Business. As usual.

I really thought April 2012 was going to be a quiet month. Having only been freelance for┬áseven months so far I don’t have the full years worth of experience I would like in order to guage the busy and quiet periods. I guess it depends on your remit of work. In my industry of News and Politics, Christmas and New Year are busy. Mainly because so many people want the time away from the studios to be with their families. That means double-time freelance pay on certain days. It seems with Big Brother back on the cards, summers will be busy too (and I don’t mind that).

When Celebrity Big Brother ended in January I had no other work on the horizon. I did the odd day here and there with Sky News and continued on my search contacting studios and other companies. Bloomberg took me on as a contracted freelance Director for their Asia shows in January and I was keen to get my teeth into it all and learn their studio ways (as each place seems to have their own technical workings and language). I’d been doing that, but it still felt quiet.

Thankfully for me, an overnight Director with Bloomberg London had a baby on the cards. And the little one appeared at the beginning of April 2012. Joy and happiness all round. They start a family, I got over two weeks of freelance work.

With Big Brother seemingly on the cards till the end of 2014 I can’t help but have twiddling thumbs, waiting on the text/call/tweet/FaceBook-message asking if I am available. And I wouldn’t say no. I couldn’t say no. I dream of being in the Big Brother house! In fact not too long ago I had an actual dream of being in there and rushing into the previously-locked bedroom area and seriously debating at lightning speed which bed I would take (furthest from the toilet and the main door so less noise?) whilst making sure the other housemates weren’t going to steal the bed I wanted…

But for now, it’s Bloomberg for another week. Business. As usual.

BVE North 2011

It was a long drive to Manchester for this years BVE North expo. 205 miles to be exact. Taking place at the Manchester Central Arena, the expo is a gathering of products and services for broadcast, video and audio professionals.

For me, I was interested in three seminars;

  • How To Be A Successful Freelancer
  • Blackpool Tower 4D Case Study
  • Things A Studio Director Should Know

I was pleased I managed to attend. I learned a few things from the above seminars and I also managed to catch up with people I had heard of but never met. My first tweet of the morning was just to say I had arrived and realised that The Crewing Company were also in attendance. It wasn’t till the end of the day where we managed to meet up, but I am glad I did. Lovely people!