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February is where it’s at. by Emma Hay J anuary is an overrated time of year to make new years resolutions. There’s too much food, port and chocolate in the system to make wise decisions. February is where it’s at. I’ve never really been one for goals, especially work related ones. At college, though we were encouraged to think more for ourselves, all our time was dictated by the exams looming over us. However, now that I’m no longer in education, and am not working on a company that requires you to reach targets, my ‘goals’ are mine for the making. Firstly: I need a car. Now that I’ve finally passed my test and got my license, it’s time. As a freelancer, I’m limited as to how much work I can do, where and with who. I’m going to struggle to expand my client base without my own transport. I’ve also been contemplating what skills I should be learning. Again, as I have no course modules dictating my education, goals are useful. As much as I love to be busy, I am sometimes tempted by a ‘vegging’ day of movies and ice cream. You can never watch Avatar enough times. My editing skills are rudimentary (unless christmas themed) so I will be learning more about that this year. I’m incredibly fortunate to have met a brilliant editor at the MW3 launch and there’s always online tutorials! As for being on the job itself, I like being more on the production side, rather than stuck in with the kit. Call me bossy, I just like to be organised. 52 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE I also went up to Scotland for a shoot for Taylormade. I know nothing about golf. If I’m honest, I find it a bit boring. But this golf course was beautiful. We made it up there in time to see the sunrise. But it was incredibly cold! We used just the EX3, so I was on sound. Those headphones really helped to keep out the cold! One of the problems we had was that because the sun was so low, the shadow of us and the camera could have snuck into shot! As we didn’t have the option to shoot from another direction we just moved back and zoomed in. Sound wise, we only had two radio mics, it was my responsibility to make sure that there was no distorting in the sound. Or that the passing lawnmower didn’t interfere!   This month I also went to my very first awards event. I went with Lindsay from @mediakinetic with whom I’ve worked on many shoots - including the epic stream of the release of Modern Warfare 3. It was for this event that we were entered into two categories. We won one and was highly commended in the other. It really highlighted the invaluable nature of a talented and trusted team.  Another thing I’m looking forward to are the shows coming up with broadcastshow.com. Especially NAB. I’ve never been to America, let alone Las Vegas. I’ve been told that Vegas isn’t a correct representation of the rest of America (duh!) but I’m very excited all the same! As always please don’t hesitate to contact me on twitter - @ emmabeanies. Your comments and advice are so welcome. Commentaries Emma Hay. Freelance production assistant Since deciding not to take her place at Bournemouth University to study multimedia journalism and go instead with “on the job training” Tv-bay has been following Emma’s journey into the world of freelance production...