Our team is constantly growing so we want to introduce you to some of the new members of the Coffee & TV family. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing a series of interviews with our “new kids on the block”. Find out who they are and why they chose to join the team.
How did you get into the industry?
I was a runner at Golden Square, worked my way up a bit and then went to Rushes. Both good companies that went bust while I was working there, so I’m not quite sure what that says about me?!
I then went freelance and Coffee & TV was actually the first place I freelanced.
As I had only ever worked for two companies in my whole career, freelancing gave me the chance to work at big and small companies, test the waters so to speak.
How did you end up permanently working at Coffee & TV?
Leonie (our MD) forced me…No in all seriousness, the stars just aligned and it was the right time to join the team permanently.
When you go freelance it’s like being on probation forever and a good way to work out what companies are the nicest to work for. Jonny Grew was always such a big champion of mine, very encouraging and always keen to get me booked to come back. In most of the places I was freelancing it was just the bookings person that would email me but at Coffee & TV it was different, I was getting you all after me, I know it’s obviously my good looks…I quickly realised I wanted to stay forever. In fact, the week I joined we won Broadcast Best Places to Work, so I was like great, good sign!
However a big reason I said sign me up was the studio’s sense of humour and allowance to have a laugh. I like being here as I can show that I’m good enough to do the job well but also tell terrible jokes when I want. A job can often be so serious and busy so you need to be able to let your guard down and show your personality. Coffee & TV is very human, not a large robot, there is a real care.
What’s your favourite part of London and why?
Has to be South bank, it is very touristy but I always take people there if they’re not from London. I also really like Camden though. I miss going there before I had my kids. Never a dull moment in Camden, there are always such sights, even shocking to those of us from London!
What would you most like to work on?
I like jobs where it’s a big collaboration, with Martin (Allan) making the tea and Jonny Grew tinkering about. We all really compliment each other and we just love working on projects where we have amazing fun and experiment, and then that enjoyment transfers to what you see on screen.
What are you most proud of in life?
My extensive musical trivia knowledge… Oh and my two kids.
I’m also really proud of my wife’s collection of seashells, it’s pretty impressive.
Does your family understand what you do?
My dad does congratulate me on my career so I think he might know. My mum always said I was in cartoons. Not sure if a lot of people grasp it but my good pals from school are always fascinated, it does sound pretty glamorous what we do.
However, a mate of mine is a paramedic and I find that so much more interesting. I’m always asking him questions about gunshot or stab wounds. He’s helped women give birth for crying-out-loud!
How did you end up in this line of work?
When I look back, when I chose my career my main thought process was what was going to be fun. Pixar helped me choose my degree, I wanted to make the films I loved. I never looked at how much the salary was, I just wanted to find a job I loved.
I was never particularly creative but the job has brought it out of me. I’ve also become really into lighting, I’m good at it and I enjoy it. I love how the colour shapes objects and the drama it can create.
Tell me a secret or something people don’t know about you?
I can sing and I’m a hell of a front man. I’m open to offers to perform at the Coffee & TV tenth anniversary.
I was in a function band for 8 years. My best cover was The Power of Love by Huey Lewis and my rendition of Shut Up and Dance always went down really well.