This week in the spotlight is (SSPP) Technical Operations Manager, Jamie Barton.
Jamie is one of the friendliest Farmers with a real can-do attitude. He will go above and beyond to make sure each project runs smoothly, but what really makes the man tick!
How did you become a Farmer?
The year was 2010: the world first met Aleksandr the meerkat, Peggy made her final appearance on Eastenders and Jamie Barton was looking for a job. I was fresh out of Uni and staying with my best mate in London. We were enjoying/tolerating the wine from the local corner shop (2 bottles for a fiver; not sure you could class it as wine) and deliberating what was next (as in life, not wine, we had a second bottle to get through). I wanted to find an "in" to the editing world and, after dishing out a few CVs, I was figuring out next steps. Little did I know, my fellow wino's brother worked at Farm! The rest is history. I did some work experience, got an interview and - 6 months later - packed my bags for London and started as a runner. I put the 6-month wait down to my terrible interview - apparently "documentary" isn't the right answer to the question "what's your favourite TV show...?".
What is the best part of your job?
The people. I've made some great friends here and enjoy working and collaborating with everyone.
Bonus: the wine is much better than the corner shops! Bring on a bloody good party after this last year! *cough* MARK!
What have you missed most in Lockdown?
Obviously seeing family and friends. But also freedom and being spontaneous! And the pub. Spontaneously going to the pub.
I also miss not hearing phantom Teams notifications.
What’s the one thing that most people do not know about you?
My nickname as a child was Womble. Because I collected things and put them in my red box, mainly batteries. I collected batteries as a child...
What’s the last thing that made you smile?
The Oprah Winfrey GIF... "What?" - I've made it a shortcut, it's very useful.
The funniest thing that’s happened to you at the Farm?
This is more of an admission than a funny story but here goes… during my early days as a runner, I was asked to take the work van for an MOT, keen and excited as I was I jumped in the van and set off from Livonia St and into Soho. Soon remembering I’d never actually driven in central London, let alone a transit van… I got there and back in one piece albeit a bit shell shocked, but not without going down a few bus lanes (and I think in the wrong direction too!). So yeah, maybe a couple of angry bus drivers and a ticket or two (sorry) but the van was in one piece and passed its test! All’s well that ends well. And I stick to driving projects and computers now.
How do you unwind and de-stress after a busy day?
Music, candlelit baths, tending to my plants (a pandemic addition), the pub (pre-pandemic) and exercise. Not in that order and all whilst nursing my battery collection.
What three words best describe you?
Clumsy, ambitious, fun.
Your favourite farm animal?