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Bonita Norris

Bonita Norris, BA Media Arts, TV presenter


What advice would you give to other graduates hoping to have a career in television?

“People in TV are overworked - they can always do with eager graduates willing to help out. You have to be willing to work long hours, do menial tasks and may not get paid, but once you're inside a production company, you'll have the opportunity to learn a lot and make your way up the ranks internally.”

How has your degree helped your career?

“Studying Media Arts was fascinating - the course studies so many aspects of cinema and television. I loved learning about different cultures through world cinema and as I liked to think myself a film buff - the history side of how Hollywood developed really important to learn about too. What I liked most was that as with real life film making, the course was equally creative and technical - we could explore our most outlandish ideas and were then taught the skills needed to make them a reality on screen.”

How have you applied what you learned at Royal Holloway to your work?

“It's great to be able to understand simple things such as technical terms, how final cut works, how to turn a camera on - what the lingo means. TV is seriously stressful and competitive, and having both a theoretical understanding of its history and how the industry works today, coupled with technical understanding, is vital - so I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to work in film and television.”



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