I came to Salford as a student, but Badger and Combes has brought me out to the world as a skilled and passionate camera operator. Having started out as a clueless film student, I have worked all around the UK as a sports camera man and events streamer. As B&C light up my world, I also light up their sets as a gaffer!
My year anniversary with the team has just passed by. Looking back, it's truly astounding to see how confident I have become in my craft. Without these opportunities I would never have been able to translate my skills from film towards streaming and media production across multiple platforms.
Being a Badger is all about having the banter. Every production, rain or shine, there will always be smiles plastered on each of our faces. I find the bond of such a small but hard-working team to be essential to the quality of a production. Being on set with Chopper, I feel I have an Apache watching out for me like a guardian angel.
Manchester has very quickly become my new home. The buzz and excitement of a thriving city has brought me so much joy and opportunities. I have found a culture that I can really belong to and feel myself. Not only in media, but pride in music, goths and the LGBTQ+ community.
At the heart of being a Badger, it's all about the big cameras and the big productions. Recently we have followed the Lancashire cricket team all around the country with some chunky but funky sports cameras. A major step forward from my first job standing in the rain at Silverstone racetrack barely able to see anything in front of me. That's not to say it wasn't one of the best days of my life. Over the past year I've worked with clients such as the Royal Television Society, Sale Sharks, Sport Relief and United We Stream.
Through some of the hardest times in my life, I've always had my family of Badgers here to keep me safe and to guide me. I don't think anything can quite make me feel so proud as it does to have my family and friends see the professional that I've become. Though I doubt my mother imagined her son to grow into a 21-year-old Badger.