Alex Bailey Making it as a freelancer
“I went straight from school into full-time employment as a junior photographer with the South London Guardian group of newspapers. After spending a few years developing and processing film in the darkroom, I progressed to staff photographer, then spent a spell as an in-house photographer at GEC Wembley before deciding to go freelance.
“My break into the movie business came through a friend of a friend who was working as the publicity assistant on Robin
Hood: Prince of Thieves. They were looking for an assistant to help the main photographer for a poster shoot – talk about being dropped in at the deep end! It was high-quality television drama that really got me started in the business, though, as the production companies could commit to blocks of days over several months. This gave me the confidence to invest in better kit, a reliable car, a computer and a mobile phone. As I became more established I was able to develop my career in the movies by way of contacts and film/TV publicity companies.”