Directors' Researcher at the production company in Dubai, UAE

About me

Anastasia S.
Theatre, Film and Television
Digital Film and Television Production
Russian Federation

About this profile

Directors' Researcher
Big Kahuna Films
United Arab Emirates
Advertising, marketing and PR / Creative arts and design
Small business (0-49 employees)

About the job

What I do

Scouting directors for the big international agencies and clients.
Looking for directors for TV and cinema commercials; contacts with the worldwide talents, directors’ agents and advertising agencies; management of projects; work with directors’ treatments and interpreting conference calls; assisting the project and bidding producers.

Skills I use and how I developed them

Research; Film and Commercials Production.
Mostly I use the knowledge of filmmaking process acquired during my student years and later at work, and the experience in research gained during my 3 previous years of work at another production company in Russia.

What I like most

Networking and contacts with creative talents form all over the globe.

What I like least

Working hours are crazy ;)

What surprised me most

The professionalism of people I work with.

Finding and applying for the job

How I looked for work

I was headhunted.

How I found out about the job

Personal contacts

The recruitment process

I was contacted on LinkedIn.

My career

My career goals when I graduated

To work in the filmmaking industry.

My career history

3 years as the Directors' Researcher at Bazelevs Production, Moscow. Before that various roles on film set.

What has helped my career to progress

Being responsible, stress resistant, diligent and creative in my research approach.

Courses taken since graduation

Producing For Films and TV in Moscow.

How my studies have helped my career

A lot! I believe that I got my current job because I graduated from the Uni of York.

What surprised me about my career so far

That it actually helped me find the job abroad.

Where I hope to be in 5 years

I hope to be the commercials director myself.

My advice to students

My advice to students considering work

Be ready to use the indirect routes, to work long hours and expect the unexpected. Also, stay open-minded and take everything with excitement and try to see the positive sides in everything. All the difficulties are temporary.

My advice about working in my industry

Be ready to not have a personal life and normal working hours, as well as to always have your mobile in your hand and eyes glued to the screen.

Other advice

Always dream for something bigger. Don't stop.

Contacting me

Any student from TFTV or anyone considering work in advertising/at the production company are welcome to contact me.

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