For the latest Forever Forwards episode, the group chat to Olivia Smart, Assistant TV Producer. Hailing from Nottingham, Olivia has worked on some primetime shows including The Great British Bake-Off and The Circle. Olivia speaks about her entry into the TV industry after originally studying Biomedical Science at uni (4:55), then working in hospitality and doing internships in events and fashion. After sending 400 emails (6:53) to production companies, she finally got an interview and worked her way up from personal assistant to her role now. Liv speaks on her determination and never taking ‘no’ for an answer (12:56) and the need to make positions for diverse talent more available (17:18). Liv then shares some insights on how TV ratings are ranked within the business, taking into account this streaming ere we are living in (24:08) and gives her honest take on the chances on a TV show about ‘Out Of Home’ made! Liv talks about the importance of staying grounded and providing support for the next generation coming in(40:02)
An inspiring conversation for a talented individual with real drive, who is paving the way for young BIPOC females in TV.
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