Alex Bai­ley Mak­ing it as a free­lancer

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“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.”

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