Find a course.

Lives Online homepage

Subscribe to Lives Online

Posts Tagged ‘media’

Natasha Steel

BSc (Hons) Psychology

My Life Changing Moments

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Although I did my little graduation video, which you may have seen, I also answered a few questions to be made into my own ‘Life Changing Moments’ video. Since blogging for Lives Online I’m pretty comfortable talking in front of camera and I thought it’d be a nice thing to do to remember my graduation day too!

I hope you like it and count how many times I say really! Haha!

Graduating from the University of Sunderland

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

See my graduation experience!

It’s Graduation Day!

Monday, July 7th, 2014

A quick photo from this morning. I’ll have more up soon and a video to follow!

photo (3)


Sunday, June 29th, 2014

An envelope arrived yesterday from Sunderland Uni, I saw it before I went out to the hairdressers but didn’t think much of it. Earlier in the week I received my graduation tickets, so I just presumed it was something relating to that. After returning from the hairdressers and going back through town to meet up with a friend, I had around an hour at home to get lunch before going back out (yep, I’m sure yesterday was one of the busiest days I’ve had in a long time!) As I was stood chatting in the kitchen and browsing facebook, I spotted one of the girls from my dissertation group had announced her results. I panicked! I asked her if the results had popped up online on Evision early (which would have been sneaky) but her response ‘came in the post’ had me rushing to the porch to grab that letter I’d shrugged off at 8:45am!

All of a sudden it hit me. Whatever was written inside this letter was the result of three years of hard work. I took a deep breath and opened it. Yes, it was my results. Well, it was my entire transcript of results from all the modules I’ve done over the past three years. I quickly skimmed the first page before turning to page 2, the one where I’d find out what I’d been given for my dissertation and overall for my degree.

76 overall for our dissertation, wow! All that hard work had paid off, all the stress, the late nights, waking up and thinking I was meant to be mixing sound when it was 4am was all worth it. Ahhhh! Now for the overall degree classification.


I saw those three words and burst into tears. I could barely see the words on the page, but I knew I’d read it right. I still can’t explain how it feels and I didn’t expect to cry when I saw it, but it all just got too much. I knew I’d worked hard and I knew I was going to be on the borderline of a 2:1 and a 1st, but I didn’t know if I could actually do it.

Happy doesn’t really cover it and every time I think about it, I could cry again I’m just so surprised!

I definitely earned that cake I had yesterday when I went back out and I can completely justify buying a few things I’ve had my eye on now.

What a week, a graduate job and I’m going to graduate with a first! Wow!

Working with 180 year 6 students!

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Yup, as you can probably tell from the title – it’s been a pretty crazy day. I do love ambassador work though, it’s so rewarding and I enjoy meeting all the different people at events.  Today it was a Primary event with lots of year 6 students. As always, Professor John Kilcoyne was there to do his Chemistry talk/demonstration and the students always love it. I think I’m going to do a post and a video about being a student ambassador sometime in the next few weeks – when I find I have a spare afternoon! It’s crazy, you’d think that because I’m now finished all my university work that I’d have loads of spare time, but it’s really not the case at all!

student ambassador sunderland university

Handing in My Final Assignment

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

I’m no stranger to this vlogging business, so here’s my little vlog from when I handed in my final assignment. I thought I’d have some time to myself now I’ve finished everything for university but for some reason, I’ve still been busy! I’ll explain what I’ve been up to in my next sit-down and chat video, which should be up next week.


I just handed in my final EVER assignment!!!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

That’s it guys, I’ve handed in my final ever university assignment, cue the cheesy photo below! Now what am I gonna do….?

photo (21)

My Experience at The Network

Friday, March 28th, 2014


Today I want to speak to you about The Network, a talent scheme that I managed to get a place on last summer. It was a fantastic experience and something I really encourage you to look into if you’re someone who wants a career in the media industry, especially in TV.

I met some amazing people and I don’t mean just the guest speakers who took the time to come and chat with us, but the other delegates who were on the scheme were all great.

Find out more in the video below and see some photos from my experience there last summer. For a in-depth look at what I got up to, you can read this blog post here.

Good luck if you apply! Unfortunately I can’t guarantee you’ll meet Vince Gilligan.

Dissertation Test Shots

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

On Monday I went over to Cumbria with my dissertation group to look at our locations and do some test shots. As I’m the sound designer for the film, I was mainly checking for any odd sounds, echoes or anything that could affect the recordings. It went really well and we found the areas in our locations where we’ll be shooting some of the scenes for our film!

1236508_710583508986742_1420574750_nHere I am with Kit (writer/editor) Rob (Camera) and Sarah (Director) at the top of  our (slightly foggy) forest location.

Get a sneak preview of some other parts of our locations and see what we got up to in the video below.

A trip to London for the RTS Craft Skills Event

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Last week I headed down to London with seven other media students for an RTS (Royal Television Society) event. We were chosen to attend based on our skills and it was an incredible opportunity to network with some industry professionals in the big city!

We got the train down on Tuesday evening ready for the event on Wednesday which was held at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden (it was lovely and they even had REN soap and hand cream in the toilets. A bit of a strange thing to mention you may think, but as I blog about beauty amongst other things on Hello Freckles, seeing a high-end brand like that reminded me where I was and the exclusivity of the event)

It was a fantastic experience and if you’re looking to study any form of media degree, networking is essential to getting your foot in the door and securing runner jobs. I don’t think you need to have your own business cards, it helps, but when you’re just starting out and still a student, just being confident enough to walk up to someone, speak to someone and maybe ask for their card is always a good start.

You can see what I got up to in the video below where I’m vlogging on the streets of London.

I already can’t wait to go back and do all the touristy things, starting with finding platform 3/4 in Kings Cross station!

  • Name: Tasha Steel
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Media Production (Video and New Media) BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Sunderland
  • Ambitions: I want to have a creative role within the media industry. I'm keeping my options open right now and just trying to get as much experience as possible.

Find out more about the University of Sunderland:

Contact the Helpline: