00:00:02 Hi, my name’s Tom H and I’m the Director of Rolling Sound. My job involves many things really. From…it’s kind of evolved as the company’s evolved really so it started off from doing all the day to day logistics from booking taxis down to booking in staff. Whereas now it’s become a lot more of a kind of management role and a strategic role.
00:00:28 I originally wanted to actually be a sound engineer and when I left university, I did a music degree. I went straight into a post production house in Soho. I started off as a runner which was on minimum wage which I think at the time was £9,500 a year and it wasn’t the working hours as well. You’d have to stay, if you’re on the late shift, you stayed until the clients left which could be two or three in the morning.
00:00:54 After going to university and studying and, you know, you kind of come out with a lot of aspirations. Being a runner wasn’t. I didn’t enjoy it too much but I just kind of got my head down and got on with it.
00:01:07 I was quite shy, I was quite quiet. I did okay at school. I didn’t get any As at GCSE. I then kind of went onto do my A levels. I didn’t dislike school but I didn’t have the best of times I don’t think. I think I had a better life outside of school. I was very much into my music. I was in a lot of bands and I think that kind of spurred me on and excited me more creatively than I think the stuff I was doing at school. I think I imagined that I was probably going to get famous with my band, record, well towards that kind of thing.
00:01:42 I had a really, really good time at university. A great experience. I think it kind of really set me up and I kind of changed quite a bit whilst I was there in terms of getting a lot of more confident. Just starting to shape my own ideas if I think what I wanted to do with my life really.
00:02:01 I think a pivotal moment in my career was when I left the post production house I was working for at first, I was incredibly unhappy with the work I was doing. And a friend called me up from university and said that a post had come up as a teaching post at the Royal National Institute for the Blind and it was teaching sound engineering and I just really, really enjoyed the work.
00:02:29 I found it very rewarding and that I think really kind of shaped…it’s part of the reason I’m doing what I’m doing now ‘cos I really enjoyed teaching. Off the back of that, I became self-employed ‘cos I was only two, two and a half days a week and I think that’s when I really started to realise that I enjoyed working with young people and wanting to help young people essentially.
00:02:50 Our business has taken a long time to get where it is today. It really was little by little. We didn’t actually pay ourselves for I think the first, was it, the first three years. My father actually ran his own company for many years although at the time, I didn’t want to do that at all. I think that perhaps his personality has had an effect on me really. He had his own company for about 25 years really. So I think the way he kind of dealt with people and also perhaps didn’t like working for other people has rubbed off on me.
00:03:24 In five years time, I’d still very much like to be involved in Rolling Sound. I think as the company grows as we’d like it to, we’d like it to grow internationally, we’d like it to do kind of more innovative, creative projects and I think I’d like to be involved with those and hopefully that can involve…I’d still very much like to be based in England but I’d like to be doing a lot more travelling.
00:03:49 The main things that motivate me are the fact that I really do love what I do and I love what Rolling Sound does. I think one of the driving factors is that essentially what we’re doing is helping young people. It is very satisfying when you see a young person who either says to you or has said to the tutor or you see an email saying I did this course, it’s inspired me to do this, I’m now at college and that’s from a young person who’s perhaps not being doing anything with their life for two years. And that really is probably one of the key drivers for why we do this.