30 seconds in the hot seat with Laura Kilbride, Supervising Producer for Create and Craft
- How did you become a producer and for how long you have been doing this role?
I have been a producer with the company since it started in 2000. I was here before we were even on air. I produced on Ideal World for many years and then was part of the launch team for Create and Craft and have been primarily with Craft ever since
- Please tell what your typical day at production looks like?
No two days are the same in production. I think that is why I love it. I never get bored because there are always new challenges!
I work 12-hour shifts either early or late shift. When I come in I grab my paperwork and look at emails and then go down to the studio to prep with presenters and guests. The day is spent between office and gallery and studio, prepping, then executing the live show, then debriefing and writing minutes, and then onto the next show. Producers do four or five live shows a day. in between, we also have to see buyers and creative teams regarding future shows and make plans for these so there is never a dull moment!
- What skills do you need to be a good producer?
You definitely have to be adaptable as things are always changing and things can go wrong in a live environment. It keeps things exciting though. You also need to be able to prioritise and work well under pressure. Having a sense of humor also helps!
- Please share one of the craziest things that have happened to you whilst producing?
The gallery door locked itself once and we were stuck in there for three hours straight, doing shows we hadn’t prepped, with other production team members passing pol sheets under the gap in the door. It wasn’t that big a deal really but the presenter Nigel was turning it into a big drama for the viewers which was quite funny
- Are you a crafter yourself? If so, what crafts do you do?
Being around so many creative and talented people have definitely inspired me to get creative myself. I recently bought a Screen Sensation. I have tried sewing, which I am not so good at! I have also started painting. I am not that good yet but it is so therapeutic. I totally get why so many people turn to crafting as a way to relax and de-stress
- Please share a random fact about you!
I am quite a random person so this is quite tough. There are so many! I really love animals and I once submitted a video of my cat to a well -known social media community and it went viral. Pretty sad that this is my only claim to fame!