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Inspired by…Media Arts Graduate interviews the stars on the red carpet!

Posted on 13/03/2014

Adding to our Inspired By… collection, Media Arts graduate Sisi Li found herself amongst some of Hollywood’s finest as she reported from the red carpet at this year’s Academy Awards. 

Intent on following her dream of becoming a Reporter/Production Manager since graduating with a BA in Media Arts and an MA in Film Producing, both from Royal Holloway, Sisi joined CCTV-6’s World Film Report. We called ‘lights, camera, action!’ to find out more about her recent experience at the Oscars.

What inspired you to become a Reporter/Production Manager?
I am extremely passionate about films and travelling. When I heard that World Film Report was hiring, I simply thought I had found the perfect job opportunity. I also liked the fact that the job is very challenging. It requires us all to take on various roles such as a director, production coordinator, writer, reporter and producer.

What did you enjoy most about studying Media Arts at Royal Holloway?
In addition to a superb faculty and resources, the greatest strength of the programme is that it creates an environment where theory and practice are in constant interaction. This allowed me to explore different aspects of the industry and have a better understanding of my own strengths and interests.

How did it feel to be at an event as big as the Oscars?
I felt incredibly humbled and amazed. Seeing so many established reporters work and learn from them was an absolute treat.

What was your highlight of the occasion?
Interviewing the nominees on the red carpet and being inspired by their great achievement.

How did your degree at Royal Holloway help you in your career?
My time at Royal Holloway instilled a sense of discipline, teamwork, imagination and persistence that helped me a great deal in my career. At an interview, I presented four short films I had directed in my second and third year, and that portfolio got me my first job!

Another highlight of the course was the role switching for every project we did. Being assigned to a new role for every short film taught me to adapt to the fast pace of my jobs and the amount of work required.

The best thing about my time at Royal Holloway is all the really incredible people I have been introduced to. The network I gained from taking the course is invaluable, and I was fortunate enough to get my first internship at 8th Floor Production by responding to a job opportunity provided by the course director.

What advice would you give to anyone considering studying Media Arts at Royal Holloway?
One of the best ways to familiarize yourself with film production is to get your feet wet! Grab any chance to work regardless of the size or level of the production. Networking is the most important thing – it’s not only who you know, but who knows you. If you want a job, you have to prove yourself by working hard and being assertive. It never hurts to ask for advice, help or even a job – the trick is finding out who to ask, but don’t worry, you’ll learn all that at Royal Holloway.


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