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So you think you’re a ‘Multimedia Journalist/Producer’? Seems from their websites every young photographer is these days. Good. Now you want to move from saying you are one, to being paid to be one, right?
I remember, almost twelve years ago, when I got my dream job as a documentary producer at BBC Radio 4. I was 24. I made it the hard(ish) way; self-funding radio features whilst washing dishes in a Liverpool Cafe and living in the store-cupboard. That was the perfect way to learn, because every project was a labor of love, an adventure in storytelling.
I was very lucky to be mentored by two wonderful people at Radio Merseyside, Steve Williams and Angela Heslop. They gave me their time (and formidable talent) because they believed in me. The work got me noticed and the rest is history, but without them (and many, many others) I’m sure I would not be sat here writing this. Wherever I’ve had success, or worked successfully through failures, I’ve been part of a great team.
For a few years after I got the job at Radio 4 when people asked me what I did I felt embarrassed to say that I was a documentary/features producer, as if I was a fraud, as if I didn’t deserve it. In my head I was still the kid who washes dishes by day and makes radio features by night. And that feeling drove me to get better and better at what I do.
It’s never been easy because I don’t have much natural talent. Actually I don’t think any of the great producers I worked with really did. I think the fact that it was almost always a struggle to produce good work kept them hungry, kept them sharp and most importantly kept their minds open. I mean once you think you’re the best at something then there’s no reason to listen to anyone, right?
This year we have taken on jobs in Bangladesh (twice), Holland, Canada, Indonesia, Belper, Edinburgh, Malawi, Zimbabwe, London (and probably a few other places I’ve forgotten). We’ve completed projects for companies like the BBC, The Times of London, the British Council, Oxfam, World Fish Centre and others. Already for next year we have four radio documentaries and photo-films for the BBC commissioned, a film for the British Council, training and production for ILRI in Kenya (amongst other stuff). It is a very exciting time to be working for duckrabbit.
Do you want part of that action? Do want the chance to travel to some of the most interesting places on the planet? Do you also have a passion for teaching? Do you get a buzz out of seeing others succeed because you’ve helped nurture and inspire them?
If the answer is yes to all those questions then you want to work for a company like duckrabbit. You won’t get financially rich (you’ll have to take a risk and start your own company for that) but if you’re good and work hard you’ll get the opportunity to take on some of the most interesting production work out there.
I’m looking for an assistant producer to be based here in Birmingham. You’ll be ambitious, hard working and like everyone else in the company not too proud to wash dishes. If you’re ready, follow the the instructions in the document below and put in an application.
Click here to view the full job description and application process (When taken through to the next page click on the link to download the word doc).
If you’re not ready, but your ambition is to at some point in the future to grab such an opportunity, here’s my advice: take ‘multimedia journalist’ off your website until you’ve produced something worthy of that title. Get some training ( doesn’t have to be with duckrabbit, but without training and support I would never have been able to make my first radio docos). Wash dishes for a while and in the meantime make a couple of films that are so good no-one who sees them will have a need to look at your CV.