What did you see yourself doing when you were a kid?
I wanted to be an actor like my mum and dad! My mum was a stage actor in Oxford at the Playhouse and my dad was in TV and films. But then I realised I preferred the other side of the camera, and that set me off on my journey of getting into TV.
If you weren’t a motion director, what do you think you’d be?
A tramp – ha ha ha! I have no idea, I am quite loud and a little rough around the edges, so I think I’d be a good tradesman.
What made you choose this career path? How did you get to where you are today?
So, from fifteen I worked for a small production company as their runner and that lit the flame of ambition for me. I wanted to work for ITV. I went and studied Art, and then Media, and landed a job as the first male News Assistant in ITV. Basically, I timed live programmes and made sure they ran to time. In my 10 years at ITV I was Senior Editor, Entertainment Reporter, and Producer. I then spent 15 years freelancing in film, editing and production for some huge brand names. And all that eventually led me to Torpedo.
What’s your favourite memory of working at Torpedo to date?
Filming for 24 hours in Norway (with a great team) and racing to catch our flight. The main route to the airport was blocked and we took a 23-mile detour which included a ferry crossing and some comedy driving. I literally threw the keys at the rental company, but we made the flight, just.
When your OOO is on, what are you likely to be doing?
Playing bass in Britain’s worst covers band called ‘Hard on Ya Ears!’.
What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever been given?
Be you, be nice and enjoy what you do. And work hard, of course!!