Business Owner and Wedding Videographer: Veiled Productions
Alumna Rachel Vine came to Loughborough to study Geography and graduated in 2009. She immersed herself into student life and learnt skills that would influence her career. Find out more from Rachel below.
I fell in love with the campus. We actually visited Nottingham University open day and because we went past Loughborough to get there we stopped in to have a look. It wasn’t an open day and it was out of term time so no students were there but I loved it anyway! I hadn’t considered going to Loughborough because I thought it was ‘too sporty’ but actually there is so much more to Loughborough than the sports!
I got involved with LSUTV, which quickly become a big part of my university life. I learnt about filming and editing. I became station manager in 2009 and learnt a lot about good communication and organisation. All of these skills have been fundamental to where I am today.
Without Loughborough, it is pretty certain that I wouldn’t have started my own business. I made life long friends through LSU Media – one of which is my partner Pete who was Label Editor - who I wouldn’t have met and very likely wouldn’t be living with now! He has helped with so many aspects of the business and building my career so I have a lot to thank Loughborough for.
Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?
I would say do something you enjoy and that you are good at. Confidence is a big thing in the world of work and so you need to believe in yourself but also love what you do so that you’re motivated to do it.
Finding a job isn’t easy so make the most of the opportunities Loughborough presents to you. Get involved in the extra curricular activities and make connections with people. During the holidays, I had an office job to help fund my university life but I really wish I had found work experience in TV production or media – something relevant.
Working for free and gaining experience is much easier during university than once you’ve graduated. Building relationships is so important so don’t think of it as working for free but think of it as part of your long-term plan.
Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities during your studies? If so, how did this impact upon your Loughborough experience?
Hugely! My experiences with LSU Media definitely inspired me find a job doing something I loved and the skills allowed me to go out and film and edit weddings and think creatively. I had so much fun with LSUTV and I am super proud of everything we achieved – winning awards at NaSTA, broadcasting live for the first time ever and working more collectively with the other media departments and LSU.
A huge thanks to Loughborough, I graduated with much more than a degree and for that I am hugely grateful.
It all started when a friend of mine (who I met on the first day of primary school) was getting married. I wanted to give her something meaningful so offered to film and edit the wedding day. She wanted me to enjoy the day so suggested someone else film it. I asked a friend from LSUTV and so he offered to film it.
Once I had edited it, my friend was over the moon and really loved the film. This got me thinking I could film weddings for a living. After that I filmed a few weddings for free and learnt a lot from those weddings. After 2 years of buying equipment, setting up a website and getting some bookings, I left my full time project manager role in London and Veiled Productions became official!
Totally crazy but I am so proud of the recognition. Veiled Productions is 5 years old now and to have won awards 3 years in a row is incredible and something I never thought would happen. It’s all thanks to our wonderful couples and Loughborough where it all began. Aiming high and working hard is definitely something I learned from entering the NaSTas. There is nothing like the feeling of being announced the winner and that’s hugely motivational.
The story telling! Every couple is different and I love telling their stories through their wedding films. The day goes by so quickly for them and hearing their thoughts and reactions to the film is just the best feeling. There is such variety to the business as well – yes filming and editing (the best bits!) but also updating the website, the social media channels and networking with other businesses. I love how different every day is.
I want to keep doing what I am doing as well as getting more bookings. Continually improving the films and the company too. Hopefully win some more awards!