Matt Potter studied at Ravensbourne before taking his first full time role with us. Here, he discusses how he joined us and why he believes that video production is for him:
Tell me a little bit about your background…
During my three years at university, I studied Television Production and was introduced to the many roles of the broadcasting industry. I spent my spare time gaining work experience on event/entertainment film shoots (for both online and broadcast). I found that I enjoyed working in a team to produce great content to be proud of. After graduating I began my career as a camera assistant to gain experience on what is expected in this industry.
What made you decide that production was for you?
I wanted to progress in a company where I could contribute and be recognised for my passion and creativity – somewhere that would also develop my skills in production.
Smyle is fantastic for acknowledging staff and we all go the extra mile for our clients. Working here has given me a chance to influence project briefs (in pre- and post-production) to create outstanding and innovative video content.
What’s an average day like at the office?
Smyle is an interesting and exciting place to work because every week is different.
One day I could be working on pitching ideas for new productions, the next I’m helping with logistics for crew, sourcing locations, props or prepping kit. More recently I’ve been promoted to a producer so as well as being involved with more ‘hands on’ work on-site, I’m also running my own projects from start to finish.
What’s the best thing you’ve done?
Smyle has given me a chance to do exactly what I wanted to do in my career. I find real enjoyment seeing a project through from start to finish. I’m moving towards becoming a more experienced video producer, working on all stages from pre-production, on-site and making clients happy with the end result in post-production.
A great example of this is when our team work alongside Smyle’s Event and Production teams to create content for large-scale events. When you see your work projected on a giant screen, being viewed by hundreds of people, there is a great sense of accomplishment.
How did you find your job?
I was lucky to find the role advertised on my university job listings. To my delight, when I applied, the role was still open and my future employer had studied at my university (although a good few years earlier)! I asked if I could see how the company works on-site, to find out more about a typical ‘day in the life’ of Smyle and it was exactly what I wanted to be a part of. I was successful in joining the team and I haven’t looked back since.