Written by Hersh Thakur
Edited by Azmina Shaikh
Name: Hersh Thakur
Occupation: Online Marketing Assistant and Videography at TFMP, Freelance Sound Engineer
Hobbies & Interests: Kickboxing, Producing Music, Managing a Youtube Channel, Reading, Yoga
University: BSc in Sound Engineering and Production at Birmingham City University (2.1)
I graduated back in 2018, and I was working as a freelance sound engineer and a barista to make some extra money. For two years, my path was going in the right direction, and I was making progress in the sound engineering field until the notorious year of 2020 arrived. Overnight, all my live sound gigs were gone, and the bar I was working in put me on furlough.
During the lockdown, I decided to reinvent myself and go into creating a YouTube channel. I learned how to film, video-edit, and even do motion graphics through this process. This, being paired with my sound engineering background, created a match made in heaven. My channel grew to over 2,000 subscribers and even got monetised. I was feeling optimistic again about my future, and before I knew it, gigs were slowly coming back, and I could work once again as a sound engineer.
As things were slowly getting better, I decided to try to look into the kickstart scheme since I was on Universal Credit. I had my freelance business. However, I wanted a more stable job if another lockdown happened. After doing some research, my work coach told me about the company called “The Future Melting Pot.”
How Kickstart Has Helped Me:
Kickstart has helped me in a multitude of ways. For starters, it has allowed me to work in a highly valued professional environment in the job market. Working as an online marketing assistant has also given me valuable skills to better my own business and help the company I am working for.
The kickstart scheme has helped me use my skills as a videographer and editor to create content that is seen by a wide range of clients and helped me build my portfolio that I can use to represent myself in future career prospects. The job has provided challenges that have pushed me to improve my skills and become a better videographer overall.
Whilst working from home, I have been getting used to being in meetings and understanding the corporate side of work, as I have never experienced that side of working life up until this point.
Overall the experience I have had is more than exceptional, and I can’t wait to see where this goes.