• Andy

Why Project Spark?

When I was growing up in Salisbury I would have loved to have had something like Project Spark. I have always been interested in media, especially radio and TV, how it is made and always wondered what it would be like to do it for a job.

There wasn't anything, or not that I knew of, so I was confined to playing with my parent's video camera, a stills camera and an old tape recorder and microphone. I even made the odd radio show in my bedroom.

I was really unsure what to do with my life at 18, so after 6th form and a little bit of procrastination, I joined the army. I spent almost 6 years doing lots of interesting things and saw some parts of the world I otherwise wouldn't have, but it wasn't for me. What followed was a technical career, but this also allowed me to pursue my hobby and I quickly developed skills as was soon producing content for football clubs and finding my work on the local TV news.

From here, I was lucky enough to give up my career and do what I should have probably done at 18 and went to University. One of the best decisions I have made and has helped lead me to here. I have produced and directed a TV show, had content featured on local commercial radio, national BBC radio and local TV channels as well as working for a championship football club and the English FA.

Having built up over 10 years of experience, I now want to give the young people of Salisbury and South Wiltshire the chance to learn and play within the world of media, like I wish I could have - that comes in the form of Project Spark.

I the workshops give the young creative people of Salisbury an exciting new outlet to learn new skills, make new friends and get to use professional-level equipment.

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