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A Sit Down With October’s FOM: David Robb

Welcome to our first, Freelancer of the Month interview. We will be speaking with past and future winners to find out more about the incredible work they do, what inspires them, some insight into the industry and why they love what they do.

This month we sat down with Octobers FOM, David Robb. Keep reading to find out more about this incredible talent and the amazing work David has done.

How did you get started in editing & motion graphics?

I started my career as a runner and researcher on TV shows like The Big Breakfast and the Girlie Show on Channel 4. I then worked as a creative for Sky for about ten years, making trailers and DRTV ads. I always loved being in edit suites and working with designers, so during my time at Sky I used the resources there to gradually teach myself.

Did you do any sort of formal training or has it been all self-taught?

I’m self-taught, although I did do some courses while I was at Sky.

What do you enjoy most of all about your job?

I love the different challenges that come with this work, and I’m very lucky to work with an amazing array of super-talented, inspiring filmmakers and creatives. But I’m also a bit of a nerd, and I like the behind-the-scenes magic of tools like After Effects. No matter how experienced you are, there is always so much more to learn.

It may be a bit presumptuous, but I'm guessing you enjoy working freelance more so than your time being employed? What inspired the change?

In my last job, I found that I was expected to do the same thing day after day, so I enjoy the variety that you get from being freelance. One of the best things about working with the team at TCC is your fantastic client list – I could be editing a TV commercial for a Sportswear brand one day, and animating a social media spot for a video game the next.

Would you tell us a bit about what you have been working on recently?

I’ve had some great projects this year. I spent a very happy month working with Benben Films on a brand film for Accenture. Benben is a complete visionary and collaborating with him was a memorable experience (in a good way!). I always love working with Krow London, and this summer I spent a few weeks across a campaign for TicTacs (my son’s favourite sweets). I’ve also been working with them recently on a TV ad for Médecins Sans Frontières.

You've done a lot of work with Klein & Sons recently, would you tell us a bit about what you have been working on?

Klein & Sons are a really busy agency who are clearly going places, and they have some great clients. I’ve worked on a few different things for them this year, including films for the FIFA World Congress and 17Capital.

What would be your dream job/ company to work for?

I don’t quite know how to answer this question – as I enjoy working on a variety of projects and companies people. I love everyone!

What do you get up to in your spare time?

I’m a keen long-distance runner, so I get out and run whenever I can. Watching re-runs of The Office with my family, and grooming my cat, who lucky clients sometimes get to meet on zoom calls.

What have you enjoyed about working with the crewing company?

Working with TCC is always great. Everyone is super-friendly, and incredibly well organised – which we freelancers appreciate. The systems you have in place work well, from booking jobs in my diary right through to getting paid. It all runs so smoothly, and I feel well looked after.

If you would like to hire David for any work please contact The Crewing Company on +44 (0)20 8525 4844 or fill in our quick contact form.

Look out for our next freelancer of the month in late November. We will also be speaking with previous winners to highlight their incredible work and achievements throughout the month.