Showing posts with label work. Show all posts
Showing posts with label work. Show all posts

Where you been, boo?


Oh hey you guuuuys. I took a little break from blogging for the last couple of weeks, mainly because I was mad busy and really wanted to focus on getting things wrapped up at work and a few other bits and bobs which have been happening. Thought I'd give you a run down on whats been going on recently, and what my plans are for the next little while now I'm finished up on my latest BBC job 'The Replacement' (which is hands down one of the most exciting scripts I've ever worked on, if you like thrillers then you are gonna love it. Along with Vicky McClure, she is one crazy talented actress)

The Glasgow Girl Bosses

“You combine hard work, creativity, and self-determination, and things start to happen.” — Sophia Amoruso, CEO of Nasty Gal and author of Girl Boss.

Today's post is a tribute to all the truly inspiring business women I've had the pleasure of meeting in the past 5 years or so. These ladies have taken their passion, talent, and instinctive entrepreneurial skills to the next level. Resulting in very successful businesses doing what they love, for a living. The icing on the cake for me is the fact that all of these gals are Scottish, and their businesses situated right on my doorstep in Glasgow. The locality of this success and getting to see these all star females do so well in their chosen field is ridiculously inspiring, and a constant push and reminder to me that your goals are never too far from reach. You've just gotta go out there and grab them. They encourage me on a daily basis to work hard, dream big, and don't let anything stop you from moving forward towards your goals. They are the epitome of Girl Boss.

Ashley Baxter
 // Girl With A Camera, Insurance By Jack //

Working in the Television & Film Industry

I get quite a lot of emails and questions from readers asking how I got into working in the Art Department for the TV and Film industry. It can be quite a tricky one to get into, and I didn't have much help in getting my own foot in the door. So for this reason I am always more than happy to give advice and support to those who need pointed in the right direction. S1 Jobs emailed me a few questions to answer for you all, and I got to ask my own in return!

1. What was the reason for choosing Glasgow for your profession?

I was born in Glasgow, grew up in Glasgow, went to uni here and was lucky enough to find my place in the thriving TV & Film industry that has been established here. I feel extremely lucky to have a blossoming and satisfying career where I have not needed to move to another city or country, away from my family and friends and the life I have built here.

2. What were the factors you had to consider when choosing a location for work?

When you mention to people the industry I work in, the general hype and attention seems to be focused in London. I wondered once graduating if I would need to move down south to find work, but luckily enough there is a real buzz around Glasgow with a lot of tv shows and films now being made up here. Whether there was enough well paying work to support myself financially was another big worry. But I dug my heels in, worked extremely hard, and have now enjoyed 3 years of being self employed, and the last year as a limited company. I have not had to give up my profession and get a more 'reliable' job with a guaranteed income every month. Not yet, anyway!

3. What were the challenges you encountered whilst finding work in Glasgow?

The TV and Film industry is very competitive, and the very first pieces of advice someone gave me were 'it's all about who you know' and 'you're only as good as your last job'. Both have proven to be very true, as I would very rarely go to the jobs section of a newspaper or a recruitment website to find my next contract. It is all done through word of mouth and recommendations, so the reputation you build is vital! My biggest challenge was generating enough work to keep me busy in the first couple of years being self employed until I had a decent amount of contacts under my belt. These were all to be potential future resources for work, and I now find being re-hired by the same Designers over and over again.

 Here are the questions I asked S1 jobs in return:

1. What are the most popular university or college courses that school leavers are applying for? 

Some of the studies that we find are popular with young people currently are psychology, philosophy, English and French. These have generally always been popular and remain to be. 
2. Are there any industries in the UK that are really lacking new young graduates/workers at the moment? 

It has been noted primary school teaching is lacking in young graduates. It is common for those to undertake a post-grad in primary teaching but not so much in the undergrad courses. 

3. What is the most sought after career or industry that young people want to work in?

There isn’t a most sought after industry as such but it’s a common story that young people limit themselves to the industries that they have studied for. We would recommend that you analyse the skills that you have learned from wherever you have worked or studied before and see what skills are transferable. This will open up the opportunities for you in other industries you may not have originally considered.

Kayleigh Lockhart – Brand manager – S1 Jobs  

And to finish the post, S1 Jobs have illustrated me in my dream job - working on a big Hollywood Blockbuster. Right now I love working in Glasgow, and I am stepping up between being an art department assistant and an art director, depending on the scale of the job. But one day I would absolutely love to leave bonny Scotland and venture across the water to Art Direct a film or TV show on a massive scale. I hope in the next 10 years when I am much more experienced at my job, I can chase that dream and turn it into a reality.

Do you enjoy what you do for a living? And if you got a chance to start again, what career route would you pursue?

Feeling lucky

Well hello my lovely and loyal readers ♥ My goodness, I had the pictures uploaded for this post since last weekend, but I have literally not had a minute to sit down and start writing. So here I am, pj's on, cuppa made, tucked up in bed, and spotify playing a sleepy playlist. The last couple of weeks have been super busy for me between working 11 hour days on the new programme we're filming, plus a 3 hour round commute every day. I'm holding on for dear life and trying to keep up, with the positive vibes that this madness is only temporary and come December I'll have some time off and a decent amount of money in the bank to relax for a few weeks.

I literally have no social life at the moment on weekdays. My only connection to friends and family is through texts and social media! If you follow me on instagram or twitter (@hellorogue) then you might have already heard there's a new blue eyed boy in town...

Meet my newest member of the fluffy family, Thackery Binx (aka the black cat in Hocus Pocus, and Binx for short) This little fella was found abandoned on a country road in Perthshire by a family friend, wandering next to his sibling who had been run over :( I won't explain the full story and bore you all to tears, but he ended up being in my care with the plan of building his strength back up and then I'd find him a permanent home. But oh no, this wee dude has made quite the mark on our household, with his number one fan being his already devoted big brother - Dexter.

It filled my heart with so much joy to see Dexter treat this new kitty with such patience and kindness. After everything Dexter has been through recently I didn't want to expose him to any unnecessary stress, but of his own accord he has stepped up to the mark in looking after Binx in a way I never thought possible. Got me thinking of the Dear Kitten video. Absolutely adorable. Binx is only 5 weeks old but the vet is pleased with his progress and the weight is piling on, he was literally skin and bone the night I took him home. My lucky little black cat.

 'Dear Kitten, welcome to the household. You'll do just fine' ♥

Apart from long lies and kitten cuddles, here's my recent reasons to smile, and a few of my favourite things at the moment:

I'm still keeping up my healthy eating and TechnoShape sessions, almost finished a full course and have lost quite a few cm off my waist and tummy so far. Can't wait to share the results with you when I'm done! Absolutely obsessed with Nakd bars, they are my go to sweet treat with a cuppa in work, and I got this mixed box from Natural Balance Foods. I've been considering going on a wheat free diet to see if it's what has been causing various issues with bloating and a sore tummy. But one step at a time for me at the moment. I had a pretty bad viral infection at the start of this new job, so started taking various vitamins to help keep my stamina up, and ended up with the cold by the end of the first week taking them! But I'm hoping that's just all the lingering nasties pushing their way out of my system and I'll be back to normal soon.

Loosing a bit of weight and toning up my figure definitely called for a pretty new underwear set. I got this Freya Deco Rebel set from Bras & Honey. My confidence took such a hit after my break up, so simple treats like this really brighten up my day. I've never been one for spending much money on underwear, and don't think twice about wearing non matching bra's and pants (shock horror!) But this gorgeous set is so comfy and flattering to wear, it's definitely ignited a little bug in me. Trying to avoid their website again until payday. I can see an addiction forming...

Majorly enjoying channeling my inner goth recently, after dying my hair dark brown (bye bye blue!) and a lot of love for black, grey, silver and studs. My new sugar skull tshirt and black acid wash skirt from Spartoo, with black tights, black vans and my grey Fred Perry raincoat was the ideal outfit for running errands around town last weekend. Very rarely leave the house these days without my kunzite crystal pendant, which I got from an astrology shop in Covent Garden earlier on in the year.

Cass Art is opening in Glasgow next month, and I have been using this watercolour 24 half pan and beautiful sable brushes to paint up one of the props in the first episode of the new tv show we are filming. Wish I could share more details but it's all confidential until the programme airs (boo) I am creative in my job on a daily basis but very rarely do any sort of drawing or painting at home in my own time. But this has to change as I find it so theraputic. So I took the set, brushes and water colour paper home at the weekend with the hope of starting my own little project soon.

I was off work for 3 days with that viral infection, so spent most of the time chilling in my OnePiece (comfiest thing ever - hands down!) and spending time away from the computer because I had such awful headaches. Apologies for the bad quality phone photo, now that I'm single and my flatmate is out all the time I find it absolutely impossible to find someone to take impromptu outfit photos for me. Next time I'll be chapping on the neighbours door, haha! Iphone next to DSLR pictures isn't the best *hides behind hands* I have a 15% off discount code for you to use on your very own OnePiece, it's LUCKYCAT and is valid until 1st October :) It's already 'that' time of year in Scotland - sun misleadingly shining while it's absolutely freezing.

By the time the weekend came I had total cabin fever, so ventured out the house and got my nails done by the super talented Bethany Lillico who works in the South Side of Glasgow. Told you, it's the simple things! Okay, these may be material things but they make me smile none the less.

I feel like my physical and emotional health takes such a battering during the week that I really need to devote my weekends to feeling good on the inside, and outside. Looking after my body, and ultimately realising how precious a thing SLEEP is! Looking after my mind by doing things I enjoy, and investing my energy in positive people and situations. Not really doing myself many favours by taking on the responsibility of a 5 week old kitten who requires a lot of love and attention. But despite how exhausted I am right now, I have a lot of love to give and feel like he has been my lucky charm after all the recent bumps in the road.

This Saturday I'm heading down to London for the Tattoo Convention, so if you're going I'll maybe see you there! In the meantime, keep in touch via twitter and instagram (@hellorogue)

Not all those who wander are lost.

Firstly, I have no idea where that last rogue post came from (it was an old one about my ipad I posted last year, which decided to show it's pretty face at the front of my blog again?) In case you think I've suffered a bit of a time warp and went back to my brown hair.

I guess this month has been a time warp for me after all. Full of highs and lows and it has left me in a bit of a strange place to be honest. I started on the second series of fill your house for channel four at the beginning of the month, and 4 weeks of 14 hour days didn't leave much time for me to do much else. I managed to cram in some nights out on my rare days off but amongst the madness blogging was really the last thing on my mind. Ever get that feeling where ever day is groundhog day and you're just drifting through rather than actually living in each moment? That's sort of how I've felt for the bulk of the month.

I've got a couple of weeks off now so lots of time to redeem myself and hopefully build my spirits back up and get into blogging again. So I apologise in advance for coming across as a little deflated in this post. Thank you for sticking by me too even though I'm not the most regular blogger on the planet. Feel like I've lost my way at the moment, so any feedback on what you'd like to see from me on here would be greatly appreciated! So, here is a massive sum up of what February held for me! Warning, it's picture heavy :)

I attended an event at Snugglemuffin in Glasgow for lots of lovely tea and awesome cakes! Here's me and Amanda with some cupcakes we decorated.

My faves were the pink champagne cocktails (which tasted just like melted fab ice lollies) the chocolate covered strawberries and the smores brownies. Cocktails and cake are a sure fire way to this girls heart :)

On the same evening I also got my nails done at Rainbow Rooms. I'm a total sucker for a french mani, and couldn't resist a little sparkly fade feature nail.

Just before I started on the channel four job I had a night at the Hydro with my Gran for the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour. I wasn't a massive follower of the show but it was still a very entertaining night. My Gran had a lot of fun too which was lovely to see. She doesn't get night outs like this very often so it was a total joy to treat her.

First week on the job, out and about sourcing materials I popped by my Mums for lunch one day and ended up playing with my sisters dream phone. I never had one myself so I was chuffed that my Mum got a hold of one for her. I spent the rest of the afternoon calling up hot boys of course ;)

Another few days into the job entailed of visiting some of the big scrap yards in Glasgow (you will see why when the show comes on telly this year) It did remind me of the film The Brave Little Toaster. And I got to wear a super cool hard hat and high vis waistcoat for the afternoon too! What an outfit post that would have made for haha.

The first weekend after I started work called for a big girlie night in! Grant came by for a drink before he went out, and Gary and his boyfriend sat in with us for a while too. Once all the boys had vacated we got the tunes on and the alco-pops on ice (classy birds)

Instead of relying on my macbook for music I had a loan of the Pioneer X-SMC11DAB speaker, and all I can say is that I WANT ONE. I never realised how much of a difference in sound there would be from a laptop, to a proper docking system like this. John is a sound engineer so he set it up all up for me and had a play around, and was impressed too. My iphone 5 fit in the dock, which meant I was able to put Spotify on shuffle all night - which made for some hilarious music choices and we danced the night away to mostly 90's and early 00's pop, think Spice Girls, Britney and Christina Aguilera.

The night was full of hilarity and we ended up getting my flatmates unicorn head down for the bookcase and having a dance around with it (he made it when we were at uni... and lets face it what is life without a giant unicorn head) We went to bed at 5am and it was one of those nights where there are many videos and pictures that shall never see the light of day. The speaker also had a CD player and radio built in too, so it was quite nice enjoying it for a couple more days after the party. I love getting music on when I'm tidying up, cooking, or going for a shower. Definitely need to put one of these on my 25th birthday wishlist.

A slightly more sober weekend was to be had after the party, and Kyle treated me to a day of snowboarding up north! I was feeling quite stressed with work at this point so it was great to get away for the day with no phone signal and brush some of the cobwebs away.

I'm getting my roots done tomorrow, but boredom struck a couple of weeks ago and I ended up using Rose from Bleach London to give my hair a pastel pink tinge. This is how it turned out, and it literally washed out the next day. I know it is only meant to last between 2-10 washes but I was still slightly disappointed with the staying power. At least it didn't stain my hair in the slightest! How have you got on using any of their dyes?

I popped my Pinto cherry one lunch time at work before we started filming, and holy crap it was amazing! I'm not a huge fan of mexican or spicy food but the burrito I got was SO GOOD (even though it doesn't take the prettiest food porn picture)

I had the saturday off the weekend of valentines day, and was treated to this lovely parcel from F&F. 
OKAY I admit this picture is missing a huge pink hotel chocolat lollypop which was beautifully decorated, but I was naughty and gobbled it up before I got a chance to take the photos.

I got to use my lovely Soap and Glory glow lotion, lipgloss and Essie nail varnish on my date night with John that saturday (oh, and maybe the pretty new underwear set too! Can't believe Tesco have gorgeous sets like this) We went for a drink at Firebird in the west end then to Butchershop Bar and Grill for some epic steaks.

More cocktails at the Butchershop, and then dat steak. Oh my! It was brilliant.

We came a home a bit tipsy and proceeded to pull Dexter in for some selfies. He was less than impressed!

Back to work on sunday for a last minute push to prep for filming on the monday. Here's me with my super talented boss and production designer Laurel.

The week of filming was pretty intense, but it was a great job with a fantastic team and I felt very lucky to be back working alongside such a talented bunch of individuals. Very sad to wave goodbye to Max, Lee and Charis at the end of the week. But you might be seeing more from them sooner rather than later ;) My lips are sealed!

My first day off after filming I spent with John, and we went for a long walk in the south side which ended up in a bit of a pub crawl followed by dinner at Buddys. Another meat induced coma, no wonder I've not lost any weight this month with the amount of food that's been consumed.

The day after I finished up with channel four I ended up doing a comedy pilot with STV for a couple of days, and then my job last week and this week got cancelled :( Which I think turned out to be a blessing in disguise as I was running on empty by the end of the month and didn't realise how much I have needed some time to myself. I met up with Jenn for breakfast the first day I was completely finished with all my telly work, and she borrowed some of my snowboarding stuff for her trip to Switzerland this year. Super jealous! Although I have done lots of snowboarding in scotland I have never been abroad to do it. This definitely needs to change.

After a hearty breakfast of pancakes, bacon and maple syrup I headed into Glasgow to get tattooed. I'm trying to fill some of the gaps on my right arm and got this one on my forearm. A little one for my Mum, who is the biggest source of strength and inspiration in my life ♥ This week I am going to get another gap filled with something for my Dad. Watch this space!

Haha this post is going on for everrrr. Nearly done, I promise. Friday was Dexters 2nd birthday, which he celebrated by watching me doing my accounts, followed by some sleeping and eating of dreamies. It's a hard life eh?

On saturday I went into town to get my nails and eyebrows done, which ended up being a complete disaster. I won't name and shame the company on here but if you follow me on instagram (@hellorogue) you can see the photos and what happened. I bought some new clothes in town which felt so strange after I had been paid because I've not bought myself anything new in absolutely ages. Typical when you have some money to spend you go looking and hardly see anything you want to buy. On saturday night Uncle Greig and his girlfriend Anita came over for dinner, then me and Emma went out for an evening of drinking and dancing. We ended up bumping into Kyle so he came back to mine and stayed with us too. I was in fine spirits when I woke up on sunday morning, until I went out to the car to find this...

My car has been hit, again! After getting the back end fixed only a month ago, I can't believe another driver has rammed into my car and not bothered to stop and leave their details. It really makes me loose my faith and think that there are no honest people out there :( The parking is tight in my street, but I wasn't on a corner or anything so I have no idea how this happened. Currently waiting on a quote to get it fixed, but this is honestly the last thing I need right now. I know it's only a car, but it has been a pretty exhausting month with some personal struggles going on and I really wish this hadn't happened again.

But hey, that's life isn't it? When life gives you lemons, crack open the gin. I picked up my auntys dog murray on sunday afternoon so I've got him to keep me company this week, and have a few other nice bits and bobs planned to keep my spirits up until the next job comes along.

Well this has been the most eclectic and jam packed post ever, but now we are up to date with all of my goings on I promise that things shall get a bit more regular around here :) Remember to let me know what sort of stuff you'd like to see more of from me! And I'm always on twitter and instagram (links in the sidebar) so you can keep in touch via there too.

All the hugs!

My history of fancy dress

I'm just going to pre-warn you, 95% of the photographs in this post are absolutely cringe worthy. So even if you don't like the content, I hope you have a giggle at the photos! I am a MASSIVE fan of fancy dress, and actually worked full time in a party shop during the year out I took before starting uni (thanks for all your nice comments on the last post about my job by the way, much appreciated) We did costume making and hire, balloon decor and party/event planning. It was great fun and although I don't have many pictures of me in fancy dress when I was a child, there seems to be loads from the age of 17+. I have been using Pinterest (finally joined tonight, woo hoo!) and the Fancy Dress Ball party planning app to round up some ideas for my 25th Birthday. You can use it to choose a theme, invite friends, and then choose the appropriate costume and accessories for your event. Thought this would be a fun excuse to show you my dressing up outfits from over the years. Please, be gentle with me... Have tried to make these as chronological as possible.

Jinty McGinty. Think I was 17 here, and this is the sort of clown outfit I used to wear when going out to do face painting and balloon modelling for events. Ohhhh dear.

Santas helper. Also 17 and very orange! We used to run christmas grottos through the costume shop too so most of December I would be helping the big bearded man hand out presents, dressed like this.

I have no idea what this is. Tartan and frilly shirts were the dress code for Scottish banquets we used to organise. Och aye the noo!

Another 17 year old Ayden, trying on a pirate outfit over my work clothes. We used to do this quite a lot on quiet days to save our sanity. That has to be the worst hook I have ever seen!

Goldilocks and Bo-Peep. This was me and Corinne when we went down to Leeds for my cousin Emma's 18th birthday.

Tinkerbell. 18 years old, and my first year of uni hence the freshers weight I was carrying in this picture. That's what months of takeaway food and drinking does :( How strange do I look here with no tattoos?

Moulin Rouge. Still 18, at an Oscars charity night. I actually can't bring myself to say much about all these photos, they're cracking me up :')

Hoola girl. 18 years old, still partying away my first year of uni...

Dora the Explorer! I did this one halloween for a friends house party. Absolutely no one knew who I was apart from my little sister Tyler. Look how tiny she is in the photo :) Also, I was proud of this outfit because you have no idea how hard it is to find a pair of orange shorts in October.

Little Miss Sunshine. I was 19 here, and this was my attempt at a DIY which included chopping up a childs costume from asda and pairing it with whatever yellow and red clothes I could find.

Princess Peach. 20 years old, and my first outfit from Legs Avenue, which do an amazing range of costumes which scale from super cute to super risky.

Not a proper fancy dress outfit, but me and Katrina enjoyed taking some California Girls inspiration for Katy Perrys California Dreams tour. 21 in this photo I think. Lots of candy jewellery and I made us those headbands :)

Princess Peach made a comeback for halloween at the ABC when I was 22. We all went dressed as video game characters so I was glad to get use of this outfit again.

Sugar Skull lady. 23 years old, I had a night out again at the ABC for halloween, and at the Titan Props Halloween party wearing this outfit. Doing the makeup was definitely my favourite part.

Bride of Frankenstein. Last halloween, and 24 years old :) The makeup for this one was fun too even if my eyebrows are a bit mad. We went to the Titan Props Halloween party again, but it was so coat that I kept my fur coat on for the first part of the night and everyone kept asking if I was Amy Winehouse!

That's my history of fancy dress outfits, there might have been a couple more but it took quite a while to go through my entire iphoto library looking for these. It was good fun stumbling across lots of old photos from when I was younger though, I definitely need to look back on them more often :)

In my opinion, fancy dress isn't just for Halloween! I love an excuse to dress up, and all the full posts featuring any sort of fancy dress can be read here. What has been your own favourite fancy dress outfit? And do you like to DIY or buy it off the shelf?