364MC – Ruth Peters-Train Interview

Since the discovery of one of my neighbours being a successful and well known Production Manager within the television industry, an obsession with finding out more on her career began. Becoming more focused on the television aspect of media production, I decided to make sure that the work that

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Ruth and I were unable to meet in person; but maintained a constant email chat back and forth throughout the duration of gaining the required information and advice off of her. The initial plan was to meet with Ruth in person and have the planned interview filmed with the sound recorded for a possible audio blog too. Myself and Ruth have expressed the importance of the interview, no matter what.

Providing Ruth with all of the questions all in one go was tricky, with her being busy most of the time; I had to filter through the one hundred questions that I wrote up in preparations for the sit down filmed interview that was planned with her. The role that Ruth has demands a great deal of dedication, commitment, determination and skill set. I had to make sure that everything that I wanted to find out could be achieved in a short amount of time, the questions below are the key to me finding out everything about her career and how a production manager working within the BBC finds time to develop and nurture a long and established career.

The final questions given to Ruth for the interview, the ones that she felt comfortable answering:

  • Explain your role(s) and experiences, as well as your main priorities.
  • What brought you to a career in television?
  • How did you begin your journey of television?
  • How did school, college or university effect your life goals?
    • Did these have any part in where you are now in TV?
  • What are your highlights to working in TV?
    • How much did you enjoy being a part of Eastenders? Especially around the controversial story lines; does it add pressure to the whole crew?
  • Have you ever thought more about film, has it ever appealed to you and if not then why and if yes then how so?
  • Has it been a tough road to getting to where you are now in your career?
  • Has having other commitments outside of the job been a challenge? Is there always a juggle between dedicating so much of yourself to the roles in TV.
  • Would you ever want to continue to progress in TV? How feasible is it?
  • Are you able to work your way up within the TV industry in decent time?
    • competition?
  • If you could go back and tell yourself something now, what would you say?
    • ​Would you do anything differently? any advice to yourself now?

The complete unedited response from Ruth regarding the questions that I asked her to answer:

  1. Explain your role(s) and experiences and your main priorities – Production Manager: to manage the production and ensure it runs smoothly. To put on screen what the script dictates and the directors vision, but within the budgetary constraints.
  2. What brought you to a career in television? – Originally trained as Make-Up and special effects.
  3. How did you begin your journey of television? – As above. Came through the route of Make-Up artist.
  4. How did school, college or university effect your life goals? Did these have any part in where you are now in TV? – No.
  5. What are your highlights to working in TV? – My entire career.
  6. How much did you enjoy being a part of Eastenders? Especially around the controversial story lines; does it add pressure to the whole crew? -I’m sorry I cannot talk anymore about EastEnders due to confidentiality. You have my notes from when I saw you last about what I did there.
  7. Have you ever thought more about film, has it ever appealed to you and if not then why and if yes then how so? – I have worked on Film but not recently. TV is actually harder to work in.
  8. Has it been a tough road to getting to where you are now in your career? -Working in TV & Film is a tough road full stop. I have got to where I am because I’m good at what I do. It’s important you treat everyone equally on a unit whether they are a tea boy or a Producer.
  9. Has having other commitments outside of the job been a challenge? Is there always a juggle between dedicating so much of yourself to the roles in TV?Yes but that was a personal choice.
  10. Would you ever want to continue to progress in TV? How feasible is it? – It’s very feasible but again I have made a personal choice to slow down.
  11. Are you able to work your way up within the TV industry in decent time? – Yes but you won’t become a Producer overnight. You need to experience every role to appreciate what that person does. You’re only as good as your last job. Leave on a bad note and that will stick with you forever.
  12. If you could go back and tell yourself something now, what would you say? – No. Happy with what I’ve achieved.

Thanks Josh!

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