Alumna Tamsin Ogilvie (Class of 1988) spoke at yesterday’s Jujiro Cultural and Creative Industries Career Event, where she spoke about her career in the film industry as a set designer.
Upon completing her A levels in Maths, Physics and Art at FHS Regent’s Park, Tamsin went on to study Theatre Design at University of Nottingham Trent and later completed a Master’s in Book Design at University of Reading. Her career has seen her work as a model maker, a film industry set designer and as a prolific graphic designer at Tamsin Ogilvie Studio. Tamsin described her time at FHS with absolute positivity, observing that the school enabled her for the world of work by “making us feel we could do it”. Said Tamsin: “During my time at FHS what stands out about the teaching was the huge enthusiasm for the subject each teacher had. Experiencing this passion every day really inspired me through tough moments in my career and keeps me challenging myself every day.”
“The nurturing nature of the school made it a very safe place to try & fail and try again. Learning through mistakes is at the heart of the creative process. And of course the art department was a home from home for me.
“There was a particularly strong social conscience that ran through all school activities. I was aware that I was incredibly lucky to be at a private school and that instilled in me a responsibility to give back that underpins my choices even now.
“The Youth & Music scheme offered amazing access to some of the most outstanding music available in London. I remember seeing Ella Fitzgerald in one of her last ever performances. This, combined with the annual school acting competition, set me on the path to my BA in theatre design.”
Tamsin encouraged students to “follow and fight for their passions”. She explained: "The nurturing nature of the school made it a very safe place to try and fail and try again. Learning through mistakes is at the heart of the creative process. And of course the art department was a home from home for me."
Tamsin was joined by parent Jane Suitor, Director and Founder of Found Art Consultancy, and Cristian Albu, Senior Specialist and Director in Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christies.
All three professionals were united in their advice to the audience of students and staff. Firstly, that “knowledge is king” (read as much as possible), secondly be hungry and determined for the next phase of life and understand that age should not negate a career change or ambition (“we all bloom at different stages”). Lastly, the trio encouraged students to “dare to dream”, believing in “yourself, your dreams and your possibilities” and not letting rejection or despair to get in the way of achieving goals.
The panel answered a host of questions from staff and students, ending on the all-important advice to “Don’t be the person who sees the problems; be the person who comes up with solutions”.
With many thanks to Tamsin, Jane and Cristian for participating in the event. To find out more about Tamsin's work, please visit her website: http://www.tamsinogilvie.com