Today we are joined by our Creative Services Manager, Luke, to talk us through all things from Pimpin’ Rides to being Duncan from Blue’s daytime doppelgänger (to cover his hangovers we assume) on the Channel 4 set!
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Duncan’s Luke’s story…
1. Pot Washer – Michelin-Starred Restaurant, Leicestershire
This was my first ever job at the age of 16. I had to bike six miles (each way) to get there, started and 5:00PM and finished at 11:00PM for £2.50 per hour. You’ve got to start somewhere I suppose?
LESSON: A perk was that the chef let us eat the leftovers. However, waiting until the chef says you can eat the leftovers is probably a good idea… One dish that I thought had just come back in, was in fact supposed to go out for service. Ooops!
2. Runner at Pop World – Channel 4, London
After moving to London after university I was fortunate to land a job as a Runner. A lot of the guests I worked with were in fact some of my favourite artists, (Stereophonics, Coldplay, The Streets) so as a 23-year-old, it was just incredible!
LESSON: I learned to stop dying my hair blonde… An early start one morning we were shooting with the boyband Blue. I was in the Green Room and their manager walked in. I had my back to her, but I remember her shouting “… Jesus, you’re early, you were still in the pub at midnight.” I turned around for her to realise I was in fact NOT Duncan – one of the members of the band!
3. Access Services Supervisor – MTV Networks Europe, London
I did some freelance work for their Broadcast Services for a while and a role came up that was certainly very different but incredibly fulfilling. I was responsible for the seven MTV UK channels with regards to subtitles, sign language and audio description for the blind, deaf and hard of hearing. I produced signed versions of MTV Cribs, My Super Sweet 16, Newlyweds and Pimp My Ride to name a few.
LESSON: The greatest lesson in this role was learning sign language. I have my Level 1 British Sign Language Certification – not that I remember much nowadays!
4. Operations Manager – Jungle, Sydney
This was my first role back in a production company for some years. I worked on some of the best comedy in Australia from TV Commercials to the award-winning TV series ‘A Moody Christmas’ that also broadcast on SKY1.
LESSON: To be humble and incredibly grateful for being able to work with some of the best comedy producers and directors in the business and to be able to call these people my friends.
5. Creative Services Manager – Method Studios, Sydney
After getting back into the production game, I moved more into post-production and worked for the biggest facility in Sydney before moving back to the UK, where I was fortunate enough to work on a feature film.
LESSON: Getting to grips with 16 hour days – doing my day-to-day role alongside working on my first feature film as Post-Production Coordinator. Beware, this is a dark and controversial comedy.
Okay, MTV, you’ve seen Luke’s house, you’ve seen Luke’s cars… NOW GET OUTTA HERE!
Where next for Luke?