Studying Entertainment Business Management can lead you in a variety of directions, which Michelle Brown, Melbourne JMC Academy graduate knows all to well, now working as a Producer at Princess Pictures.
Michelle joined Princess Pictures in 2014 as an executive assistant, and has now developed her career further and into producing. Currently Michelle is a producer on a new and exciting documentary series for ABC3, My Year 12 Life
set to air in early 2017. Previously she worked on Open Slather, a sketch comedy series for the Comedy Channel, which scored Foxtel’s highest ever rated series launch.
We chatted to her to find out more about what it’s like working in the industry.
So tell us how you got your current role?
Through my studies at JMC, I was introduced to a producer in the industry who was looking for an Executive Assistant for his TV production company. I was offered the job and after a few months, he merged with another production company to create a sketch comedy program. At a meeting for the show when I was asked what I had studied, I took the opportunity to speak up and be noticed.
I walked out of that meeting as the Executive Assistant for all three of the Executive Producers of that show. I was very busy! But I learnt a lot along the way. I was very grateful to work for a company that encouraged up and coming talent and recognised passion and hard work. I expressed interest in a new show that was in development and landed the job as Talent Producer on a new documentary series.
What are your favourite things about working in the industry?
I’m a big believer in creating content with purpose and in my current role I get to tell real stories about real people and I find it extremely rewarding. No two days are the same and the best part is spending my days with people who are just as excited and passionate about what they do as I am. I get to be creative everyday and I wake up excited to go to my job.
How do you believe JMC helped you prepare for the industry?
JMC played a huge role in preparing me for this industry. The intimate class settings allow for more one on one focused learning and a lot of my tutors were still active in the entertainment industry and had up to date first hand knowledge. I found their personal experience invaluable and something extra I wouldn’t have found in a textbook.
What were your favourite things about the course?
I really enjoyed that with my course at JMC, the assignments were based around real life situations, so the work I was completing would prove beneficial when applied in the outside world.
I also loved that there was a lot of opportunity for work experience and internships at JMC and all of my tutors were more than happy to help me achieve them.
What advice would you give to current students looking to succeed in the industry?
Jump into the course whole-heartedly. I loved the content and what I was learning, so naturally I was engaged in all of my classes. I asked questions, contributed in conversations and took opportunities to volunteer and gain work experience when I could. If you apply yourself, listen to your tutors and look for extra opportunities, you’ll land yourself a job in the industry at the end of your studies.
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