Solomon Wilkinson – BA (Hons) Live Events and Television

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Solomon graduated from LCC in 2013 and is about to start a new role as an Assistant Producer for the BBC. Solomon has recently finished a 6 month contract working on the Channel 4 show, Food Unwrapped.

Hi Solomon! Tell us where you're from in the world? 

I grew up in Bristol but have lived in London ever since I started university. I’m half Thai.

Why did you choose to study this course?

The course appealed to me because of it’s vocational style. I wasn’t coming to university straight out of College and I had a really clear idea of what I wanted to do. I don’t think I would have suited a course that was entirely academic, especially having some prior experience in the industry.

What is the most important thing you learned while studying on your course?

To not leave everything to the very last minute! Of course, it took me until my very final deadline to learn this.

What are your fondest memories of LCC?

LCC has a fantastic creative energy running through it and I really enjoyed being part of that at the Elephant and Castle site. There was always work on display by fellow students that made you stop and take a second look.

Where are you working at the moment and what are some recent interesting projects you’ve worked on?

I’m just about to start back at the BBC as an Assistant Producer after 6 months working on a Channel 4 show called Food Unwrapped as a Researcher.

Prior to that I was at the BBC for two years first as a trainee and then as a Researcher. One of the most interesting projects I worked on was Making a Slave for BBC Three which has just been nominated for an RTS Award for best digital creativity. We basically took four volunteers and turned them in to modern day slaves for a weekend!

Image of Solomon at work on the filming of the Food Unwrapped Christmas Special.
Solomon at work on the filming of the Food Unwrapped Christmas Special.

 

If you could work with any client in the world, who would it be and what would you want to work on? 

My dream job would to be hired by Whole Foods Market to fly around the world making micro-docs about some of the food they stock in their stores!

Where in London do you go when you need a little inspiration? 

I find looking out over the city really inspiring. The new viewing platform at the Tate Modern is great for that. I also love taking a boat down the Thames, it gives you totally different perspective on London.

What are your future plans and ambitions?

Traditional TV broadcasting is definitely a shrinking industry, but there’s a lot of opportunity opening up on the digital side of things. Branded content producers are looking more and more to TV and documentary makers for authentic storytelling and I think it makes sense to have fingers in both of those pies.

I'm quite happy at the moment to just see where my career takes me, although it would be great if it took me somewhere hot and sunny!

Links

BBC Three - Making a slave