know how good you are – working @ Reading Festival 2017

2017, lifestyle, music, photography, student, travel

Hello!

Getting the chance to work at Reading Festival  as a Camera Operator was something I was never going to turn down – if I had to apply in any other way I wouldn’t have got it because I haven’t done any camera opping before, but my housemate was recruiting and he took a chance on me (hopefully he thinks it paid off).

When I went to Channel 4 and BBC Three (and Sky next week) I always say there was no luck – I spent a lot of time and effort getting those placements and there was no luck involved. Reading however – it’s all because I happen to live with the guy that needed camera ops. Obviously there was a bit of skill involved – if he didn’t think I’d be good at it he’d have said no but Reading was all chance, and I’m very, very grateful for it.

Watching every act from the side or right in front of the stage is something I’ve dreamed of for so long

I was so unbelievably anxious before we left I can’t even put it into words – I felt ill, I was overanalysing everything and I contemplated not going because I was so scared of getting things wrong or being bad. But I knew I couldn’t turn down Reading.

And I went. And I did well. And I loved it.

Camera 2 – my favourite Camera

I learnt a lot about how to work the cameras but I also realised how much I already knew – I know what a good shot looks like, I knew to keep an eye on what was happening on stage, what the other ops were filming and the crowd (filming someone holding a Lightning McQueen balloon was a highlight of the weekend).

I felt comfortable doing the job – it was like I’d found something that I should have been doing all along – filming live music, surrounded by artists, techies and heavy bass. I don’t think I would camera op for the rest of my life, but working with bands in environments like this is what I want to do. Now I have more of a focus to get to that.

The crowd for ‘The Hunna’ were absolutely mental, favourite crowd of the whole weekend

No one really expected me to excel at this festival, and I don’t think I’m the kind of person to make the assumption that I did, but I did learn this – have faith in your own skills, don’t be afraid to say you’re capable and you’re good enough. I’m definitely the sort of person who puts themselves down (to no end), assumes that I will never be good enough and I’m afraid to apply for jobs or work experience opportunities in roles that I could do but I haven’t done before but I know what I’m good at.

The last sunset of Reading 2017

I’m a good writer, I know how to film and edit good videos, I know how to take a good photo, I’m a good presenter and I’m really good at research and organisation. And there’s nothing wrong with knowing your skills or talking about them.

I’m so glad I had the opportunity to go to Reading and prove this to myself. I am capable of it even if there are people who would quite happily tell me I’m not.

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

The sunrise at Basingstoke station on 6.30am on Monday morning was worth the all nighter

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Writing at a festival!

2016

Hello!

I was offered the chance to work as a copywriter at NASS Festival with my uni’s production company Solent Productions. I was super nervous about the whole weekend but it worked out really well – the marketing team gave us an overall weekend project rather than short immediate deadlines which suited my anxiety just fine!

I did suffer major anxiety that weekend and I spent about two hours each night on the phone to Lucas just to calm me down, but that’s not very fun to talk about so I’m talking about the fun stuff.

My task was to write Buzzfeed-style ‘listicles’ (I did not come up with that word, that came from the marketing team and I want no association with it… it’s such an awful word) so I wrote posts like ‘8 Best Things About NASS 2016’ and articles along those lines. As soon as I have the links I’ll post everything I wrote from the weekend! Alongside the list posts, I was given the freedom to write basically whatever I want so I wrote up a couple of artists interviews and a fun article about the importance of the street art at NASS.

So at first is was mostly just brain storming ideas, thinking of the contents of each of the lists and browsing around the festival to gather information. Then over the course of the weekend I went and took some pictures, used some of the footage that the camera ops had been out to film and learnt to make gifs. I can make gifs now! Look!

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I’m not sure why it’s so slow but I made it! Still very proud of this skill I acquired.

But sitting in a portacabin all weekend was actually really boring so whilst I spend the time I was in there writing, I went out of my way to find other things to do where I was still helpful, still gathering information for myself and not staying in a very small room all day.

(I’ve consequently given myself a lot more work to do this week since I’ve been back but it’s been fun either way!)

I knew I wanted to attend a few of the interviews that we as a production team were conducting because I intended to write them up as articles but towards the end of Saturday and Sunday I went to every interview we were doing to both practice my interview skills as a journalist and help out the producer who was being given a lot of phone numbers and a lot of people not showing up.

Having access to all areas was super fun, we got to go behind main stage, I got to meet so many artists and the free food at catering was actually great, I was expecting burger van chips all weekend.

The highlight of the weekend, for me, was helping set up an interview with Enter Shikari – they were the only band I’d heard of the whole weekend and they were there as we were interviewing someone else so we just asked them if they were up for an interview and it was actually one of the best interviews we did all weekend. The band were so chill and so sweet and I saw Rory the next day and I think he recognised me, it was really fun and I really hope I get crewed for another festival so I get to do it all again.

In terms of reading what I wrote this weekend, I finished writing the last piece today and I’m going to finish off all the gifs today and tomorrow then send it all to the marketing team.

I’m so grateful to have been given this opportunity and I want to thank both NASS Festival and Solent Productions!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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Preparing to work at a festival!

2016, music

Hello!

I leave for NASS tomorrow and I just thought I’d jot a few thoughts down before I leave so I can compare them when I get back – don’t worry, I’ll feed back!

Packing is a little bit daunting – I followed the list of things that’s recommended to bring and part of me feels like I’m overpacking and the other part of me thinks that I’ve left for too much behind. So far, I’ve got a lot of space left in my bags and Lucas has given me some advice based on his experience at Glastonbury, but I’m still concerned.

I’m actually really nervous about the whole thing – I’ve never been to a festival, it’s been a long time since I last camped and I’ve not done any journalism style copywriting since about March so the more I think about it, the more nervous I get. My stomach feels funny and I’ve been grumpy for a few days now… sorry Lucas!

I’m just worried that my laptop will run out of charge or I won’t be writing anything right or I’ll get lost or I just won’t fit in with anyone else there or maybe I’ll be the only one that hasn’t done a festival before or maybe I’ll be the only one not drinking or I’ll get really anxious and worry too much.

Can you tell I’m worrying a lot about little things that probably won’t matter at all?

I think because this is something I’m considering a future in, I’ve put a lot into what this weekend will be so it’s more daunting than it already is.

But I am trying to think of it as exciting – it’s a weekend out of Southampton, surrounded by music and hopefully like minded people… hopefully. I’m in a kind of negative, pessimistic mood which isn’t helping right now.

I really am trying to remain optimistic, I really am!

I just want to be good and do well.

(Also, I’m taking my DSLR camera, even though I’m not a photographer, so I can get lots of photos for you guys!)

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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