BA Media Arts (2009), Producer
Susannah works in production for commercials, events and filming at Premier, which is a dedicated creative communications agency that works with the entertainment, arts and culture industries. Premier has expertise in film, home entertainment, television, games, theatre, music and dance, consumer brands and personal representation, with a dedicated capability in event production, digital and social, corporate PR, and sponsorship.
Why did you choose Royal Holloway for your degree?
I originally wanted to go to Drama School and completed some harrowing auditions before I realised that it wasn’t for me. I am glad that I put myself through them because it made me aware of my strengths as well as my weaknesses. I did A-Level Media Studies and had always found I could immerse myself in the subject. I had to start all over again with my UCAS application and Royal Holloway was the only choice I made to study Media Arts. I knew it had a great reputation for the course and the even split of practical and theory was the key reason I chose to study there.
What did your course and your time here teach you?
Not only did I have some great lecturers, but I enjoyed the variety of the lectures themselves. Going to the ‘cinema’ at 9am was pretty fun. I really liked the textual analysis involved in the screenings too. There was plenty of practical work and a variety of avenues to take, from directing and producing, to camerawork and editing. I enjoyed the amount of practical work on the course. I chose to specialise in Creative Sound Design and that is where I developed my passion for the industry, both in production and postproduction. Royal Holloway taught me to work hard, but to also make time to enjoy life. For me, it’s all about a balance; that is something that’s become very important to me.
What advice would you give to students interested in a career in the media industry?
One thing I would say is that you don’t have to be set on a specific career within the media. Sometimes it helps to be a bit flexible. I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I graduated but as I got used to the industry, I realised just how many choices there were and how many different routes I could take. There were some things that I had never even considered before. It’s always good to ask lots of questions, see things for yourself and find out what fits. Rather than pushing for what I thought I wanted, I stood back a little and found out what suited me.