Jay’s Say – A Ramble, and a Reveal

Hello, Creatives!  It’s not often I post about me on here, but today I feel compelled to.  I’m honestly thankful for pretty much everything in life right now.

170D2383I’ll keep it brief.

So my name’s Jay, for those who don’t know me.  I’m the guy who runs 99% Perspiration – the podcasts (both editing and hosting), the Facebook network, the Twitter, and this very blog.  It’s a lot of work, and I love it.  But it’s a third “job”, and it seldom gets the attention it deserves.

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Your Work Experience Experience: Gemma Hirst, ITV Tyne Tees

12711148_10154548050454746_2161477098461425046_oHello, Creatives!  In their 2015 survey, the UK Creative Media Workforce Survey revealed that 77 per cent had done unpaid work experience – which is a staggeringly high number.

Here at 99% Perspiration, we want to make sure that you make the most out of your work experience placement, so we’ve asked a few key bloggers to document their “work experience experience”, and share it with us; the good, the bad, and the ugly.

(Also, see Tim John’s article on tips for how to make the most of, and not screw up, your work experience placement.)

This coming Wednesday, Gemma begins her three-day work experience with ITV Tyne Tees.  Not only will Gemma be shadowing members of their news team; writers, bulletin readers, editors…  She’ll be getting hands-on experience, helping film & edit ITV’s journalistic content.

Currently the Culture Editor for young writing start-up Kettle Mag, amongst writing for many online publications, Gemma is in her final year at the University of Sunderland’s Journalism BA.

Vlog one; Gemma explains how she snagged work experience with ITV’s journalism team, explains her passion for journalism, and enthuses about what lies ahead at ITV.

To find out more about Gemma Hirst, you can check out her blog, and check back with 99% for Gemma’s next vlogs.

Want to share your work experience opportunities with us?  We’re keen to share your stories; get in touch via our Twitter, @99Podcast.

nyf-gold-award-jay-sykes-circle-crop1And, as always,
Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay Sykes
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration

How to Impress on a TV Set – Gayle Woodruff

Today’s Top Ten Tips is filtered from an outstanding talk by Gayle Woodruff, from Northern Film and Media.  The talk was literally months ago, but it’s been sitting there in my notes, and in the back of my mind all this time.  And after so many of you got in contact following our post about Edinburgh TV Festival’s intense TV course “The Network”, I thought now would be a perfect time to share Gayle’s words of wisdom with you.

1) No Job is Too Demoralising

Gayle Woodruff“Some people might turn their nose up at a job that’s just making tea and coffee – but that’s the best way to get yourself in front of a whole TV crew.” – Gayle Woodruff, Northern Film & Media

Not only that, I also enlisted help from Freelance Broadcast Journalist BethanyJane Elsey; we studied together at Sunderland, and she’s a veritable fountain of positive advice for trainee TV journalists.

What if you find yourself in the fortunate position of being invited to work on a TV set?  How can you make the most of your time on that TV set?  How can you stand out from the hundreds of other runners in your area, and really impress your TV employers?  With a huge thanks to Gayle, here are Top Ten Tips for kick-starting your – or how to impress a TV/film crew.
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The Network – Intense TV Training

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 17.15.39.png“TV is all about relationships.  We’re helping you kick-start those relationships.”

That’s Campbell Glennie of the annual Edinburgh TV Festival – every August, the @EdinburghTVFest is one of the highlights of the TV industry, bringing together around 2,000 people who work in TV across the UK and beyond, to network & celebrate.

Creative Futures, lovely folks as they are, kindly invited me to attend Campbell’s talk earlier today on their intense talent development scheme which runs alongside the festival, “The Network“.  If you live in the UK, and want to work in TV, this could be the gateway for you.

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London-Bound – Ep. 23 of 99% Perspiration

Hello, Creatives!

Click here to download Alicia Myers' episode of 99% Perspiration

Click here to download Alicia Myers’ episode of 99% Perspiration

Both our guests on this week’s episode studied creative degrees at university, before pursuing creative careers with media companies based in London.

Alicia Myers is currently the Insight Executive for BBC Worldwide.  Alicia’s role involves leading a research team in a creative way; turning figures and facts into stories, to help BBC Worldwide sell their programmes worldwide.

But when we chatted a few weeks ago, she was about to enter her final week in the same role at Time Inc. UK, the magazine publisher behind InStyle, NME, Wallpaper, What’s On TV, and a handful of other well-loved magazines.

Alicia shares with us how she finds creativity, how to develop a thick skin, and why PR and research roles can be ideal if you love storytelling.

Click here to download Ganesh Rao on 99% Perspiration

Click here to download Ganesh Rao on 99% Perspiration

Ganesh Rao is an Output Producer with Sky News, having recently joined their team in early October.  With a solid passion in hard news journalism, Ganesh moved from Suddan, India to study journalism in the UK, and didn’t stop until he found a place in the industry.

On Episode 23 – London Bound, You can hear from Ganesh about how industry experience helped him on the way, and what made the young graduate stand out at the interview with Sky News.

And until next time,

Stay productive, stay awesome!

Powerful Pitching & Top-Notch Networking – Ep. 22 of 99% Perspiration

Hello, Creatives!

Joanna Makepeace-Woods knows a thing or two about powerful pitching.  She gained her previous role, Talent Development Manager at the University of Sunderland, through pitching it to the staff there.  They were so impressed, so inspired, that they devised the role specifically for Joanna, and she’s been there ever since.

Click here to listen to Joanna Makepeace-Woods on 99% Perspiration

Click here to listen to Joanna Makepeace-Woods on 99% Perspiration

Now, Joanna is the Employability Manager with the university’s Arts, Design and Media faculty, and works with graduates and students to get them into the workplace.  She understands well the importance of networking, and getting your name out there.

“It’s a great feeling to know that you’ve opened a door for yourself…  You might be dying inside, but you’ve done it!”

I’ve listened to your feedback – some of you told me you wanted to hear more from people who help develop creatives, rather than just from creatives themselves; and Joanna Makepeace-Woods is just that person.

“It’s difficult, but I think you have to make time, even if it’s just an hour a month that you schedule in your diary, to touch base with people.”

Joanna also worked in multiple TV roles, mostly in the production office, so episode 22 of 99% Perspiration should be particularly interesting if you’re interested in getting more stuck in with TV.

“If you can concisely talk about something that you’re doing, people get it.  If you can do it in 30 seconds, they get it in 30 seconds.”

And until next time,

Stay productive, stay awesome!

Episode 20 – How to be a Hustler

Hello, Creatives!

In 2008, Beyoncé coined the phrase “a diva is a female version of a hustler”.

In all her super-star enriched glory, Beyonce may be right, but I had the pleasure of chatting with a self-declared “hustler” from Adelaide, Australia.

Since meeting Tiffany Rouge whilst she studied in the UK, she’s returned to the land down under and found herself the Marketing and Events Coordinator for the Hotel Richmond in Adelaide.

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Click here to listen to Tiffany Rouge on Episode 20

“I have worked damn hard to get where I am. And I have hustled… A hustler just does stuff, they get stuff done, by any means possible. And I think that’s my superpower.”

Since this episode of 99% Perspiration was recorded, Tiffany has also been taken on as a radio producer at Fresh 92.7, and continues to organise fashion & clothing events in Adelaide.

Also joining us for Episode 20, Ed Westman brings some of his best advice for aspiring filmmakers – and in terms of getting your name out there, he can teach you how to “hustle” like the best.

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Click here to listen to Ed Westman on Episode 20

“In a way, making a show-reel is redundant… You’re better off putting your work into a big portfolio, on a website, because then people will be able to see on a project by project basis what your skills are.”

Alongside freelancing as a Video Content Creator based in Sunderland, Ed is the Video Producer with the University of Sunderland’s Marketing and Communications department.

And until next time,

Stay productive, stay awesome!