BA French & Spanish (2004), Assistant Producer, BBC
James Evans has been working in TV production for the past nine years and is currently an Assistant Producer for the BBC showPointless.
Why did you choose Royal Holloway?
The first time I set foot on the Royal Holloway campus I knew it was the place for me. The beautiful location, proximity to London and friendly atmosphere were real selling points. As a prospective Joint Honours Languages student the variety of cultural courses and year abroad placements that the French and Hispanic Studies departments have to offer were key factors. I clearly remember leaving Egham after my Open Day thinking ‘I’d better get the grades I need to go there!’.”
How did your time at Royal Holloway help your future career?
"The extra-curricular activities at Royal Holloway had a fundamental effect on my future career. I quickly became involved with the University’s student radio station, Insanity. As well as having a stint as head of music at the station, I co-hosted a twice-weekly rock show called ‘Wyld Stallyns’.(This show was better than the name suggests.) As is the case with most students, I had no idea about what I was going to do after university, but my time at the radio station definitely pointed me in the right direction."
What do you do now and what advice would you give to anyone thinking about a career in your sector?
"For the past nine years I have worked in TV production. I’m an Assistant Producer on the BBC1 quiz show Pointless. If you look carefully my name will be in the squeezed credits right at the end of the show. TV is a difficult industry to break into but I love it and can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.
To get that foot in the door, you may have to work unpaid for a few weeks, which is something everyone does. Also, don’t be put off by not having a film or media-related degree as there are many potential career avenues in TV and radio. Plus, being able to speak an extra language is a definite bonus. To start with I contacted as many production companies as I could, looking for work experience and got offered a four-week stint in BBC Comedy, which eventually led to my current role."