SAE London hosted a Creative Futures panel event on 4 July, which was a great chance for the incoming September freshers to get to know one another and network with industry professionals before their respective courses have even started.
The speakers were Francesca Pesce (Animation), Nicholas Brown and Shayo Three (Film), Sam Wickens (Audio), Erik di Biase (Games Programming), Natacha Poletti (Web Development) and ShaoDow (Music Business).
Erik di Biase is a recent graduate, who is now a game developer currently working for Gamar Ltd, focusing on AR development for smartphones and Hololens devices using Unity's powerful tools. He said: “There has never been a better time to get involved in virtual reality, especially for game developers, which just like me happen to be in the midst of this uprising technology, that is continuously evolving and just asking to be explored.”
Expert Animator Francesca Pesce works at Blue-Zoo Animation, a multi BAFTA-winning production studio. She studied CG in Italy in 2009 and moved to London in 2010 where she started working as a freelancer and later joined Blue-zoo as compositor, before taking on her current role of Post Supervisor.
Chris Gowing, who is excited to start studying Game Art and Animation in September, said: “It was so informative and really helped calm my nerves hearing everyone's story and listening to their advice.”
Film students got to hear from two experts, with Nick Brown and Shayo Three from Rosegold Group. Nick is a Camera Operator/Editor who has worked with artists such as Jammer and Ritor, and brands such as Lexus. He has produced his own short films and co-runs Rosegold Group, a multi-media production house which produces films, music videos, adverts, online content and documentaries along with Shayo Three.
Nick said: “Creativity is truly a gift, but to make it in your career, simply having the gift is not enough.”
Shayo Three is a musician/director/editor who has worked with Skepta, Davido and Dappy and produced a number of documentaries, including one on Boko Haram which premiered at the BFI. He studied Film at SAE before completing an MA in Music Business from UWL. He founded Rosegold Group as well as Alte Daily, an online platform that promotes alternative African culture through original content and external content.
Shayo said: “If you’re not here to be one of the greatest in your field, you shouldn’t be here at all. Drive will take you further than talent.”
Someone with drive in abundance is Music Business expert, ShaoDow (Shaa-ow-dough). He is a professional rapper and manga author who scooped the 2017 AIM Award for Hardest Working Artist. He has self-released three albums, which have sold more than 25,000 copies, and has opened for the likes of Wiley, Ghetts, Stormzy, Skepta and more, while his live shows have taken him across the UK, Europe and Asia. He was also recently invited into Parliament to speak on behalf of grassroots music venues across the country.
ShaoDow said: “I had a great time at the Creative Futures Panel. It was awesome to be on a panel with so many other talented professionals from different disciplines.”
Graduating from SAE London in early 2016, Sam Wickens broke into radio at London’s Capital FM and Capital Xtra with an internship later that year. He went on to become Assistant Audio Producer for two years. Sam now works for the BBC as a Producer for the Pop Hub Station Sound team, creating radio imaging for BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6 Music and Asian network.
Sam said: “My education from SAE gave me the foundation I needed to excel once I had an opportunity in the workplace. The skills I learned at SAE allowed me to progress quickly once I had my foot in the door at Capital FM, allowing me to knock on the door of a full time position quickly. Without my education from SAE, I wouldn’t have understood many audio and sound principles that are part of everyday work at a radio station.”
"I RETAINED SOME GREAT ADVICE FROM THE PANEL SUCH AS 'IF YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE, YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL NO MATTER WHAT' OR 'COMMIT YOURSELF, ENJOY WHAT YOU'RE DOING, AND YOU WILL SEE RESULTS'."
- KARIM ANDRADE, SOON-TO-BE AUDIO PRODUCTION STUDENT
Two students who are excited to get their hands on the consoles and mixing desks at SAE London in September told us what they thought of the panel event.
Karim Andrade said: "It was a fantastic and inspirational event, I really enjoyed it. I retained some great advice from the panel such as ‘If you surround yourself with the right people, you will be successful no matter what’ or ‘Commit yourself, enjoy what you're doing, and you will see results.’”
Karim’s soon-to-be fellow classmate, Joe Exler, said: “The Creative future panel was really helpful to get an insight into the success stories of SAE and to help you understand the opportunities in the different industries. The panel also helped motivate you to make the most of your studies.”
Natacha Poletti is a Client Integration Engineer at CONVERSANT, a leading digital marketing company based in Putney. She completed her Bachelor's (BSc) First Class (Hons) Degree in Web Development from SAE London in 2018. An all-round creative, Natacha is also a freelance web developer and photographer. Our students really benefited from her freelance advice.
We’re glad that all the students are excited to get stuck in come September and look forward to seeing their faces on campus again soon.
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