Just before leaving the film school, Jamie managed to get a two-week work experience placement with one of our Industry Partners - Back2back Productions. Through his work experience placement on The World's Deadliest Weather (Nat Geo), Jamie landed a full-time role as a production runner on the show for a two-month period.
During this role, Jamie realised he wanted to be more creatively involved and made a move into the editorial side of television production, securing the position of junior researcher on an upcoming series Outrageous Weddings (Channel 7 Australia).
Since then, Jamie has been promoted to the role of researcher/casting researcher, acquiring experience on numerous productions such as Scrap Kings (Discovery), Help! My House is Haunted (Really) Unexplained: Caught on Camera (Really), Scrap Kings (Series 4) and The Royals Revealed (Channel 5).
What were the most valuable skills you gained at Screen and Film School?
"I would say the most valuable skill I learned at film school was the ability to work as part of a functioning team with different personalities. In creative industries, you'll often just be thrown into a situation with people you've never worked with previously, so the ability to gel quickly with the rest of the team is key in achieving not only high quality work but also to obtain future work opportunities."
What advice would you offer current students at Screen and Film School?
"My advice to current students would be to try and nail down as early as possible exactly what you want your career to look like and what field you'd like to specialise in. I found this could only be achieved by trial and error and making sure I had a go at as many roles on a production as possible.
Also, everyone I knew was always excited by the prospect of freelancing, but I wasn't comfortable not knowing where my next pay-check was coming from. Television production proved a good fit for me, as it ensured steady work and a regular pay-check, yet still provided flexibility as I could move productions every couple of months to keep the work fresh and interesting."
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