Norfolk film graduate sets up own video business

A film graduate has told how setting up his own business has paid off – after he struggled to find work after finishing his studies.

Tom Martin has now made several music videos and has corporate clients, and has not looked back since making the decision to become his own boss.

The 22-year-old, who studied at the University of East Anglia, said: 'I graduated in July 2010 with a first class degree in film and television.

'At university I did a lot of work experience for local companies but to get a job you need a year's work place experience. I had done some videos during university for various people and I continued to get a few calls afterwards. So I took what savings I had and bought a camera.'

He created Fast Forward Media and now 70pc of his work comes from corporate clients, such as Holden Honda and Norfolk Homes, while the remaining 30pc are creative projects, such as music videos. Mr Martin, who lives in Buxton and studied A-levels at City College Norwich, said: 'I would recommend setting up your own business for anyone who has got the passion and the drive to do something.

'It does need to be something you really love, but be prepared because it's a lot of hard work. There's nothing to beat the feeling of being you own boss.'

Mr Martin made the video for band Ten Million Colours for their single Slow, and also a music video for up and coming Sprowston singer Tay Devlin.