Sky Sports News for Past Little Voices Pupil
Little Voices Blackburn from 2007 – 2010
Where are you now?
Having graduated from Loughborough University with a 2:1 in English and Drama, I headed straight to the big city and have been living and working in London for the past 14 months. I was fortunate enough to secure a graduate role working as an Assistant Director for an education company. However recently, I have been offered a position to work full time for Sky Sports, something I have dreamed of for many years. I can’t wait to hit the ground running and learn all there is to know about sport media!
What are your aspirations for the future?
When I was eight years old I made a television screen cut out from old cardboard boxes. I used to pretend to be a news presenter and make up stories to perform to my family. Ten years on, I took on the role of Speaker in Westholme School’s public speaking team. My chosen topic was ageism in the media, which focussed on my passion for female presenters and the way they are portrayed in today’s society. Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to do something in front of a camera, and having now secured a fantastic opportunity with Sky, I hope that one day, I will be the girl behind the news desk, talking about the latest results in the world of sport.
When did you first join Little Voices?
I joined Little Voices aged 15. I can’t believe how quickly the past eight years have gone! It only seems like yesterday that I was standing around Jane’s piano singing my favourite show tunes!
How did you hear about Little Voices?
I attended Westholme School in Blackburn, which was only a short distance from the first ever Little Voices studio. I was massively into the dramatic arts at school so when I found out about the amazing opportunities and coaching Little Voices was offering, me and a few friends jumped at the chance! Attending Little Voices was genuinely one of my best experiences to date.
What made you stay and attend Little Voices?
This answer is simple. I had SO MUCH FUN! The teaching in both singing and acting was so professional and enjoyable. I learnt so much each lesson and went home feeling like I had accomplished something. My teachers Jane and Claire had such a heartfelt interest in my personal progress, and put 110% into helping me pass each exam with flying colours.
How do you think Little Voices has helped you – is there a direct correlation between what you are doing now and your attendance at Little Voices?
Absolutely. I continued to act and sing throughout my three years at university, securing lead roles in Loughborough’s annual shows. Little Voices gave me a huge amount of confidence, which has effectively helped me secure job roles in the media industry.
What did you love about your lessons?
I loved the feeling of learning a new song or performing a new scene. I will never forget my group singing ‘Look At Me’ from ‘The Witches of Eastwick’. We worked so hard on the harmonies for weeks, so when it all finally came together we were all blown away by what we had achieved. The lessons were actually quite emotional. Everybody involved put so much time and effort into creating fantastic exam pieces. It is probably why my memories of Little Voices are still so strong and ones I will never forget.
Can you give a one line quote/advice for those wishing to follow in your footsteps? (what they should absolutely do to reach their dreams?)
I’m going to cheat a little with this question and pass on some advice given to me by two very special people, firstly by Jane Maudsley herself. Jane always said ‘you can do it Megan, you can do it’, and she was right! Always believe in yourself because if you really put your mind to something, you can achieve so much. Secondly, my Gran always told me to ‘keep smiling’. It is such a simple piece of advice but smiling really does make everything so much better. Thank you Jane and team for my wonderful time at Little Voices. Best of luck for the future!