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    My Journey To Sky Production Services – #2: Femi Oridota (Multi Skilled Operator)

    How It Started

    What was your first ever job?

    My first job was as a barrow boy at North End Road Market in Fulham. It was a great experience, as I got to interact with lots of different people and I also had the perk of being able to bring fruit and veg home to share with my family.

    What brought you to SPS?

    I started out at Sky Sports working on football, but as production was pretty much always on the road and I was about to have my third child, I needed something with less travel. That’s when I decided to make the jump over to SPS and I’ve been here for the last 7 years.

    Femi Oridota, Harry Redknapp & Jamie Redknapp

    How has your role evolved over the years?

    My role was originally Floor managing on OBs (outside broadcasts), then it changed to Floor Assistant, and now I’m an MSO (Multi Skilled Operator).

    What were your biggest professional challenges and how did you overcome them?

    The biggest challenge and achievement was actually prior to joining Sky. It was getting my record label off the ground, where we sold 15,000 units independently and we were nominated for ‘Young Black Business Of The Year’, which was won by Sky Andrews (football agent).

    How It’s Going

    What does your day to day work life look like?

    My workday looks different every day. If I am on Cameras, I’m getting shots ready, listening to the Director, and staying on top of rundowns, as shots can change. If I’m on Lighting, I need to make sure the set is lit, and the programme output is correct.

    But I’m most in my element when I’m managing the floor, as I’ve got to keep the presenters happy and ready to go, help guests feel comfortable, and make sure they have the most enjoyable experience.

    What’s been your SPS career highlight and why?

    My SPS highlight was working with Kevin Ramsey and Liam Wood to visit Grenfell. We got the chance to sit down and talk with residents from the area to create a plan to provide jobs and leave a legacy. Being personally involved, I know what it meant to those recruited but also to the area. For me, it was an example of ‘believing in better’ at its finest and hands down, my proudest moment. Every single person involved should be proud.

    Sky Production Services' Femi Oridota

    What can you see yourself doing next?

    Hopefully, I’ll be continuing to make a change and be the best I can be, on whichever path my journey takes me.

    How It Can Be Done

    What are your top 3 tips for becoming a Multi Skilled Operator?

    • Motivated
    • Flexible
    • Adaptable

    What would you tell your 16-year-old self?

    Be fearless and always try to make a difference.