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About Me

A technically adept, creative media professional with diverse work experience across East Africa on high profile productions both in short and long formats for Corporates’ and NGOs; UNDP, Traidcraft (K), AGRA, MNET, ACORD International, UNICEF, Trade Mark East Africa, Film Crew In Africa, Serengeti Breweries, Makini Schools to name a few. In the recent past his work has focused on women’s empowerment, agriculture, and education.

 

He is self-motivated, with a strong work ethic, proven ability to take responsibility and work in pressurized situations.

Objective

Seeking to partner with an organization that will match my media production skill-sets with a challenging work experience, an organization that will provide opportunities for both personal and professional growth.

Outline

Allan graduated with a Diploma in Graphic Design and Media Studies. His long-term interest in media was initiated when he studied art in O level. He was eager to work in the media industry, as he felt it offered more challenging prospects than a general – office based role. After completion of his Diploma, Allan freelanced until a contact forwarded him a job advertisement, and his online application was accepted. He had not envisioned himself based solely in an office, so the variety of working in a TV station as a Graphic Designer and Promo Producer, which would mean spending time on various locations, attracted him to the role. He was in full-time employment for 5 years before he ventured into becoming a freelancer under a bespoke outfit titled Fiyuhworks! that he formed with a colleague.

Allan comments,

"There are so many elements that are part of my role now. I’m able to carry out all stages of film and video production from idea development to the final delivery, be it file format or tape. Most media roles will see a graduate at my level specializing in one area, such as editing, filming or graphic design, so this is a very rare, hands-on role."

Allan secured his continuous work by taking on a proactive approach. He created a portfolio of work and recommends that recent graduates should embrace new media platforms such us Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Behance etc. for showcasing and gaining new audiences and clientele for their work.

“When I first started I did free promotional films for companies. I got this by ringing round, making cold calls and asking if I could do it for free, to boost my CV. This then led to paid freelance work. Producing work to your highest standard gets you noticed, and it brings new opportunities as you build up a reputation by word-of-mouth and now new media. I moved into paid employment as inquiries from the public sector came through. Clients I’d previously worked with recommended me to other colleagues."

Allan’s Diploma and Creative Entrepreneurs Certificate have given him relevant skills and experience in both the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills needed for the industry. He comments, “I didn’t think I’d find a job that would match all my skills; or at least so soon. At first I started with a few projects but now I choose which projects to take on and how they develop. I manage my own workload, and I've learnt to improve my time management to make sure that I meet deadlines and am as productive as possible.”

In an annual cycle Allan’s role covers:

Brainstorming with clients; writing scripts, Location and Studio Filming, Editing,Motion Graphics, Managing creative teams.

Allan is conscious of the importance of tailoring content to recent trends and technology, which is always advancing, he remarks, I love experimenting with new styles and technique.”

Sometimes, he finds that it can be frustrating, when clients don't understand the amount of preparation that goes into a project, and set impossible deadlines. Increased experience means that he is generally able to communicate this to a client and negotiate a more realistic time-frame or solutions to problems.

Allan is pleased that there are several areas where he can develop and progress in his current role as Offline / Online Video Editor and Content Producer as it requires a wide variety of skills and a strong commitment to personal development. Primarily works with nonprofits and organizations to find and share their stories through media.

Portfolio

Education

20112011

Certificate in Post-Production

DW-Akademie, Post-Production (One Fine Day Films)

A hands on workshop on Film Production with a focus on Creative Video editing.

20102010

Certificate in Creative Entrepreneurship 

Strathmore University & British Council

A hands on workshop in Creative Entrepreneurship.

20072009

Higher National Dip. Graphic Design & Media Studies

Kenya Polytechnic

References & DVD Reel

· Available upon request.

Interest

Pop Culture, Media & Africa, Cuisine, Music, Travel, Movies