After a career freelancing behind the scenes in TV, Olly Mann has found himself in the media limelight. Found? Or put himself there? Olly's a writer for major publications, a national radio presenter, TV panelist and part of the podcasting elite. But how did all of these doors open for him? Not without knocking. And then pushing all of Olly Mann through.
One half of 'Helen & Olly' from long running, award winning podcast 'Answer Me This', Olly shares his story from making the most of the opportunities of university to making the most of every opportunity that's come his way since and going knocking for a whole lot more.
Here’s some of the key takeaway points:
You can’t just think people will find you and your work… you’ve got to tell people
Want something? Badger for it. Even now, Olly still goes knocking for opportunities. Be persistent. Really persistent.
Enter awards - important reputationally and gives you something to write about when contacting people for opportunities
As far as building your reputation online goes… you have to ask - if people like what you do, they’ll be happy to rate you/review you/give you press, etc
It's worth building your reputation, your 'personal brand' as it gives extra reasurrance to those hiring you
It doesn't matter if you think you're great or not, you have to put your work out in the world, believe you're great, it's up to other people if they like your work or not
Collaboration is really important - keep an eye out for people to work with; no man is an island
Don’t rely on just a few clients - if two big clients dropped you, could you still pay the bills?
Experiment - figure out what it is you like doing and what you're good at
Create the work you want to be known for, if you're not being paid to do what you want to do, make it as a side project and get it out there
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