Excited about our amazing opportunity to create a short film with O2 and the BFI? Each year we’ve offered a super money-can’t-buy career opportunity. We caught up with Ruby, who took part in our Freaks Wanted opportunity to work with Nile Rodgers and Rudimental last year, about how the experience she gained helped her get a job in media. Read her story here…
Why did you apply for the Freaks Wanted opportunity?
My parents were always into disco so it was mainly Nile Rodgers that made me want to do it! I’ve always liked his music and one of my friends saw an advert on Youtube for the chance to work with him. I’m really interested in music PR and I’d listened to Nile since a young age so I went for it and applied for the PR assistant role.
What did you learn from it?
It was interesting to see how a project of that scale operates from start to finish. While I was studying arts and festivals management at De Montfort University I did some PR bits for a smaller festival that we ran but nothing involving such big artists or in such a short time frame.
It forced me to learn absolutely everything from beginning to end. We didn’t have long to get the message out and we had loads of people to speak to and loads of radio interviews to organise!
What was the most surprising thing about the experience?
How much time we actually got to spend with Nile and the band. I thought we might just see him through a window while we worked behind the scenes! But how involved he was in the programme was the biggest highlight.
How has it impacted your confidence about your future career?
It was one of the main things that I was asked about when I interviewed for the job I’m doing now in the Leicester Mercury newspaper’s media sales and advertising department. They found it really interesting and that gave me the confidence to talk about what I’d done and take some pride in what I’d managed to achieve. I’m originally from Essex but after graduating in July I moved to Leicester for my job, perhaps I wouldn’t have been so confident doing that before taking part.
Have you kept in touch with anyone you worked with?
We all added each other on social media and set up a Facebook group, everyone’s doing amazing things now. Alex, who played saxophone on the track, has just been on the BBC Proms. I’m sure we’ll try and have a reunion one day.
Would you encourage others to apply for similar opportunities with GoThinkBig?
Definitely, it was the best thing I’ve ever done. I’d recommend it to anybody.
What advice would you give to the people who will be working on this year’s super opportunity?
I can be quite shy in some situations but you have to throw yourself in and keep asking questions. Make yourself known to people because in a competitive industry the only way you’re going to get somewhere is to shout about what you’re doing.
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