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Sixth Form students at Alsop High School had a surprise visit from guest speaker Andrew Morrissey. Mr Morrissey has worked as a script editor on numerous television programmes, including the recent Jimmy McGovern BBC series 'Broken', starring Sean Bean.
Andrew, nephew of actor David Morrissey, spoke about his journey from being an ordinary student in a Liverpool school to pursuing a career in the television industry.
After delivering an assembly to Year 12 students, Andrew held a Q&A session with a number of pupils who are considering studying or pursuing careers in film and broadcast media. He spoke about a range of topics, including the current high standard of film and television, his own experiences of working within the industry, and the importance of seeking work experience, showing resilience and being proactive in pursuing a career in the industry.
A number of Alsop students spoke with Andrew about their eagerness to pursue work experience at the BBC and other production companies, and received helpful advice on how to follow their goals.
Year 12 Film Studies student Aaron Blanchard comments:
“The Q&A session was really helpful and I spoke with Andrew afterwards about getting further experience and insight into working in television, and he advised me on how to go about getting work experience.”
Lorna Hind, (Film Studies and Photography student) said:
“I wouldn’t necessarily have thought I would be able to pursue a career in film and TV outside of London, but Andrew spoke about the huge array of opportunities available for students in the North West, and I am now going to research into these further.”
Holly Myers (Film Studies and Photography student) was delighted to meet Mr Morrisey:
“Andrew gave me an insight into the many different departments and roles within the industry, and also the different paths that you can go down in order to pursue a career in television. I asked him about the best companies to contact for work experience and he was very knowledgeable.”
The visit of Andrew Morrisey was also featured in the Liverpool Echo. Click the link below to view: