Emily Miller – BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance graduate

Current employer: BBC and ITV

Current job title: Filmmaker and Actress

Current location: Bristol

“Plymouth gave me the confidence to forge a career in something I really loved and I feel so lucky to be doing what I do now”

Tell us about your career path since graduation.

After graduating I seized every opportunity to take part in any filming, both behind and in front of the camera. I was very fortunate to get a part in a children’s TV show for ITV amongst some other really fun and challenging roles. Alongside this I started my own production company working as a writer and director and I am now lucky enough to work at the BBC developing new television ideas every day.

Has your career path changed since graduation?

The biggest change has been from wanting to work in front of the camera to loving working behind the camera as well.

What is the most difficult thing which you have faced in your career?

The trickiest thing I’ve found, and that I think a lot of people in the arts find, is trying to explain to other people what it is you do. You must have confidence in yourself and what you are doing.

What is the best, most exciting or fun thing that you have done in your career?

Working on ITV’s Bottom Knocker Street – a mad, colourful children’s TV show – I got to dress up as a granny and it was great fun to film.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get in to the same line of work?

Have persistence and enthusiasm – people who work in TV are really busy so might not get back to you right away, don’t be discouraged – persevere and you’ll get there eventually.

What is your favourite memory of studying at Plymouth?

There are so many – but getting to try new performance styles like clowning and developing our own final performance (in which we built a boat and a bathtub on stage) will always stay with me.