October 14th, 2021
Noodles and/or Cassava
Together by KAYTRANADA
Hrs of sleep needed to function
8 (to limit the sass)
This week, we want you to get to know our technical producer Kat a little better! Kat is currently nearing the end of her studies in Writing, Directing and Performing at the University of York. Through her time at university, Kat learned how to create 'pandemic friendly theatre' that was not only in person, but showcased the ability to reach a wider and more global audience. This was extremely important to her, as it meant that her parents living abroad could see her work. Her university career has set her up, somewhat unexpectedly but still perfectly, for a career in virtual and remote working.
What is your role at Tell and how long have you worked with us?
“I think the best summary of my job is that I offer the company a range of services, from technical production to content creation. I often balance my efforts between producing and training employees and freelancers to operate shows. I think our clients trust both my technical and producing knowledge, relying on my skills to get the best out of their events as I understand both the production side and technicality of virtual events!”
Tell us a little bit about your journey into the tech / production industry.
“I've always dabbled in tech, through Media GCSE, photography, and weekend Radio classes at The BRIT School. I specifically remember a time when we had to make our own music video, which really set in stone what I wanted to do. Since then, I've always tried to stay in tech in some way, whether that be outside of my studies or not.
At university, I started out by producing theatre, though soon ventured into lighting and sound design. When the pandemic hit halfway through my degree, we had to learn how to produce theatre online. By learning the world of binaural audio, OBS and camera cutting, I started to gain an interest in developing theatre more technically. Working through Wild Swimming by Marek Horn and studying texts like Cleansed by Sarah Kane was the pinnacle for me in realising just how much I enjoyed design and technology. From having to patch my first green screen, to playing around with zoom and multi camera layouts, I was able to really hone in on my tech skills. It was perfect for working with Tell just a few months later.”
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received in life?
"Your attitude determines your success" (Maris’ Dad)
Tell us a little bit about your personal/professional development goals and how Tell is helping you to achieve or practice them.
“I think Tell really helps its employees [to develop themselves professionally]. I have learnt so many skills in my life, and arriving at Tell has enabled me to put almost every one of these skills to use. I have never been the type of person to want to stop learning new skills, and Tell always offers me something new in terms of professional development.
I’ve always avoided environments that do not accept change or welcome fresh ideas because, then, how are you ever going to grow? The freedom to do this is the best thing that Tell has given me. Most importantly I think Tell is an incredible space for a woman starting out in tech and creates an ideal environment to learn about the industry in its new and old form. It gives you the tools to change and develop tech.”
What film would be greatly improved if it was turned into a musical?
“Princess Bride or Kill Bill would make great musicals”
What is your favourite meme?
“I know I’m cheating, but it’s the vine “2 shots of vodka...glug glug”
Kat is an incredible addition to the Tell team. She has gone from strength to strength, proving her commitment and contribution to Tell, and has quickly earned more responsibilities. Some days we think we would be lost without Kat’s practical and precise approach to work. Kat has proven herself to be an incredibly quick learner, and though she describes her process as ‘organised chaos’, all her teammates see is her working magic.