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This newly found passion for audio resulted in me meeting with my local MP for a one on one audio interview. I recorded it in my own time and the content wasn’t for any of my course units; I genuinely just enjoyed recording audio interviews and wanted to do more. I also have a lot of experience presenting to camera, so I enjoyed adapting these skills and putting them into practise with audio and improving my presenting voice. This interview impressed my MP so much that she invited me to shadow her at Westminster to record some more audio there. I was thrilled. Looking ahead to my final year project in the third year of my course, I knew this opportunity could prove incredibly useful if I wanted to produce a radio documentary. After a lot of thought and planning, I decided to go ahead with the Westminster visit and incorporate this opportunity into my final year project where I would be producing and presenting a radio documentary investigating young people and politics. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Westminster and I learnt so, so much while I was there. However, there were only a few, select areas of the Houses of Parliament that I was allowed to record audio in. This made it difficult to get enough content for my documentary. In addition, getting interviews was incredibly difficult. Everyone was very happy to talk to me and answer my questions, but as soon as I asked if I could record our conversation, they refused and the discussion came to an abrupt halt. It was very difficult. I was in a situation where I had significantly developed my skills in recording audio, but now there was nothing for me to record! To ensure the day didn’t go to waste, I recorded wild tracks of each room I passed through which I will be able to use in the edit to create a good soundscape. I also took pages and pages of notes, detailing every minute of my day, so that I could transform these notes into a voiceover script at a later date and tell the story of my visit and everything I learnt. In order to prevent a repeat of this in the future, I recently sought advice from Margaret Emsley, Head of News for ITV in Yorkshire, on how to improve my technique and make interviewees feel more comfortable in giving me a recorded statement. She said that often, it has very little to do with a journalist’s skills, it is simply the nature of the job to hear a lot of “no”s; it’s the ability to search elsewhere for the same story and remaining persistent that will make a good journalist. To move forward with this documentary, I’m organising meetings with MPs on days that are convenient to them and pre warning them that I am intending to record audio in the hope that I can get more content that way than I did visiting Westminster. Back at university, we were working on producing two live TV shows to be broadcast on our student run television channel, CCI TV. For both of these shows, I had volunteered to be the sound mixer as part of my mission to master the art of audio. For our second show in the University’s brand new White Swan TV Studio, I spent a lot of time talking to studio technician Matt Saxey who was more than willing to talk me through the basic physics of sound. By understanding more about sound waves and particularly the frequencies of the human voice, I was able to manipulate the sound I was recording using the mixing desk to create the best quality output. Now, as I approach the end of my second year on this course, my attitude towards sound has completely changed from the previous year. My lack of understanding and fear of error used to fuel my dislike of audio, but now, with a broader knowledge of sound and more experience, I love working with audio and it has become a newly found passion of mine. I joined this course looking to go into television, and now I’m also equally as interested in entering the world of radio. I have successfully turned something I avoided into something I love. KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 113 MAY 2016 | 43