Tara Takes Next Step

Freelance editor, Tara Wyllie becomes the third recruit on Sgil Cymru’s Stepping Up programme.

Sgil Cymru’s Stepping Up programme is a rare opportunity for professionals already working in the industry to advance in their career, and also for those highly trained qualified specialists who want to move across to TV. The programme is tailored to the individual according to their needs, and each participant will undertake a placement or course lasting up to 10 weeks, receiving a training allowance for the entire period.

For her bespoke Stepping Up programme Tara will attend a number of courses allowing her to step up from a Final Cut Pro Editor to an Avid Editor. Having worked as a Freelance Editor for a few years Tara realised that she would need to be trained in Avid as this is the industry standard for editing software.

Tara said:

I’m really looking for something that will help me take the next step up from trainee and more junior positions, to higher level roles as a fully certified Avid Editor. I would like to develop my skills, and become more qualified which I hope will help me in gaining more opportunities as an Editor in the drama industry in Wales.

Before gaining a place on Stepping Up Tara had been working with a number of clients as an Offline Editor, as well as expanding on her post-production skills in her own time.

Tara started in the industry as a Marketing Trainee for the BBC in 2009. Throughout her time with the BBC Tara was able to gain experience within the different production departments. Her experiences included working as a Runner on ‘Doctor Who Proms’, shadowing the Script Supervisor on ‘Pobol y Cwm’ and sitting in on online edits. Following her experience in the post-production suite, Tara realised that she wanted to become an Editor. In 2011 Tara set herself up as a Freelance Producer/ Editor.

As well as working as a Freelance Producer/ Editor Tara has worked as an assistant to the production team on a variety of television programmes including ‘The Only Way is Essex’ and ‘Celebs Go Dating’.

Tara said:

Working on these productions gave me a great insight into what goes on before I get the rushes as an Editor. Which I think is really important to know how to help the whole post production process run a lot smoother.

Do you want to step in your career? Whether you’re a Production Secretary wanting to step up to Production Coordinator, an AD wanting to move up a grade, we want to hear from you. Tell us what you need for your step up and why.

Please send up to 200 words about yourself and a copy of your CV to lisa@sgilcymru.com.

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