I’ve been very fortunate to see and do what I’ve done over the last few years and a lot of it has been thanks to sheer hard work, but also luck and belief. I get down easily when I think of what I could have achieved, but I remember that I’ve done (and continue to do) so much great stuff and achieve a lot of goals and aspirations as each year goes by. And I’m truly blessed to be here doing that.
Geordie Finishing School
In 2011 I was approached by the BBC to work on an in-house production called ‘Geordie Finishing School’ which was later broadcast on BBC3. It was a show about breaking down social barriers involving a rather unique experiment, and the experience of filming the show and being a Production Team Member was far more intriguing then that of the finished program. I loved seeing my name in the credits but the experience of working on this was something I’d never forget.
Young Musician of the Year 2012
In 2012 I worked with BBC Wales (who make Doctor Who) on Young Musician of the Year 2012, the final broadcast live from The Sage in Gateshead. A much more condensed production, limited to just three days, it was a fantastic chance to work in live television.
Gig Promotion – Y Radio
I promoted a concert at YMCA North Shields, when Y Radio presented two performances across two weekends in May and June 2012. It was a true career highlight. I still have the original designs for the tickets we sold and the posters designed by the staff.
During my time at Sunderland University in 2013 I was able to write some pieces for the Sunderland Echo, the local paper, which included an ‘On Campus’ style report written by Journalism students. For whatever reason, one issue (near Christmas) featured an almost solo report from me as both Editor, Chief Writer and Contributor. I’m proud of it because it was an expose on my interview with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais who created such seminal British comedy series as ‘Porridge’, ‘Escort’ and ‘Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads’
North East Music Magazine
Between 2013 and 2014 I wrote for the magazine NEMM, a print magazine (which is now a website) that was founded by Russell Poad. The magazine gave me a chance to get my work published in print on a monthly basis and also meet some fascinating and exceptional Journalists from all walks of life.