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From Italy to London with Francesca Gelli

1st October 2018

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What attracted you to study at BIMM in London?

I’ve always been in love with London ever since I was a child. Growing up, this love became stronger and more serious. A couple of years ago I started planning to move here and when I realised that BIMM had a building in London as well, everything became clear.

Was it easy to get settled in London?

Luckily enough I have loads of friends that lived here before me. When I first arrived in London a year ago I stayed at a friend’s house for the first week and she told me everything that I had to do to start working and what I could expect from this city. It wasn’t easy, but having someone that can help you in telling what exactly you need to do to “survive” was essential. I also remember a meeting at BIMM with some other international students; they gave a sort of ‘guide to London’ and that was very useful as well.

How are you finding the music scene?

London’s music scene is mainly the reason why I decided to study Music Business here. You can find literally anything in this city, and everyone has the possibility to make their voice heard. There are loads of venues and people that can and will definitely help you in putting on a gig; you just need the will and the professionalism to do it properly and always give your best.

Why did you chose to study Music Business?

Another thing I knew since I was a child (apart from wanting to live in London) is that I love music. Music is truly amongst the reasons why I wake up every single morning and try to be a decent person. At first I wanted to be a singer, then a journalist. But at a young age these ideas and projects are always quite abstract and temporary – but they all had music in common, so I decided to pick Music Business since that course had a bit of everything and it can prepare me for whatever I decide to become.

Any advice for someone looking to make the move to study here in London?

Be ready to work hard but also expect to be repaid with an amazing experience. London is very expensive so you’ll probably need to find a job and try to both study and work. My advice is to not be afraid of doing this, prepare yourself in advance by looking at everything you need to know before moving here, do your research and just be brave – this city will totally change your life!

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Sarah-Louise Burns

After studying Ba(Hons) Photography, Sarah has worked in Social Media Marketing since 2013 - she's now part of the BIMM Social Media Team, and is photographer for the Who, What, Why series.