New Starter Blog – Odette

How have your first few weeks at WSA been?

My first few weeks at WSA have been thoroughly enjoyable, I have had the pleasure of meeting the whole team, who have been so welcoming and made me feel comfortable instantly. The time has flown by, and I truly feel like I’ve been a part of the WSA team much longer than I officially have.

What’s your area of expertise and what makes you successful in this market?

My area of expertise is within Digital Production covering Photography and Videography projects. My journey into Photography started at the age of 13, when I begged my mum for a DSLR for my birthday. From that point onwards I self-taught myself the photography basics and was always with a camera in hand learning. I then got accepted onto a BTEC Photography course at college, where I worked hard to get into De Montfort University to study BA Hons in Photography and Video Production. After having a glimpse into Videography, I fell in love with creating videos, so decided to push myself further by starting a Film and TV production MA course at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.  I have worked amongst many different projects and events using both my photography and Videography skillset to create visual content for all types of stakeholders.

I also have Ecommerce knowledge in areas of Shopify and Amazon Vendor, with my strongest element being the visual content and copywriting.

What attracted you to join WSA?

As soon as I had the first interview, I thought that WSA would be a great company to work for (Spoiler alert – it is!) the team members I met were ever so friendly and made me feel at ease straight away. Having never previously experienced working in an agency, I had an inkling that it was a fun and creative space and that every day was going to be different, which was exactly what I was looking for. Through the nerves, I was made to feel comfortable and heard, the overall interview experience was really inviting.

What projects have you been involved in since you started?

Within my first week I found myself standing on a Golf course in Oxford, in the rain overseeing photography for a company event, which included driving around in a golf cart and trying to learn the rules of Golf (Thanks Tom!). Then in my second week, I was helping to oversee a video and Photo shoot at Milton Keynes university Hospital, where I was in the robotics surgery department – which was very cool!

During the fourth week I was out in Central MK supporting (where I could) with the filming for a new MY MK TV ad. This was a very fun project to be included on and took me right back to my roots of being on video shoots and made me remember the joys of carrying all the equipment everywhere whilst at university! 

What goals would you like to achieve in the next 12 months?

My goals for the next 12 Months are to help drive and deliver more professional photography and videography content for WSA clients and for WSA platforms. To bring more structure to the way we handle projects involving production and ensure there is a one dedicated POC within the agency to keep projects on time. I will also hope to be supporting the business in its own growth and development by consistently creating in-house content where needed.

What makes you laugh out loud?

Being with my friends and family is when I’m at my happiest and laugh the loudest, I have the most supportive family and I thoroughly love spending time with them. My older brother certainly likes to keep me and my mum on our toes by constantly play fighting and trying to scare us – I’ve even got some videos!

Finally, tell us an interesting yet little-known fact about you!

I used to play football when I was younger and was always a part of a team since the age of 10, and when I was around 16, I was scouted by Arsenal women’s football team, which was a massive accomplishment, but I decided to move forward with pursuing a career within Photography.