Nineteen-year-old former Level 3 TV & Film Production learner, Bryony Smith, has beaten over 2000 applicants, gaining a coveted job with Endemol UK, one of the UKs largest TV production companies.
Former Healing School student Bryony went through the long application process and attended an interview at Channel 4 Headquarters in London. She will now be starting her new career in Shepherds Bush in October as a Trainee Production Coordinator. Bryony said:
“I’ll be going through training with a company called Think Bigger while working with Endemol. I actually had three interviews with three separate companies but I thought the Endemol interview was my worst out of the three, I cried when they rang me to tell me that I’d got the job.
I’ll probably start off doing running and Production Secretary work on location, in the studio and in the offices doing pre-production. Being at the Institute has prepared me because it does everything from pre-production to post production and it’s very practical. I’d done a Film Studies course somewhere else but it was more theory based, and could never prepare you for a training scheme like this course has.
Endemol UK are responsible for some of the most popular TV programmes including Big Brother, Benidorm, 8 Out of 10 Cats and 10 0’Clock Live. Grimsby Institute’s Curriculum Leader for Level 3 TV & Film, Dan Nelson, added: “Successes like this are rare from a Level 3 course as normally a learner would go on to university, so for Bryony to go and find this position is a testament to her and to vocational education and what it can do for young people.
Bryony has had the opportunity to work on shoots, work with Estuary TV and on film productions and it’s this which has ultimately made the difference.
Bryony, who hopes to one day become a Film Producer Bryony continued: “I think Endemol were looking to give me a chance and I think they wanted a Trainee that they could mould into what they wanted. Because they’re such a big company they have said they will give me experience in as many formats as possible, which means I’ll be able to decide what I like working on.”