Charlie Wainwright, Researcher

Charlie Wainwright, Researcher

What was your path into film and TV?

TV is a window to the world for so many people. Due to ill health in my teenage years my TV was the only opportunity I had to experience the world, different channels could transport me from my bed and across the world. My passion for TV and story telling compelled me to study Journalism at Leeds Trinity University and chase work experience throughout my studies.

Since graduating in Summer 2018, I worked for two months as a Broadcast Journalist for That’s TV York before joining Air TV in Oct 2018.

Charlie Wainwright, Researcher

What are some recent projects that you've worked on in Yorkshire?

I’m part of the consenting team liaising with patients across Yorkshire for Air TV’s two emergency series, Helicopter ER and 999: Rescue Squad. Both series have me travelling all across the region visiting patients and discussing their medical intervention which may later appear in one of our shows. Following their incidents I contact the patients, once they’re hopefully feeling better, and discuss the programmes with them. Sometimes myself and my colleague interview individuals who are willing to share even more of their story.

Tell us about any particular highlights or any notable challenges that you have overcome during your career in the industry?

Every day in factual TV is different which makes it so rewarding! A huge highlight for me recently has been starting to self shoot. Creative industries offer such a great opportunity to try many different career paths within one industry and as I’m just at the start of my career in TV I’m enjoying experimenting with different areas of production. Shooting my first bit of actuality was nerve wracking but now I can’t wait to get back out there when it’s safe to do so.

Do you have any advice for people starting out in the industry generally or your department in particular?

Network as much as you can and watch lots of TV! Getting your foot in the door can be a daunting and difficult task and often a lot of the skills you need are learnt on the job – which is why work experience is so important too. I’d always advise people to get your name out there, attend networking events and make sure you’re watching lots of TV so you can have something to talk about! I’d also recommend building up a portfolio of work to show potential employers – prove your passion is consistent!

How do you think the production landscape has changed in the region over the past 5 years?

Yorkshire has quickly become a highly regarded location for TV production. The growth of regional companies and the arrival of Channel 4 will only see the region’s creative industries expand even more. The region’s growth has been exciting and consistent, it’s definitely not going to slow down anytime soon! Who knows where we’ll be in another five years.

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