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Blog post | Q&A with Stephen Boulter, Junior Project Manager

What tips would you give to somebody who is looking to get started in digital media?
Don’t be shy. Be willing to try everything and to not be afraid of failure. Ask questions. Be honest. The best lessons are learnt from mistakes. Also make sure you enjoy tea and coffee!

Who had the greatest influence on you during your career?
Christopher Nolan. The way his films combine straight up action with a psychological thriller element really keeps you thinking even after you have left the cinema. I have watched Inception countless times and always pick up on new bits every time I watch.

Describe a typical day in your childhood.
My early school days were good times. Once school was finished, me and my friends would take about a two hour walk home through obscure routes – the school was a 20 minute walk away at most. Along the route back we would somehow get our school uniforms ruined through puddles, mud and lose our ties. Due to my parents both working late at the time, my Italian Nan would look after me which meant once I finally returned home I would have either pizza, pie or pasta (or sometimes a hybrid of all three!) for a pre-dinner meal. Then later, I would have a regular dinner with my parents. Looking back, I think it is safe to say that was the reason for my chubby childhood!

Do you remember your first day of school?
Yes – I turned up late with my best friend who lived across the road from me. A great way to make a first impression. Luckily my lateness is behind me now!

What teacher had the greatest impact on you?
Mr Mudd – my GCSE Media teacher. He introduced me to some incredible films and gave me my first experience of using iMovie (albeit I used it to create terrible ‘horror’ movies). His passion and enthusiasm for media really shaped my passion and enthusiasm for media production. Plus he introduced me to some great bands!

Did you have pets?
We have always had dogs in our family – to this date we have a golden retriever called Alfie, who is 13 years to the good and still going strong.

When did you get your first doll?
It was the summer of 1992…I mean…not applicable!

Were you popular as a teenager?
It was a typically Inbetweeners scenario – not cool enough for the ‘cool’ kids, but way too cool for the ‘weird’ kids. The right balance – just the way I like it!

If you could be or do anything else – what?
It would have to be either an Olympic Runner or a Drummer in a touring rock band. Pretty much two polar opposites. Think Usain Bolt(er) meets Tommy Lee!

If you could live in any other time, when might that be?
It would have to be the 1970s. The films, fashion and music – Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Aerosmith, Kiss, Black Sabbath, the Ramones, the Clash, Rush, The Stooges, Judas Priest. I could go on!

What one word would you use to describe yourself?

What one word would your friends use to describe you?
Hilarious (I would like to think).

If you could change one thing in your past, what might that be?
Having long hair at sixth form college – I looked like a combination of Kurt Cobain meets Hanson. I knew the day that someone thought I was female, was the day to cut it / that rock n’ roll died.

What are you most proud of?
My range of hairstyles throughout time.

What do you dislike most about yourself?
The inability to sometimes completely chill out. Whether this be checking my phone or just thinking about the day, it would be nice to just have a Sleep mode, that is for sure!

What do you dislike most in others?

If they made a movie of your life story… would it sell?
Of course! It would star a young Ryan Gosling and be an intense action thriller directed by Christopher Nolan. My hair would be played by Leonardo Dicaprio who would finally win an Oscar for Best Supporting Role!

What do you like most about your job? What do you like least?
I love the range of projects and clients that Drum work with. The vast range really keeps me on my toes and forever challenges me to further myself.

What has been the happiest day of your life?
May be a slightly odd choice but the day I skydived. The rush from skydiving was the best feeling I have ever had in life and really made me appreciate the true beauty of this country (or Swindon to be precise).

What has been the saddest?
The day I crashed my car – she had 3 days left until retirement.

When did you find out life is not fair?
When my junior school had no left handed scissors #lefthandersrights

How did you get into this business?
After finishing university, I came across Drum, dug their work and always checked up on their latest vacancies. Luckily when the moment came along, I applied, they gave me a chance and the rest is history!

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
It’s very odd – eating an entire kiwi. Skin on and everything. I have been ridiculed many times for this, but it is the most healthy part, increasing the fibre intake. Plus it means you don’t need a spoon!

What’s one thing you have to keep stocked in your fridge?
Besides kiwis (not sure on fruit in the fridge – that’s a discussion for the future) it has to be scotch eggs. I am a sucker for party food even when no parties are happening!

Why would a client love you or maybe just want to work with you?
I would like to think I am very open with clients – I would never throw jargon language into the conversation for no apparent reason and always be available for a chat.

Do you have a pet?
Unfortunately my flat does not allow pets – though we have secretly smuggled in a house spider called Derek or ‘Del’ for short. Nice guy Del, just chills behind the television, occasionally eating flies and keeps himself to himself. Good flatmate.

How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I think it’s very important to also put 100% into relaxing when not working. For me this is either running ludicrous distances across the mean streets of Cove or playing the drums at rehearsal rooms in North Camp.

What is the biggest challenge for project managers?
I would like to think the biggest challenge and therefore biggest reward would be keeping everyone you work with happy and producing a piece of work that everyone can be proud of.

What keeps you up at night?
My neighbours having parties on a Wednesday night. I have been before and sadly the parties are not that great – still always better than having parties in your own house!