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Joe Tasker

Joe went straight from his course to a job using his new skills.

Joe  Tasker

BA (Hons) Performance for Live and Recorded Media, 2014

If you have your mind set on something in the course, it can help you strengthen your skills in that area, and even better, make you gain new ones you might not have realised you had.

What brought you to study at Teesside University?

It was one of few Universities which had the course I wanted. The facilities such as the TV studios and radio station were very appealing.

What was the course like?

The course didn’t just focus on one particular subject such as acting for three years, it had choice and variety. One term I could study and perform comedy, and the next term I could choose to present a television show or act in a filmed drama piece. If you have your mind set on something in the course, it can help you strengthen your skills in that area, and even better, make you gain new ones you might not have realised you had. It gave me so much experience and transferable skills to use within different parts of the industry - radio hosting, TV studio filming, live audiences etc. I pushed myself to try everything, from stand-up comedy across Middlesbrough to hosting my own radio show on clickteesside.

In addition,I absolutely loved the Students’ Union and the team behind it. I hosted many student events there and worked with brilliant staff.

What are you doing now?

I work as Entertainment Host for ‘Peel Talent’, on board Thomson Cruises across the world. I also work with Shonette Bason-Wood (International Motivational Speaker) and Andy Cope (Art of Brilliance), touring the UK, driving energy into conferences and events with audience surprises and hosting comedy game shows. My ambition is to host on CBBC or prime evening entertainment such as ‘Xtra Factor/Britain’s Got More Talent’. I’m always working hard and making new connections each day.