Over the years at Creative Loop we’ve worked with some fantastic people. Through our training schemes, festivals and workshops we’ve had the pleasure of meeting and helping some of the best emerging talent in Scotland.
Sophie Tibbles worked with us on a few projects over the years and now has one of the most important jobs in Scottish radio. She’s the producer of the Heart Breakfast Show! She took some time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for us.
What’s your job?
I am the Heart Breakfast Show Producer, which means I assist the presenters on the Breakfast show from 6am – 10am.
What’s a typical day in your life?
My alarm goes off at 4am, in the studios for 4:45, then I finish the prep sheet for the show which tells the presenters what they’re talking about and when, and finish editing clips that we might use during the day.
At 6am we come out of Network and the show begins, during the show I make sure calls come in and are edited for the presenters, as well as making the content sound as exciting and as full as we can make it.
Go back into Network around 9:59:30am, and after 10 pre-record competitions, interviews and prepare content for the next day.
Usually I finish after my contracted time – but it’s worth it to create great radio.
What’s the best thing about your job?
The best thing is hearing that people are enjoying what we’re talking about, getting involved and telling their friends. And at Christmas we do a Sleeps ‘Til Santa piece at 7:30am and 8:30am where we get children on to count down the Sleeps until Christmas with us which is adorable.
What and where did you study?
I studied HNC Creative Industries: Radio Broadcasting first at Reid Kerr which is now West College Scotland – Paisley Campus, and taught by the wonderful John Collins. I then continued onto the HND which was held at City of Glasgow College with a few more lecturers who are very supportive and helpful.
What advice would you give to people studying right now?
Practice is more important than theory, so the more you’re involved in Radio Stations, around technology, and people who can help you achieve your goal the better.
It might seem a lot trying to study and volunteer or intern at the same time, but the overall outcome is going to be so worth it.
And take any ideas that you create in your courses with you to the stations, we’re always looking for new ideas, new ways to make the station and presenters memorable.
What was the most useful piece of advice you got?
Do anything and everything, even if you only get 2 hours sleep, you need to show face, show that you’re eager and capable of doing everything that is flung at you – even just making the teas and coffees!
Don’t shy away – ask if anything needs done, ask if you can sit in from 6am on a Breakfast show, ask to do things for free because it’s going to get noticed
Do you have a message for the people at Creative Loop?
Creative Loop helped me for the past few years, they put on really great events for Networking within Radio and TV, so thank you to all who work there and gave me the chance to be part of the team.