Filming with GirlsTalkLondon

On the first Saturday of February 2015, history was made for a start-up organisation that is all about connecting women with Senior and leading women in competitive & male dominated industries. Girls Talk London filmed a new panel web series aimed … Continue reading

Immune to fangirling

“Fangirling”, (v)

1. the reaction a fangirl has to any mention or sighting of the object of her “affection”. These reactions include shortness of breath, highpitched noises, shaking etc. 

2. a gathering of two or more fangirls in which they proceed to waste endless amounts of time ogling, discussing/arguing, stalking, etc. the object of their “affection”. 

See also: 
fangirl” or “groupie

When you’re accosted by celebrities and famous faces on a daily basis, meeting Meryl Streep or Tom Jones suddenly becomes the norm.

Isn’t that a bizarre concept to the outside world?

Working in commercial radio has taught me that celebrity world can be so fickle and transient.

Spending another two weeks with what has to be the most brilliant Entertainment team in Soho has taught me a great deal more about the movie & music industries.

Starting my very first day at the launch of a popular BBC primetime singing contest was nerve-wracking as heck. I found myself at a rooftop bar of a swanky 5* hotel on the Southbank, shmoozing with other journalists sent to cover the same event.

We were hoarded in a screening room where the press were allowed to view the first episode of the show alongside the celebrities who feature in it.

There I was, student reporter, baffled at how I had swung my way in to this situation. I had been sent there to cover the event and interview the elite famous faces on behalf of 70 radio stations and print magazines. Me.

Did the thought of fluffing up or not asking the right questions, or forgetting to press record on my marantz, or annoying the talent cross my mind – ohhhh yes. But I shoved down the nerves and waltzed in to the place just like every other journo there. I couldn’t even enjoy the copious amount of free food or champagne for fear of coming across like a bumbling idiot during the interviews.

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One thing I immediately disliked was the manner of which some journos introduced themselves to one another, it went along the lines of “Hi, I’m [enter full name] from [enter some publication or station I was supposed to be slyly impressed by or jealous of]”.

So entirely false and pretentious – it was really quite unnecessary, but I quickly learnt that the Entertainment world is like that. From PR, to journalism, it seemed the Entertainment sector is full of whimsical shrubbery. A friend told me to bare in mind the infamous saying ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ – and right he was. Thankfully though, not all were like that.

After the ‘mingling’ amongst the press, the talent did the rounds and conducted the interviews which we all had prepared our questions for. As part of the radio cluster, at 4’11 I didn’t have high hopes for squeezing some questions in there. But despite the best efforts of the journos either side of me to squish me out of the huddled cluster, it turns out my height came as a huge advantage – the talent felt sorry for me!

Take example one for instance, [WARNING: namedrop ahead] whilst suffocating in the cluster and suffering at severe elbow-bashing – singer, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur Will.I.Am takes note of me standing so off balance that he says ‘Oh my gosh, you’re so cute and small‘. To my delight and just as a knight in shining armour should, ushered me to the front of the cluster so I could breathe (and get a great position for the interview). THANKS WILL.I.AM, what a gent.

I got a great interview, and even the patronising remarks of some of the radio journos with me, ‘Ohh you’re tiny’, didn’t throw me off. Because I realised, at the end of the day, I was there to get great content and do a good job. Getting back to the office, my boss was delighted with what I’d produced, and the brands were happy.

Even though I may have been crushed and had some false friends for the day, it was all in a day’s work – and I got what I needed!

Ofcourse, it wasn’t until later when I was recounting the event to my mum, that I realised I had had an opportunity like no other.

I got to eat expensive food, be part of a selected private audience to view the esteemed show way before the public, interview ‘famous’ individuals and represent an accomplished and respected organisation!

I’m proud to have done it, and what an experience. I just hope I’ll be as immune to fangirling when interviewing Beyonce (one day).

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2014 In Review…

The WordPress stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog.

It’s quite interesting for me as the author, probably not so much for the readers! But I thought I’d share it on here with you all nonetheless.

Thanks for reading my posts, stopping by for a click around and if you ever perused the site – I appreciate anytime you spent on here.

Here’s to 2015 bringing lots of adventures & new posts!

Have a healthy & happy New Year all :)

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

National Takeover Day 2014

Taking Over The Wallace Collection in London!

As featured on ‘Kids In Museums‘.

Pupils aged 8 to 11 years old from local state St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School are taking over The Wallace Collection museum on Friday 21st November 2014.

This is part of National Takeover Day, for one day only children and young people are being giving the chance to shadow jobs, serve customers and get involved in decision-making.

I went along to The Wallace Collection to find out more about their involvement in the national day.

See my radio report below:

Student Media Summit 2014: Day Two

Bleary eyed and a little windswept, I arrived at the Amnesty building on Friday morning raring to go for the second day of the, so far, brilliant summit. Despite having a hectic journey into London due to industrial strike action … Continue reading

Student Media Summit 2014: Day One

I am writing this post on a wobbly train from London. It’s just gone 7pm, and I’m exhausted from a busy day at the Student Media Summit 2014. It’s been a whole year since my last visit to this two-day conference in London. Ever since the last one ended, I have been incredibly eager to return to the event I adored so much last year.

The media summit is hosted by the NUS and Amnesty International. It brings together aspiring journalists who volunteer in student media and successful working media-professionals. The NUS and Amnesty are renowned for arranging great speakers for the summit, and both organisations cherish the strong relationships they have with student media across the nation and big news corporations.

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If you’re part of student media at your university, each outlet is entitled to two tickets to the event. Therefore, having attended the event in 2013 as part of ‘rhubarbTV’, I was very excited to return this year – this time as a Postgraduate-to-be and as a freelance journalist. NUS_CMYK-01

Many of this year’s delegates were undergraduate and most were part of their university’s student media outlets. I met wonderful attendees from Leeds, York, and Warwick – students had really made the effort to come down to London for the event.

The first of the weekend Summit, involved a Welcome Speech given by Lewis Cooper (NUS Public Affairs Manager) and Tim Hancock (Amnesty’s Director of the Chief Executive’s Office). Afterwards we were directed to our relevant sessions for which we had signed up for that morning. The sessions and lectures ranged from: Sub-Editing, Investigative Journalism, to Presenting skills and Making the perfect website. The range and variety of each session made me wish I could attend them all – especially considering the extraordinarily high calibre of the speakers.

For my first workshop I attended ‘Feature Writing’ with bubbly Zoe Beaty (@zoe_beaty) from Grazia Magazine. Zoe came across as incredibly down to earth and as someone who really knows her field. I had read many of her articles prior to meeting her, and wasn’t disappointed by the woman behind the excellent stories.

Buzzing from the first of three sessions of the day, I ran along to the second workshop on ‘Interview Skills’ with Sky News’ political correspondent Anushka Asthana (@SkyAnushka). Anushka was equally as fascinating, she was fiercely intelligent and was brimming with funny stories about her encounters with politicians. Her tales captured the group, we learnt about her experience doing ‘Death Knocks’ and everyone in the room was in awe of her career and her resilience. I was also pleased to discover that she studied for an MA in Magazine Journalism at City University. I could do a lot worse than emulate her career in journalism that’s for sure!

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Lastly, I chose to attend the session on ‘Newsgathering’ held by BBC London reporter, Tarah Welsh (@Tarahwelsh). As well as being the friendliest, most real and kind journalist I’d ever met, I was enthralled by Tarah’s tenacity and journey from small time PR girl to fierce reporter at the Beeb. She was a great speaker and I think everyone in the room resonated with her because she was so amiable. Tarah seemed like she genuinely wanted to help and was intrigued in our journeys too – she wanted to know the routes we planned to take, and advised us accordingly. Tarah was a lucky one though; she had managed to secure herself a place on the BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme – giving her perfect leverage into the industry. But it was reassuring to hear Tarah say that people can get into the news organisation through a variety of routes, and that there is generally no direct path into working for the BBC.

So, that’s my report from Day One! I’m looking forward to tomorrow after a great, informative day today. I just hope the train journey is a little less manic in the morning.

In the meantime, follow the summit trend at #studentmedia2014 to see what the delegates are up to throughout the conference!

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