When did you attend Reigate and what subjects did you study?

I was at Reigate between 2002 and 2004.  While I was there, I studied the things I knew I was interested in – Photography, Media Studies and Performing Arts. I also did Art as an extra AS in my second year. 

What did you do after you left?

After College I took a year off and then did a year’s Foundation degree in Art at UCA in Epsom.  While at Epsom I specialised in Photography and Moving Images and that paved the way for me doing a degree in TV Production at Bournemouth University.When did you attend Reigate and what subjects did you study?

What work experience have you had since leaving?

I’ve always done as much work experience as I can.  I’ve worked in photographic studios, been a photographic runner at Donna Karan and done a stint in the summer holidays at MTV.  During the summer after uni I worked for the production company Clockwise Media as a camera operator filming music festival promotions including Secret Garden Party, Boomtown Fair and Bestival.  I then got a five month contract as a researcher at Pett Productions (a TV production company founded by Bob Mortimer, Vic Reeves and Lisa Clark  in Merstham), which gave me a great insight into the industry. After that I worked part time in the kit room at Aim Image prepping kit for productions worldwide.  

My big break came when I was offered a job at the production company Cruet which provides equipment and crews for broadcast and corporate TV all over the world.  I was there for two years and learnt an enormous amount.  Some of their clients included The Discovery Channel and Sky.  I regularly worked 19 hour days but loved getting to know everyone and enjoyed being in the throng of it.  While I was there, I learnt to be a Camera Assistant working alongside Camera Operators on productions like the Apprentice, Master Chef and the Voice.  

Once I felt I’d learnt as much as I could at Cruet, I knew it was time to move on. I wanted to refine my specialisms and move out of broadcast and in to film. I started managing the kitroom at Filmscape Media which supplies the latest digital technology to a new generation of filmmakers. I had intended to stay with the company until the end of the year but I’ve recently been offered a clapper loader role on a 5 week feature film funded by the British Film Institute, together with a place on their film professional development and mentoring scheme, so I’m now preparing to go freelance.  These opportunities are too big to turn down.

What have you learnt from your experience?

I know I’ve found my niche. I enjoy what I’m doing so much that, for the most part, it doesn’t feel like work at all. I’ve learnt that nothing worth having comes easy in life but once you’re on the right career path you begin to realise that anything really is possible!

Becky Lee

Left Reigate College: 2004

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