I started Sixth Form College straight after school and studied there for about two weeks before realising I hated it and that I wanted to do Live Sound instead. BIMM had been mentioned to me by a few people so I thought, ‘why not? Let’s do it’. I filled out the application and got a confirmation two weeks before the start of term – as I was late applying – but thankfully I got on the course. I chose the Live Sound course as I had done little bits of musical theatre and live sound at my high school and other events.
The Diploma course helped me by giving me the basic knowledge and tools to become a music industry professional. Although I specialised in Live Sound, we also had to study Music Business to learn about the industry in the past and present day.
I think progressing to the degree was a smart choice for me as it felt like a natural progression rather than going somewhere else. I knew the staff and some students on the degree course already and this made the transition much easier and friendlier.
There is no one moment that stands out most from the Diploma as it was filled with great moments. If I had to list the top 3 things they would be; working as a stage manager at Gorilla, being given the chance to work at Glastonbury, 2000 Trees, and several other festivals, and thirdly meeting all the wonderful people – both staff and students – at BIMM.
I would highly recommend this course. I would also add that, like a lot of things, if you put a lot of effort and passion into it you will be sure to get the most that Bimm has to offer. This might include working on technical productions at the Ritz, Gorilla, and Sound Control, or engineering at some of the biggest festivals in the country – and maybe getting paid work in your chosen field next year.