Sunday, 31 July 2011

What do I want from my career?

I'm often asked what exactly it is about the world of TV and media I find fascinating. I don't buy into the whole 'famous for being famous' celebrity culture, but I love the high level of credit one can receive if they succeed in their own realms. David Tennant, for example, states that he is not a celebrity, just an actor doing his job. It's incredibly admirable and something I respect exceedingly. It's people like Tennant who make the industry so attractive, so rewarding, thus drawing me deeper into it. As well as this, I love the great level of opportunities that such a career could bring. Indeed, I do have my own selection of ambitions and goals I'd like to conquer along the way. I've managed to narrow them down to the top ten:

1. It'd be better than winning the X Factor...
Starting with the most practical idea chronologically, I shall address the Young Reviewers 2011/2012 competition I'm currently taking part in. The year long activity with the Evening Chronicle takes place right through to the New Year, and with the realisation that we're over half way through it, I'm beginning to become quite nervous! Regardless of the outcome, I'll have had an absolutely wonderful experience: I've seen so many amazing performances and indeed I've had my eyes opened to a few genres I wouldn't normally have explored. However, I'm not going to lie, I would like to win...! The frustrating thing though as that there's no telling how well we're doing against other contestants! Quality of writing does of course come into it, but one must also impress the lovely Entertainment Editor Gordon Barr (I'm absolutely not sucking up here in any way, shape or form...perhaps!) with enthusiasm and dedication. I'd love to think that the others taking part have neglected their roles, but somehow this would seem most unlikely! My fingers are tightly crossed that the outcome at the end is very positive and beneficial to my career...

2. Time to Tour!
The concept of touring is something I adore. I'm a born traveller and love exploring new places, meeting new people along the way. Touring opens these doors and many more. I'll be honest, I've not yet worked out how exactly I'd tour. A roadshow perhaps? I just know for sure that it is something in which I'd like to partake before I'm known only as a spirit orb!

3. Am I Loose enough?
I'd like to answer my own question there by telling you that yes, yes I am loose enough to involve myself with Loose Women (just don't go spreading that around!). After a bout of extreme low in my life, the show and its wonderful panellists managed to subconsciously lift me out of a serious Eating Disorder, giving me my higher most career goal to focus on. Just to be a guest on that show would allow me to scratch this option from me 'to do' list, however being a panellist, or indeed an anchor, would be the icing on my momentarily fairy bun sized career cake.

4. Cup of tea and a slice of column...
I remember when I was given my first computer for my tenth birthday, I'd spend hours writing little articles for my own pretend column. One I remember particularly well was a mini article about the possible extinction of pandas (complete with little Clipart cartoon panda!). I'd pay good money to work on my own column. Of course, it'd be entertainment media related, if I had my way, and would include a lot of researching and exploring! To receive credit where it'd be (hopefully!) due in such a way would be much appreciated! Yes, that'd be nice, thank you.

5. All for Charity!
Over the years I've done a lot of charity/activism work and this is something I still enjoy exceedingly. I'd donate a vital organ if it meant I'd be able to involve myself in one of the big charity events in some way. Children in Need is a personal favourite - I'd love to take part in the annual TV event! Any media-based charity event however would be incredibly appealing and would give me a great chance reboot my charity work! Will need to get my thinking cap on with this one!

6. What it must be like to be Blue Peter...
Imagine if your name was Peter, and your surname was Blue? That would look amazing on a passport! BBC's Blue Peter is the very reason my love for the media industry was born. At seven years of age I made the decision to become a TV Presenter, and twelve years later this is still a standing thought! The odds of becoming a TV presenter on there are not too great since they're not handed out like hot cakes or anything, but even just to guest appear on it would be magnificent! Plus, they have cute pets on the show...

7. Oh, Mr Cowell!
I cannot lie, I absolutely adore the ass off Simon Cowell. If you want to make it anywhere on TV as a presenter, you really need the backing of Simon Cowell (saying that, it didn't turn out too well for Kate Thornton who has now been axed from two major TV shows...). As much as I'd love it, my 'career goal' here is not actually to work for Cowell, but simply to acquaint him on a career level. Of course, I'd never say no for working for him, no matter what the contract said (I'm game for ANYTHING as far as Cowell is concerned!), but there are other realms waiting for me to explore first!

8. Love for the Time 'Team'...
I've a long list of people I'd love to work with, and putting Billie Piper aside for a moment, those at the top of the list are David Tennant and John Barrowman. I've been fortunate enough to acquaint Tennant briefly, one of the best days of my life I assure you, but I'd kill to be in a studio with him. John Barrowman, I've so many questions for. However, I'd let him ramble on all day just so I could listen to his voice, it's such a delight! To be around them at the same time would be heavenly, but as long as I get the chance to work with (or indeed, under...!) both of them at some point during my career, I'll be one very happy, close-to-fainting, unrequited infatuated-ridden bunny!

9. Such a dolly!
This one here may be a little bit bizarre, but I love the idea of having oneself turned into a small plastic doll! I used to be a huge collector of Doctor Who figures (and Spice Girls dolls once upon a time!) and find myself incredibly fascinated by the accuracy of the plastics' appearances. I'd love to have my own mini 'McLean' doll, if only to see how others interpret me! The same goes for an animation character - that'd be rather exciting! I've not quite worked out how this career goal will come about, but I'll try my best to find a way!

10. And we're live!
Thoughts of presenting live Television is something which terrifies the life out of me, but in all ways positive! I've presented the odd (some very odd!) live events, but only to a small audience. To present live Television with potentially millions of viewers would be insane! Shooting PTCs is one thing, where retakes are allowed if slip ups occur, but with live television there's no escaping your errors! Just to be able to say that I've broadcast a programme live would be a massive achievement.

There are so many things I'd like my career to offer me; this list is endless. Some of these may seem a little bit crazy, but such an adjective could be used to describe the foundations of my life! My career means more to me than anything, and I'll stop and no lengths to make it a success! I'll just need to ask you very kindly if you could send a lot of luck my way...?

Amy x

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