Christian Cargill is a student from Newcastle University and recently won MTV’s Student of the Year Award, which included a sweet, paid summer placement at MTV. No biggie. Spark+Mettle co-creator Kirsty McCurdy caught up with Christian to find out a little bit more about the experience.
Hi Christian! So first off, why were you compelled to apply for MTV Student of the year?
Well I always had the intention of working in the media/TV/Film industry really, but it was actually my friend in Leeds that saw the advert for this award and thought I’d be perfect for it…Not to mention the fact that it’d be the best opportunity I could get for work experience in that kind of industry. So I applied; really just to get as much experience as I could!
What is the most exciting aspect of your work?
Oooh…well I got to pretty much do everything you can do…although probably the most exciting was working in a department called MTV Voices which is part of MTV’s social responsibility department which gives people a global platform to really voice their story. They had a complete re-launch of the website for this which I was part of…had a few nights up until 3am working on this but it was really fun! I actually got to do all the celebrity interviews for this as well!
I also worked for District MTV for a week, their fashion department so I got to be a runner for London Fashion week shoots and do some filming too!
Although, the most fun part was a project I created called 24 Hours of Ramadan, where I spent a day with Khyle Alexander Raja—[who is] a Muslim sci-fi artist—during Ramadan to see what it was really like for a Londoner during Ramadan, This actually became one of MTV Voice’s most shared content online too ! [It] felt great I had done that!
What is one of your top tips for overcoming setbacks and challenges in your career?
Ahh well I always like to be a bit cheeky! I do also think you do have to put yourself out there a bit, especially in this kind of industry.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
Well, I can’t say for sure exactly what I’ll be doing… 100% I will want to be in the television/entertainment industry though. Before I did the internship I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do, but now I’ve seen a bit of everything, I hopefully will have a job in the future where I can do a bit of everything actually.
What motivates you and brings out the best in you at work?
What motivates me…Well I get bored easily, so I am always wanting to do something all the time! I am involved with a lot of extra-curricular activities, such as being Social Secretary for NUTS (Newcastle University Theatre Society) as well as doing some presenting, like for a charity fashion show I did last night!
If you could give one piece of advice to a young person wanting to achieve their goals, what would it be?
I don’t think [opportunities] just come to you…I think you’ve got to put yourself out there really; make an effort for yourself!