SHE admits it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but hit reality TV show Desperate Scousewives has given one young Wiganer her big break.
Former Hawkley Hall High pupil Kelly Sillery has been working for Splash Media on the new E4 show – dubbed Liverpool’s answer to The Only Way Is Essex – throughout pre-production, production and post-production.
The ambitious 23-year-old, whose previous experience includes work on shows such as Most Haunted, Fresh Meat and Anubis House, hopes to one day make it in the world of acting.
But, for the time being, she’s more than happy to learn the ropes from behind the cameras instead.
Kelly said: “Working on Desperate Scousewives is great fun, although I think there will be mixed reactions about this show. Some people will hate it and others will love it. But I think there will be more lovers than haters in the end.
“I love that my job is in the industry that I have always wanted to work in. I’m very thankful for that. I also love meeting new people and getting to reconnect with people I have worked with in the past.
“My passion is acting but, if I never get a chance to do that, I would love to one day own my own production company or produce films. I’ve already worked on one blockbuster movie – Captain America.”
Kelly studied at Hawkley Hall High and St John Rigby College, before enrolling on a television production management course at Edge Hill University.
After graduating in July 2010, she landed a job with Splash Media – who are also responsible for shows such as Candy Cabs and Great British Hairdresser – through a contact she had met at a university placement.
As a production co-ordinator, she is now responsible for hiring in equipment for the film crew and producing the “call sheets”, which detail what is set to be filmed each day.
Kelly added: “Having a great contacts base, as well as being good at your job, is so important in this industry – especially when you are first starting out.
“I didn’t get the production co-ordinator job straight away. So I took runner jobs first and my hard work paid off.
“It’s a tough industry to crack, but for anyone wanting to break into it, my tips would be to get as much experience as possible. Don’t be disheartened if you’re not getting well paid, or if your outgoings are higher than your incomings, as it will all be worth it in the end.
“You must have the passion and drive to work long hours in such a competitive industry though. If you are, there is work out there for you.”