A look back at our past apprentices and a chance to see what they are up to now!
Osian is currently a Technical Assistant and Drone Operator and is working for the BBC.
1. Where was your first placement with Sgil Cymru?
My first placement was for the factual department with The One Show VT Team in Cardiff. At the time, it was BBC Cymru but it’s now known as BBC Studios. I helped research potential stories and helped with getting the kit ready for those stories.
2. When was the moment that things began to fall into place? That you knew you were in the right place?
On my first placement with The One Show, we were filming a story I’d set up in Bath on the Box Tunnel. I learnt how the kit worked and met people who were eager to share their stories. And that was the moment I realised I wanted to do camera work. I was asked to collect GV’s for another film. Back in the editing suite, the director was happy with my work – that’s when I knew that camera work was what I wanted to do in the future.
3. What’s the biggest obstacle you think you’ve overcome either during or following on from your apprenticeship?
I think the biggest thing I’ve overcome is finding my self-confidence within the work and to start believing in myself. In this industry, it’s easy to lose your confidence and to second guess what you’re doing, especially when you compare it to other people’s work as well as their expectations for that work.
4. What’s the best piece of advice you were given as an apprentice?
‘Just do it’. If you want to work with the camera, take pictures or film stuff in your spare time.
5. What advice would you give to someone starting out as an apprentice?
Listen to the people who are around you on your placement. They all want to help, and they want you to succeed. If you have a question or don’t understand something, don’t be afraid to ask, everyone understands you’re there to learn.