Q: What advice can you give to people who are looking to start their own business?
A: Don’t start something unless you have some passion for it. Next, in your branding and marketing tell people why your company exists. Fight for that cause and people will want to follow you.
Q: What does the life of a freelance BBC camera supervisor look like?
A: It’s a special job. I get to work on many varied shows, from Live Cinema Relays to big music festivals. In terms of stress it can be tricky too; one minute millions of people could be watching what you do, but as soon as it’s finished it’s gone.
Q: How do you manage to balance multiple roles?
A: It’s a perfect fit really. When TV work is less busy Rusty Monkey work gets busier. The skills are also transferable and both types of work benefit from the other.
Q: What, in your opinion, are the three most important things to consider in visual communication?
1. Keep things simple. Less is most definitely more.
2. Make everything you do look consistent.
3 .Take time to work on your tone of voice. It’s often underestimated.
Q: You’ve covered a wide range of events, including the latest royal wedding. Which was your favourite?
A: During my early career we did a Pavarotti and Friends concert in Modena with Spike Lee directing, which was amazing. I was also near the 100m finish line when Usain Bolt broke the world record in Beijing. I’ve been very lucky.
Q: Did you get to watch many acts while you were working at Glasto this year? Which was your favourite?
A: Working on Glastonbury can be quite odd. The sound quality near the artists can be very weird as they mostly work with in-ear monitors. I really like it when the crowd gets involved. Kylie was a fun highlight this year. From other years I really enjoyed being on stage with Radiohead. I also had a chat behind the drums with Liam Gallagher when Oasis played.