Hair – from TV to online tutorials

I don’t blog often about my BBC day job, but recently I was involved in something pretty special that you all need to check out. A new BBC Three show called Hair starts on Tuesday 25th Feb, at 9pm, which you should all watch a) because it’s hair-tastic, and b) I guarantee you’ll be inspired to be more creative with your beautiful tassels. And if you are… there are some pretty special online hair tutorials videos which you can watch to get some tips and tricks. I lent my blonde barnet to the crew and was filmed as hair model for one of the YouTube videos.

Hair model


The tutorial I was in was the backwards plait & bun, made by the lovely Katie, which looks gorge. The great thing about my tutorial is that you can also do yourself it at home. Yes… REALLY! Look, I’ve just done it on myself, messy style.

Upside down plait bun

I’m also really liking modern beehive and the fishtail plait tutorials, I’m going to give those a whirl next party time. I’d love to hear if the videos (or the show) inspired you to re-create the styles at home, drop me a comment if so!

Reading & Leeds Festival, social tv style

This is a work related post from me, one of the few I make on this blog; not because I don’t get up to exciting things, but because I work on so many projects at any one time that it would be too much of an overload to share all the exciting online things that I make and do at the Beeb. This August bank holiday weekend I got the chance to work on the social media for my first BBC live event, Reading + Leeds Festival for BBC Three. My role was to shoot the photography at festival site out and about with Jen Long during the day, take image soundtracks of the performances in the afternoon to promote later, and shoot Fearne Cotton, Greg James and any interviewees that were popping in for a chat by night. It was a brilliant weekend, full of brainstorming for social ideas, lots of drawings, social games and most importantly learning of what really happens behind the scenes at live events. Here’s a few of the images that I took during the weekend, but you should take a look at the album on the BBC Three facebook page, as well as some of the picks in an album on the Radio 1 website. Can’t wait to do my next live event!

Greg and Fearne with those all important graphics

BBC Three - Reading + Leeds Festival - The Kaiser Chief's post jacket

Post jacket swapping with the Kaiser Cheifs

BBC Three - Reading + Leeds Festival - Foo Fighter Dollars

Foo Fighter Dollars flew into the sky during the Foo’s headline set. I caught a few!

BBC Three - Reading + Leeds Festival - Ultimate Kasabian superfan

We the crew drew a picture of the ultimate Kasabian superfan which proved pretty popular

BBC Creative Internships – eternal applications

I have just spent the last two days pouring my soul into a 1500 word description of my employability for work experience. I know too well this is the just the beginning of many internship applications, interviews and disappointments… this ladies and gentlemen, is the end of studentdom, and the beginning of cold hard life.

I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. I was wise enough to know some time ago to get as much experience under my belt as possible, so that when D-day came, I wouldn’t be scared. While most third years I know have caught ‘the fear’ good and proper, I am embracing the prospect of working 9-5 with both arms and a cheeky smile.

I can’t deny that that the two days I have spent applying the BBC creative internship scheme haven’t been a  little gut wrenching. While there are 12 schemes to apply for (I went for 5), each has to be done separately. I chose the easy option and wrote a script in word for some extreme Ctrl+ action, which is generally favoured against, but I did specify in the initial question why I chose that particular placement, putting more effort and a general ‘pick me!’ attitude across in the BBC Three and Blast Website places.

This was the final statement, saying why I should be a BBC creative trainee. Modesty is not my strong point.

I feel I have a range of skills I would be beneficial this department; great communication and time management skills, the ability to think on my feet and generate ideas, bags of enthusiasm and self motivation to succeed. I am confident, bubbly, have an infectious sense of humour and above all, am creative. I work well under pressure, never crumbling before a deadline, but I always play as hard as I work afterwards. I am a keen cultural discoverer, try to read and absorb as much as I can, as well as sharing my findings with as many people as possible. I would relish the opportunity to share my discoveries with the public.

I know that the opportunity to work for the BBC would be a fantastic opportunity that I would throw myself into to get the best possible experience. I am willing to try my hand to anything, willing to step outside of my comfort zone, because I know that these situations are where creativity thrives.