Basic Info

Name:
Jamie Field
Contributor Status:
Native AdVert
Initial Contribution Date:
03/14/2019

Career Info

Primary Industry:
Public Relations and Communications, Television / Film
Personal Career Headline:
Corporate video producer/director & MD, TopLine Film

My Native AdVert

Career Snapshot:

Jamie Field is MD of TopLine Film. Having started his career as a camera man, Jamie quickly built his producing and directing skills making corporate videos, TV ads and promotional videos for a wide range of clients, including Shell, Sony and a host of start-ups.

Native AdMission Statement (AKA Personal Brand Pitch):

A video producer/director with a passion for helping brands tell their stories through the medium of video. I’ve witnessed first-hand the power of video to impact millions of people and transform perceptions of a brand. I now run TopLine Film, a video production company with headquarters in London and clients around the world.

What Else To Know

Tell Us More:

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

London is one of the most dynamic, cosmopolitan cities in the world. I love the fact that every day I get to interact with people from around the world.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Anything at the Riding House Café

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – getting two small children up and ready for the day

10:00 AM at work, in meetings and occasionally at the gym

12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal? Whatever I can get that’s quick and doesn’t make me feel too guilty.

7:00 PM Putting two small children to bed.

11:00 PM Passed out!

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Coffee, coffee, coffee in the morning

Then beer, beer, beer in the evening (but not every night!!)

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I watch videos on YouTube all the time – Ozzy Man Reviews is my current favourite channel

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Anywhere as long as my dog is with me.

My Native AdVice:

How did you get into the industry?

I took a degree in media studies and found my first job as a cameraman at a small video agency. I then expanded from there to learn producing and directing before I joined the team at TopLine Film.

Career advice to those in your industry?

Careers in this industry are built on recommendations. Therefore, the best career advice I can offer is to always arrive early and look for opportunities to help out. No matter how small your role on a video shoot, you’re there because you’re needed. And whoever is in charge of the shoot needs to know that you will be there on time. There will also always be small jobs that arise on the day – be helpful, volunteer, don’t be precious and don’t complain. This will be noticed and you will be recommended and put forward for more jobs.

Any emerging industry trends?

Everyone who is making videos at the moment needs to know how to distribute them and get them in front of the broadest possible audience. Distribution and strategy are the next big things in the video industry.

My Native AdVantage:

What are my aspirations?

I want to build two things: the most successful video production company in the UK. And a car!

My Most Challenging Moment?

Leaving a comfortable job to start something on my own was a major leap of faith. But I’m so glad I did it. It hasn’t been easy, but the opportunities and career flexibility that I have enjoyed as a result have been significant.

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