Pixie Lott, coffees, and running

I’m a week into my internship at Somethin’ Else, a content company who create radio and tv programs, films, digital, apps, and work with brands. I first came into contact with them a few years ago while on the Headstart program, run by A New Direction who share the same building. Since the 2012 Games I’ve been relatively quiet on the blogging front, concentrating on my studies and now go into my final year at university! Anyway, this is a good excuse to get back on the blog.

Being a general intern at Somethin’ Else is a great opportunity to learn and get involved with a vast array of creative areas. During my first week I spent two days as a runner for a film crew working with the likes of Pixie Lott and yes, doing a lot of running. Being a runner is the first foot in the door in this exciting industry and it was inspiring to see how a crew come together from the director to the gaffer, and the producer to the cameramen. So here are my ten top tips for being a runner from what I’ve learnt so far:

1. Don’t be on time. Be early. It shows you’re reliable and enthusiastic and gives you more time to help with tip 2.

2. Learn everyone’s names. I try to put name to job title which helps especially when everyone seems to have a four or five letter name beginning with J. (Yes, my name’s Joe…)

3. Eye contact. I always try to keep eye contact when listening to anyone in life but it’s so valuable with your team and those above you.

4. It’s obvious but be comfortable with making hot drinks in the various ways even if you don’t drink them!

5. Have a smart phone with data and full battery. It comes in very handy with maps and notes is also useful with taking down food and drink orders.

6. Dress appropriately. I learnt this the hard way unfortunately. Turning up to my first shoot in thick black jeans and a shirt on a hot summer’s day was stupid and made the day very sweaty. However, speaking to one of the crew that day he said he had seen a girl turn up in high heels once… she didn’t last long.

7. Bring a small rucksack. This will help to carry lunch and your money/receipts.

8. Run. Not in a crazy, out of control manner, but if the nearest shops are 15 mins away then you need to get your skates on.

9. Be honest. If you don’t know what a piece of equipment is that someone’s got you to collect, tell them.

10. Show interest. At the end of the day you’re there to learn (especially if you’re not being paid) so ask questions and try to get involved.

That’s my advice! More to come over the next few weeks.

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About Joe Mason

My name is Joe Mason, I'm a 20 year-old Londoner living in Hackney, a host borough for the 2012 Olympic Games. Through this blog I explored how the Games affected local people. I was part of a group of students taking part in a program called Headstart. Now I use this as a platform for creative writing, audio, film, and digital.
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