A look into the role of a production professional
As a Holmesglen graduate, Marina never considered the end of her screen and media course as the finishing line. Her motivation has always been measured by her next goal. It's this enthusiasm that has landed her work with some of Australia's biggest production companies.
"It's half taking what you can get [at the time] and it's half about finding yourself and moving up a level," Marina says. "I would go and work at channel 31 and work on my friend's TV show, and get work experience at Channel 10. I was trying to actively work and get experience."
Marina's key career moment came when she started working as a front of house and facilities coordinator for Cutting Edge Post. Her roles included supporting the executive producers, organising promotional and event shoots, and quoting and preparing jobs.
"By taking that job, that's where my production career boomed. They saw that I could never say no," she affirms.
Throughout and following her screen and media course, she has developed her professional skills with various productions, such as working as a location assistant for The Amazing Race China, production assistant on The Great Gatsby and freelancer with Family Feud.
"If your name is continuously circulating between production managers and you have a good reputation, it doesn't matter what level you are at, you will always get work."
For Marina, the success so far in her screen and media career has been about belief. She hopes students will maintain the same confidence during and after their course.
"There will always be better opportunities. Always. You just have to trust that."