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Getting past the pitch: turning filmmaking into your career

Episode 5

Host Tim Ogu is joined by filmmakers Samona Olanipekun, Natalja Safranova and Tash Tung to explore how they’ve been able to shape their careers around their practice.

Together, they discuss taking ownership over your own creative journey, building experience and strong portfolios, and engaging with the successes and challenges that come from carving out their own space within the film and content industries.

About the speakers

    • Samona Olanipekun is a writer and director who has worked across areas ranging from commercial content for global brands to award-winning shorts. Samona’s work is characterised by natural lighting, collective narratives and candid moments that offer beauty and honesty.
    • Director of Photography (DOP) Natalja Safranova has collaborated with major clients such as Channel 4, Adidas, WeTransfer and Somerset House. As a practitioner, Natalja focuses on adventure, travel and crafting worlds full of colour.
    • Tash Tung is an artist and director who has worked on short films, commercials for brands such as Virgin, and music videos for artists including Jorja Smith and Bree Runway. Her work aims to disrupt the lines between art and pop culture by creating stylish and cinematic emotional worlds. Tash studied at Chelsea College of Arts and London College of Communication.
    • Tim Ogu is a multidisciplinary visual artist and creative director who uses text, film and photography to explore themes around narrative and identity. Tim is a Media and Cultural Studies graduate of London College of Communication.


Shot and edited by Grey Moth.
Podcast produced by Connor Gani.


While LCC encourages open communication, please note that the views expressed in this podcast are the views of the individuals featured.

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