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The future is bright... Readers of tv-bay will know of our commitment to the educational and training establishments around the UK with, after 70 issues, many former students now out at work in the industry with a copy of tv-bay under their arm! You’ll also recall that we “followed” Emma for 18 months when she decided not to take her place at university and go with “on the job” training. There were highs and lows and a great insight into this alternative route into the business. With close ties to Ravensbourne we wanted, for the next year, to follow some students in their final year as they complete their studies, embark on work experience and turn their training into employment. Just what the future holds is anyone’s guess but in this first article I’d like to introduce you to the class of 2013… Ruth Matos My name is Ruth Matos, 35 years old. I was born in Sao Paulo-Brazil, spent my childhood in a small town in the middle of Amazon called Jari. Later I moved to Portugal with my family, where I studied accounting in secondary school. Not happy with my educational choice I decided to try different jobs, from nursing to receptionist but none of that seemed to satisfy me. One day I started watching a programme about the making of Hollywood films. This programme inspired me and introduced me to the world of making film and television. I started researching and found out about a post-production course in Lisbon. I did a year course there and got a job as video editor in a production company where I worked for two years. I had good time there but I wasn’t entirely satisfied, so I decided to come to England to progress in my career. Life in England was much harder than my expectations, I had to do other jobs in order to pay the bills and save some money. Yet, keen to progress I decided to do a course in video editing in India. It was the only place I could really afford. I lived there for couple of months and made some films and documentaries. It was then I realized 48 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE that I enjoyed production more than post- production. I returned to England with high hopes, thinking that the industry will open its gates to me. Well…that didn’t happen. I applied for many jobs but I was either rejected or ignored, it was really disheartening. With my persistence and great support from my partner I went back to studies, but this time in England. We thought that having a British academic background would give me more options. I wanted to go to a top university but I wasn’t ready. I had been out of education for a while and not up to date with technological developments of the industry. I enrolled on the BTEC course in Filmmaking at Westminster Adult Education Services (WAES). I thought this course could give me a good platform to apply for a prestigious university. The course proved to be the right choice, I got admitted at Ravensbourne. Now I am in the final year of my BA course in Production. I have made and collaborated in number of short films, music videos and documentaries and was privileged to work as a camera assistant during the London 2012 Olympic Games.