Happy Chhokar is Director of Operations and Business Development at Run VT Ltd. We caught up with her for our In Focus series, which highlights the work of inspirational women from across the sector.
Hi Happy, great to catch up! Could you tell us more about your role at Run VT Ltd?
The main purpose of my role is to ensure we can function from a technical and operational point of view to meet client deadlines and expectations. No pressure!
What does a day in your working life look like?
Emails, emails, emails. No one day is the same. But typically, I am overseeing our post department and our schedules. Ensuring working flows are followed. Trouble shooting issues. I also spend time developing possible workflows and practices to help stream line our procedures and functionality as a group. Finance is also key, and I assist the MD with this on a regular basis by looking after the company budget. To sum it up in our clients words, I literally run the place.
How did you begin your career and what inspired you to look at jobs within the broadcast technology sector?
I began my career assisting a BBC News cameraman and helping set up short training courses for cameramen that would need to be able to edit as well as shoot. Technology has always fascinated me, how you go from A to B to deliver Z. I wanted to be part of the process. Production was always my goal, but I somehow fell into the post and technical side of things.
Building my knowledge up about post production kit and camera kits at hire companies, I eventually began my post career at Lion TV. There, I helped shaped the department alongside the head. Being naturally organised I took full advantage of my skill set along with my technical knowledge and built work flows and procedures that fit with the work environment and budget that we had. I also someone got handed the responsibility of looking after the department’s budget.
What are the main challenges facing the sector over the coming year?
Pushing more female talent into more technical roles is crucial; there are not enough of us. I would also like to push for more diverse workforces behind the scenes and being credited.
An additional challenge that’s affecting the whole sector is the broadcasters and production companies and their budgets. Budgets are being cut but the same volume of work is expected if not more. Something has to give.
What are your main challenges over the coming year?
The main challenges this year for Run VT are to grow the creative part of the business. Build a new studio as well as find new creatives in sound and picture. Another big target is to roll out short courses in post and cameras which are currently in development stage.
Thanks to Happy for sharing more about her experiences.