My first day with Depict was not a normal day in the office by any means, but it ended up being a fantastically memorable one, it became memorable because it was not your typical day in the office, it lent me new experiences to learn and grow as I start my career as a Junior Graphic Designer.
The reasons I wanted to join Depict initially was from seeing their work on the site, which I thought was really sleek and stylish. I’d always wanted to join a marketing agency since graduating university in 2016, but as I’m based in the West Midlands, positions within marketing agencies are far and few between. But at my interview with Nick and Helen for the position, I really liked them both as individuals. They both ensured I was relaxed and allowed me to talk through my work, we all also went to Staffordshire University so we already had that in common and built an instant rapport on that.
I began the day meeting Nick in Costa, Nick explained that we’ll be spending the day with the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre cast and crew. Videoing and documenting the press launch for their new play, Ladies’ Day written by Amanda Whittington. After explaining the day, we went and met Aaron, a filmmaker who works heavily with Depict Creative – he who was lovely to work with and practically a video wizard.
We made our way to Wolverhampton Racecourse in Dunstall Park, where we were ushered into the sky box (I felt like I was already getting the celebrity treatment) and met with Tim Hession, Marketing Manager for the Grand Theatre, who was very welcoming as well as funny.
I then was introduced to two of the stars from the show, Emma Rigby, who was a former Hollyoaks star and Roisin O’Neill, an Irish actress who recently starred in the ‘The Darkest Hour’, alongside Gary Oldman. From the get-go, I was a little star struck as I had watched the film the previous night and recognised Emma from the television. However what struck me was how human they were, they all spent the day relaxing and joking with the crew, but I was allowed to sit in the interviews they had as part of the press launch. Both Emma and Roisin were articulate in their answers, but both mentioned they were nervous and didn’t like giving interviews, so it was a real insight into the normality of celebrities. Also in the play was former Emmerdale actress Deena Payne and former Eastenders star, Cheryl Fergison. Both had me and the crew in stitches throughout the day, Deena was a larger-than-life type of character and Cheryl, was the type of person who didn’t take herself too seriously and had the most distinctive laugh imaginable.
I also met Tony Christie, whose songs are featured in the play and Rosin’s character, Linda has an obsession with. Tony was also delightful to work with, he spent most of the day chatting with everyone on set and had the best dress sense. Also starring alongside the girls, actor Sean Mckenzie, whose appeared on programmes such as Holby City and Downton Abbey. Sean plays six characters, so that was a testament to his acting abilities but was a top lad, he was funny and very down-to-earth.
It was a real pleasure to see was the passion and enthusiasm that Nick, my new Creative Director demonstrated throughout the day, especially seeing Nick and Aaron fanboying over their new equipment, Nick readily shared with me new processes and techniques. I was given a real sense of passion and professionalism for the work that Depict Creative take on, which I hope to grasp and learn from.
In the play, there is a misquote that say’s ‘the world is your lobster.’ I think after such an amazing experience, especially only on my first day, I truly feel with Depict that the world is my lobster, and I’m looking forward to the new experiences and challenges ahead.