We really love learning about people who live in Cardiff and the Vale. Anna Brees shares her story.
How long have you lived here?
I have lived here for 8 years. I have lived in the Channel Islands (and Guernsey) Gloucestershire, Birmingham, Oxford, and the New Forest and I have to say this area is my favourite. For the beaches, coastline, shopping, events – comedy clubs, theatre, concerts, parks, and the affordable cost of living. This area on balance has it all! And only two hours on the train to London.
What do you do for a living?
I had a successful career as broadcast journalist for the BBC and ITV for 11 years, then I moved to South Wales (had children) and recently launched my company Brees Media, passing on professional broadcasting skills to others as we are all now producing and publishing video online. An opportunity arose for me to return to the BBC, but I felt my calling was to empower citizen and community journalists who are already doing sterling work on social along with corporate communications and marketing teams.
What services do the company offer?
I teach people how to film, edit and present using their mobile phones – but more importantly how to find the best video vehicle for your message. For example, square and portrait works better on the newsfeed, landscape on YouTube and Vimeo. I also talk about the power of geomarketing using Facebook advertising.
What do you enjoy about what you do?
The look on people’s faces following a workshop, it feels like I have just taught them how to write, or speak or sing! It is incredibly rewarding. It is a skill that I feel duty bound to share as a truth seeking journalist, empowering all voices and opinions and I love doing it.
What geographical area does the business cover?
The UK. I have travelled to Blackburn, Edinburgh, Ruthin, and Taunton in the last month, training comms teams for large corporate organisations. I also teach workshops in South Wales for individuals and small businesses.
What do you enjoy doing in your downtime?
I like watching YouTube documentaries, running along the beautiful coastline and going to comedy clubs and the theatre.
Where do you like to eat out?
I love the Captains Wife in Sully and Mo’s Indian in Penarth and Toby Carvery in Rhoose.
What three words describe you?
Courageous, Confident, Creative.
What drives you?
It is an exceptionally exciting and transitional time in the media at the moment. All you have to do is follow the money – and in advertising you get more bang for your buck on social. It is taking over from the established media (print and terrestrial TV). All I am doing is upskilling those who want to get their message out in a more professional and engaging way via video. Be a broadcaster and a publisher is my message to everyone.
What makes you laugh?
I love Vic and Bob, the original Big Night Out and the new one recently launched on BBC 4. I can’t fault Peep Show and Alan Partridge too. I could watch them all day long.
What motivates you?
My Father. Every single second of the day. He was and still is the most selfless man I ever met and was never motivated by power or money, just compassion and that is what drives me.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Still in this area and helping everyone upskill and adapt to this new and very exciting media environment. Also helping communication and marketing professionals, as well as traditional media outlets, create channels that compete with terrestrial TV.
Anna Brees offers a two day mobile video workshop from her training venue in Sully, Vale of Glamorgan, for more details please email firstname.lastname@example.org.