#SLLYMentor Esther Opoku Gyeni, Audio Producer
Success looks like liking what you do and how you do it (in the words of Maya Angelou).
Role: Audio Producer
Company: The Guardian
Sector: Creative and Media
What does your role involve?
- writing scripts
- recording podcasts and interviews
- editing podcasts and uploading them
- booking and recording voiceovers
- brainstorming new ideas with presenters
Esther's Career Journey
I wanted to be a journalist since I was a child and so started a magazine in my secondary school and joined a magazine charity based in Muswell Hill. I had a bad experience whilst doing work experience at the Independent and after seeing an interview with Trevor McDonald- I decided I wanted to be a Broadcast Journalist. I did a history degree at SOAS and then did a Masters in Broadcast Journalism. The Masters quickly killed any desire I had to be a news journalist. I met the head of BBC History who gave a talk and I talked him into giving me paid work experience in his department. From there I worked in various positions at the BBC and other indies. I got tired of TV and was offered a job at Premier Gospel radio (I'd done an internship years ago there) and now i'm at the Guardian.
3 tips for excelling in your career
- be bold and email the decision maker straight away
- be yourself but know this will close some opportunities whilst opening others
- be a team player
What qualifications do you have?
Degree subject: Broadcast Journalism MA University: City University
What did you take away from your university experience or education?
- how even mistakes can lead to great opportunities
- the importance of perseverance
Tell us about the transition you found most difficult and why?
The freelance life is what I found the most difficult. I was typically someone who liked to have stability