Marina graduated in 2007 with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and American and Canadian Studies. She currently works for STUDIOCANAL as a Film Publicist.
“My American and Canadian Studies degree taught me how to multi-task across a range of different subjects. Doing such diverse modules has been particularly helpful in an industry where I am working on films across a variety of different genres at any given time.
I enjoy working with filmmakers and establishing relationships with them throughout the campaign process. It is incredibly rewarding to follow a film's journey from the early stages, be it film festival premieres or production itself, to release and in some cases beyond that through to the awards season. It is a demanding job that takes up a lot of time but being part of a vibrant industry is something to be proud of.
I get to work with a lot of very talented filmmakers and actors and work at a company that is committed to bringing intelligent films to UK audiences. I have always loved film, something that I was really able to expand with my ACS degree, so I enjoy now being paid to do it!”
Emma graduated in 2001 with a BA in English and American Studies. She is now the Assistant Editor of Star Magazine and is a ghost-writer of celebrity books.
“American Studies has always been a great conversation starter. My degree helped me learn to work to deadlines, something that’s crucial in my line of work.
I recall having a brilliant range of choices when it came to choosing modules. I studied the CIA, American film, and chose my favourite author for one module.
My advice to current students would be to make really good use of their spare time – sign up for the student radio or newspaper, anything at all. Every extra experience you have will count for something in the future.
After university I joined a graduate training scheme at a local newspaper, the Uxbridge Gazette. I moved on to writing gossip columns for national newspapers, including the People and the News of the World. I decided to make the move to gossip / celebrity magazines and am now Assistant Editor at Star Magazine.
The best part of my job is that no two days are the same. One minute I could be interviewing one of my favourite celebrities, the next I could be on my way to an awards ceremony somewhere in Europe. It’s ever-changing, which makes my job exciting and fulfilling.”