Colin Lennox

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Colin Lennox

Producer, Director

From programmes 'When Piers met Lord Sugar and Sir Cliff' to 'Kirsty and Phil's Holidays Uncovered' Colin has been writing, producing and directing for over fourteen years.  Read his advice and put it into practice, it's brilliant.

Head down and focus

Work hard - but enjoy it

No matter how lowly the level you start at - take pride in it, shine at it and do it with a big fat smile on your face!

No body ever says; 'That girl/boy - over there, huffing around and getting away with doing the bare minimum - I like them!  I want to give them a chance'

You know more than you think you do

Just because your experience isn't directly related to 'the media' - don't think it isn't useful.

Every daft, apparently irrelevant job I have ever done has taught me something useful that I can bring to projects.  All experience is valuable, so do not discount it - being perceptive,  genuinely curious and interested in people and the world around you is a transferable skill that makes any career more interesting and rewarding for you and I think, makes for better programme makers.

Do it your own way

There is a straight route into the career you fancy but it's not the only way.  There is a great deal to be learned and enjoyed a long the way so don't miss out on developing or discovering new skills that you didn't know you had or would enjoy.

You might still end up where you saw yourself in the first place but you'll most likely be better at it.

What was your first job?

I became a researcher for the BBC working on the Edinburgh Festival coverage. At the time I didn't realise that my working knowledge of the Edinburgh Fringe from the inside might be useful but I think that swung the gig for me.

It was officially the best job I had ever had in my life - ever! I was so inamoured with the job and my new colleagues that I very reluctantly went home every day. I didn't know exactly what I was doing but I worked at it with everything I had. I gave up my full time job for the 6 week contract because I assumed it would lead directly to a life of BBC advancement. It didn't. When my contract was up - so was my television career and I went back to free-lance Press and Publicity.

I did apply for a lot of Researcher jobs after that and didn't get any of them. What I did get was a number of very kind phone calls from those interviews. Most of them said that they had liked me immensely but had gone with someone with more experience - however, they would keep me in mind and suggest me to colleagues. Within a year I was offered a job from one of those recommendations and I have never looked back. 


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