production and its effective use in marketing and customer service. One advantage of working in a specialist communication agency is I am getting to see all elements of creative development from concept to delivery including strategy and client interface.