How can the Mama Youth Project get you into the TV industry? Edit Co-ordinator Diana explains
"I’ll never forget that feeling of seeing my promo on live TV while I was sitting in the gallery. I was proud to be a part of this team."
Name: Diana Cooper
Job title: Edit Co-ordinator, Sky Production Services
What were you doing before joining Sky on a Mama Youth placement?
My placement was in Sky Sports studios editing for live TV. I used an editing software called Quantel and had a mentor from the business.
Describe the type of day to day activities that you conducted in the department that you joined on your placement.
I was working on different projects every day. I edited On Demand pieces including an interview with Wayne Rooney, worked on a few pieces for Transfer Deadline Day and also podcasts with presenter Rob Wotten.
Are there any pieces of work/projects that you were particularly proud to be a part of?
I had the amazing opportunity to edit two football promos that aired on TV. I’ll never forget that feeling of seeing my promo on live TV while I was sitting in the gallery. I was proud to be a part of this because I was allowed to be as creative as I wanted by experimenting with different effects within After Effects.
How would you reflect on your placement in terms of training and development?
The training was amazing. I was mentored one to one by a senior editor at Sky for 6 weeks. I had never used Quantel before so I was completely new to the software, I was taught from scratch. I learned what UPSOTS are, what MLT is and all the keyboard shortcuts. I had previously never cut for live TV, so learning how to cope with that pressure was vital in the environment I was in.
How did you transition from your placement to a role at Sky?
Camilla McBride from Sky Starting Out emailed me different opportunities within Sky. Bookings was one of the roles I applied to and luckily I got through to the interview stage.
I was lucky enough to only be off for about 2 weeks after my placement and before my role in bookings began.
What does your role now see you doing?
In my new role I’m mainly working on Audio Bookings. Bookings is quite an admin based type of role, which I am not too used to, but going outside of my comfort zone and trying new things out is what I wanted to do. On a daily basis I liaise with the Creatives at Sky (who are our clients). I coordinate, schedule and juggle bookings around so that everyone is happy! Being able to prioritise and organise my time is very important when it comes to working in bookings. I feel like I have learnt so much a month into my new role at Sky!
How important has the Mama Youth Project been to your personal and professional growth?
Mama Youth has given me so much in my personal and professional growth. I definitely feel more confident in myself, I know I wouldn’t have gone for bookings without the confidence I’ve gained from Mama Youth. They have shown me that it’s possible to get into the TV industry.
Professionally, I'm much more confident to go out of my comfort zone and try new roles, instead of shying away from it. From my new found confidence, I’ve met loads of lovely people in the TV industry and I’ve widened my network with whom I stay in touch with.
This new found confidence has also allowed me to be involved in extra activities here. I’ve been shadowing editors and dubbing mixers, getting to know producers and learning about different departments such as compliance, content handling and edit operations.
What would you say to someone thinking about getting involved with the Mama Youth Project?
I would say do it! You’ll not regret it. It was one of my best decisions ever! If you have always wanted to get involved in the TV industry, then Mama Youth is the place to start. The training is tough and it isn't an easy ride but they’re there for you. You’ll work hard and push many boundaries and even surprise yourself at times that you actually did it!
Mama Youth will gear you up for the TV world which will stick with you forever.
You don't have to have previous experience in TV just the willingness and enthusiasm for it!
So what are you waiting for! It changed my life and it will change yours too.