From making Jimmy Carr’s coffees to working behind-the-scenes at Britain’s Got Talent where she comforted crying contestants, Sabrina Grant has done it all. Her varied career path proves that there’s really no set route into television.
Having just finished working with the BBC on a children’s programme, Sabrina, 29, is now working on new TV show pitches. The presenter also does a lot of work as a stylist and is currently working on Strictly Come Dancing. Is there anything this woman can’t do?
Here, Sabrina chats to List for Life about her television journey.
1. Talk us through your career path…
I started off working as an actress after graduating from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Whilst I was in between acting work I wanted to find a side job that I enjoyed as much as performing. I thought it would be a good idea to start working in TV production as it was related and equally creative. It was a good career choice as I got an insight into how the industry works, something which has been very helpful to me now as I pursue my career in presenting.
2. Did you always know that you wanted to work in fashion and presenting?
I used to watch Davina McCall and Zoe Ball when I was younger and think that I wanted to do what they do. They are still two of my favourite presenters now. I completely fell into styling after I started freelancing in TV and met a brilliant stylist who I began to assist. After the first few days on the job I very quickly realised that this was something I loved doing so I continued to work with her until I gained enough experience to take on my own work.
3. What would be your advice to people wanting a career like yours?
You have to be thick skinned, patient, persistent and work hard. For presenting you should definitely think about putting a short show reel together that shows off who you are, your personality and interests. It’s not always what you know, but who you know. Speak to anyone you can who is doing the job you want to, ask for help on how to get into the industry. I would also recommend starting a YouTube channel as it’s a great way to be seen quickly. It’s a very similar story for styling, it’s important to make as many contacts as you can.
4. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Eat your greens!
5. Do you think the working world is harder for women than men?
I think it’s a massive problem in our society and I have unfortunately come across it, especially in the media industry.
6. What would you tell your younger self?
Open up a savers account and make sure you put money in it!
7. What projects are you working on at the moment that we can look out for?
I’m currently styling TV presenter Anita Rani who is taking part in this years Strictly Come Dancing. I’m also working on a number of TV pitches for shows that I hope to present. That’s another good bit of advice I’d give to anyone looking to work in the industry actually– go out and try to make your own work!
Watch Sabrina in action in the video below…