Country and nationality


Professional role in the film industry

Freelance videographer, video and photo editor working on production and editing.  

Years of experience in the film industry

 4 years

Melissa Green

I originally wanted to be a journalist then marine biologist and then post sound editor  and sound designer, but discovered people outside the industry  where not sure what that was 

I decided to study Media and TV studies applied to The Net Films School which gave me the tools I needed.Since graduating I set up as a freelancer and have worked on projects from Clarins to UNICEF

This is her project, where she fully feels her life’s purpose “There are smiles that should last forever!”.


 I would have liked to have more female role models.  Few of my tutors were women. Female friends are a help but peers to professionals in the industry are important.

It has been more difficult to be seen and my voice heard, but it got better. I have not been told no because I am a woman.  I had a lack of confidence and took criticism personally thinking I was not good enough. It is easy to get too attached to a project and difficult to remember it is for someone else


Overcoming Obstacles 

I decided to broaden my skills and opportunities and become a good all-rounder There are some tough barriers. It is a male dominated industry. Networking is very important   to get your hands on any work you can to enable you to climb the ladder. I delved into camera and   postproduction added more strings to my bow so that really offered more prospects and more people contacted me.


Remember, people show their show reels You do not see the hardships and struggles behind this.

‘Try your best, don’t compare yourself to others. It is not a sprint. It is never too late to start learning new skills. In the words of Dr Zeus.  The people who mind don’t matter and the people who matter don’t mind’. 



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