Creative Writing & Drama

October 2012

Where did you Study?

De Montfort University.

What did you Study?

Creative Writing and Drama.

What year did you Graduate?

2011

So we can feel more intimate, three words to describe your physical appearance.

Short. Stocky. Average.

What did you do when you left Uni? Be brutally honest! If you cried into a bowl of cereal every morning & treated your local pub like your favourite Uni nightclub, say so.

After Uni I originally wanted to go travelling; something I wanted to do before I started studying a degree, but knew if I took a year out, I’d never get round to Uni. Just before the end of Uni arrives and I’m planning to go travelling for a year, come back and do a masters, the government decides to bump all the fees up…

Travelling put on hold, again, I started a Masters of the Arts degree in Television Scriptwriting at De Montfort University.

What are you doing now and how long do you see yourself doing it for? Are you in your dream job? If not yet, what is this?

I am currently completing my masters, it is part time and runs for two years so I have completed year one and have just started the second year. I also work in a petrol station; nothing glamorous but it pays for the course and gives me a minimal amount to spend on other things.

I am writing for my community radio station: Huntingdon Community Radio. We are one of the only, if not the only, community radio station to have an ongoing weekly drama. It is called Huntsford and runs three times a week with an omnibus on Sundays. If you’re interested in listening then follow this link: http://www.hcrfm.co.uk/radio-drama/huntsford/listen-again-huntsford. It’s a shameless plug but it has got a lot of potential and is completely run by volunteers. We’ve been featured in the radio times!

I also participate in a couple of amateur dramatic groups!  In an ideal world I would be writing and acting for a living one day, the dream would be to support myself off writing or performing alone.

Do you think Uni has helped you to be where you are now?

Uni definitely helped me to be where I am today because it was through the Uni that I was introduced to the masters which is helping me immensely in my writing ability and is introducing me to a number of people who will hopefully help me in my career.

Describe your Uni experience? Did you face any obstacles? The positives, the negatives, reveal all. (Terrible lecturers can be anonymous!

In a word my Uni experience was fantastic! It was the first time I’d lived independently, I met so many amazing people and I learnt a thing or two, but had a lot of fun along the way. For me there were very few negatives and it was probably the best decision I ever made.

I was asked just the other day what the best decision I ever made was and it was a simple answer because the best decision I made was to choose to do creative writing. Originally I was going to do just drama or even drama and psychology but two days before I handed my application form in I found creative writing as a course and instantly knew it was what I wanted to do. I checked they did it at DMU and the rest as they say is history. It was the best decision because it opened so many more opportunities for me. Doing a joint was useful because it gave me an outlet if I wasn’t enjoying a topic or a module very much; I always knew there was something to look forward to. Off the back of doing creative writing I went on to start my masters which I am enjoying greatly and I think is setting me up for my career very well. I know that some people don’t enjoy University for whatever reason but if I was asked if I would recommend it then I would without a shadow of a doubt. It is an experience I would do again and again.

Finally, if you would be so kind, tell us briefly about your day ahead – just in case we might want to change our career path.

My day ahead is going to be quite fun. I am planning to do some writing for a couple of hours, then I’m playing golf, then I’m going to work in the petrol station this evening. I try to set my weekdays out like a normal working week writing from 9-5 where possible, but seeing as it’s a Friday afternoon, I’m going to start the weekend early!

That’s it. Chris, you have been wonderful.

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