NFTS Stories: “Studying at the NFTS has helped me gain a whole load of technical skills”

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NFTS Stories: “Studying at the NFTS has helped me gain a whole load of technical skills”

Meera Patel – Directing & Producing Television Entertainment MA Graduate

Welcome to our latest NFTS story, a series of blogs featuring our alumni talking about where they were before they came to the School and where they are now (follow the series by using the #NFTSSTories hashtag across Twitter and Instagram). Meera graduated from the Directing & Producing Television Entertainment MA in 2017 and is now working on Gogglebox as Archive Researcher.

What were you doing before applying to the NFTS? Before applying to the NFTS, I was working in Sports PR. I had graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in History and Film. I then worked for Team GB for two years on the London 2012 Olympics specialising in online video content creation and social media management. I really enjoyed the video creation side which is part of what inspired me to pursue my career in television.

What are you doing now? Now, I am currently working for Studio Lambert on Gogglebox as the Archive Researcher. I have done two series of this and will return later in the year to do a third. Before that I worked as a Junior Archive Researcher at Zeppotron on 8 Out of 10 Cats and briefly as a Casting Assistant at Betty TV for The Undateables. 

How has studying at the NFTS helped you in your journey to your current career? Studying at the NFTS has helped me gain a whole load of technical skills such as learning to edit and self-shoot as well as having the invaluable opportunity to meet and be taught by inspirational industry experts.

What advice would you give to an aspiring NFTS student? The advice I would give to an aspiring NFTS student is do it! You won't regret it! 

If you were stranded on a desert island, which film, TV boxset or video game would you take? If I was stranded on a desert island, I would take... the TV boxset of Planet Earth (hopefully I can have I & II!) It has everything you need drama, comedy, stunning photography, an epic soundtrack and the incomparable narration of Sir David Attenborough, I would never get bored watching it over and over again.

If you would like to follow in Meera’s footsteps, applications are open for the Directing and Producing Television Entertainment MA until the 13th September – apply at www.nfts.co.uk/tvent