Class of 2014: Camilla Fisher Crouch
As our BA14 season draws to a close we talk to BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism (Broadcast) Camilla Fisher Crouch who is the last in our Class of 2014 series. Camilla talks about her work experience, final project and advice for future students.
LCF: What have you enjoyed most about studying at LCF?
Camilla Fisher Crouch: The creative freedom, inspiring teaching and people I have met.
LCF: Have you won any prizes / been in the media / undertaken work experience?
CFC: Last year my short documentary Remoulding the Model, which explored the prejudice faced by disabled models in the industry, won the Betty TV Investigative Documentary prize. I was also in the winning team of the Procter & Gamble ‘Flavours of the Future’ competition. I have interned at Channel 4’s The Undateables, Betty TV, Channel 5, Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio, Vogue and Marie Claire and in 2012 I worked as a cooridnator at Vogue magazine. I was also selected to host an in conversation event with LCF’s Head of College, Professor Frances Corner at the launch of her book, Why Fashion Matters.
LCF: What inspires you?
CFC: I am inspired by people, their characters and what makes them tick. Independent production companies like Betty TV also inspire me; they push the envelope and create cutting-edge content that challenges, informs and inspires.
LCF: What is most important to you about fashion?
CFC: Fashion is transformative; its way of making one feel instantly empowered, comforted, appropriate or belong is magical.
LCF: How would you sum up your final project?
CFC: My Final Major Project is a fresh vision for a new broadcast series targeted for BBC3. Manity, a portmanteau of male and vanity, delves into issues of body image, vanity and appearance that affect men. The motivation behind Manity was the saturation of television schedules with content that dissects issues of vanity that affect women, from Snog Marry Avoid? and What Not To Wear to 10 Years Younger and How to Look Good Naked. When it comes to television’s lifestyle and beauty genre, men are overlooked and under-represented; a series such as Manity gives a platform to inform, assure and get men talking. I created the first two instalments in the series; The Bald Truth looks at the impact of premature hair loss on males in their teens and twenties and The Short of It investigated why height is so important when it comes to attraction and how men of a smaller stature fare in the dating game.
LCF: What are your plans for the future? And how do you feel your course will help you?
CFC: Following finals I started an internship at Betty TV on Channel 4’s ‘The Undateables’. After completing my placement I joined the team as a runner. After spending a month on the show, I have now started my second runner position on a new Channel 4 series that will be airing next year. In terms of the future, I am keen to get as much experience in broadcast journalism and exposure to the industry. My Final Major Project has been invaluable in teaching me the art of crafting a story. The technical skills that I have learnt on my university journey too, such as broadcast shooting, audio recording and lighting are brilliant to have in my arsenal as I move from university into the television industry.
LCF: What advice would you give someone wanting to study for a BA at LCF?
CFC: Research the courses, work hard and go for it!