My Journey With Channel 4

Manifesting my dream company and more

For as long as I can remember I’ve always been fascinated with the world of TV, Media and Advertising. But I never had the slightest idea on how I can get into this industry without going to University.

2017

I remember going on online and seeing an event on how to get into TV and from there I just knew God was giving me a sense of direction to follow. So I did, I signed up for a free ticket and I was selected as the tickets were limited. I would say attending this event was probably the best decision I could have ever made. It truly changed the course of my life.

During the event, I was giving exposure to all different departments within Channel 4. Amazingly, I excelled within the Advertising department and I was given a certificate from this event. This certificate acknowledged my passion and my contributions throughout the day. I remember when my name got called out in front of everyone and I just knew as I was walking down the stairs that this was it. I was now going after my dream.

2018

This year was a great year for me because I had just landed myself a one-week work experience with Channel 4 in the Manchester office. I was speechless attending my induction day and seeing the mind-blowing headquarters in London. I was so happy, filled with so much joy, this was a success. My success.

My one week experience was perfectly structured out and each day I had induction of each department starting with the Partnership team. This was one of my favourites department the day was very creative and I got to work on different creative briefs. I then did some shadowing in the interesting Trading team and I got to learn how the market is always changing and how we trade television. Both of these sessions were equipped with an exciting, colourful presentation that was just captivating. I was sold…

Lastly, I joined the Airtime team, which are responsible for setting up agency campaigns and booking the campaigns up. I remember being at home and watching Gogglebox with a nice cup of tea when I saw one of the brands I had booked on the show appear in front of my eyes. I was so happy and I couldn’t stop talking about it. My close friends now know me as ‘Miss Channel4 ‘. How cringe but what can I say I just love this company ALOT!

I really enjoyed my one-week work experience and I didn’t want it to finish, within just the week I was exposed to so many amazing stuff of the business and I even got to meet the First Dates cast. Now, how amazing is that!

I did also apply for the apprenticeship this year and unfortunately, I wasn’t successful. I remember getting the rejection email and I was so gutted and I second-guessed myself.

But I’ve always been a fighter and when I set my mind to something I have to achieve it no matter how many rejections or how long it takes me. So that’s what I did I accepted the rejection and went on to find more work experience within the TV, media and advertising industry. Which I did in 2018, I had done work experience with Channel4 and I had also secured a work experience with the BBC which was a one-day event but it was amazing and I learned a lot which contributed to my CV.

2019

Well, I bet you can guess what happened in 2019!!!!!!!!

YES!!! I got the apprenticeship! I was so over the moon when I got the phone call that I was successful. I remember being so happy and jumping around with my manager at a student accommodation I was working at the time.

I also really enjoyed the process of the interviews. I was very chilled throughout.

So bit of background on how the interviews were conducted.

It first started with around 15 other candidates that applied and we were all brought into a room and did a group exercise. At the time my group exercise was on the topic of KFC advert using a chicken and had to analyze the advert. In teams, we then had to present back to the manager our thoughts about the KFC advert.

After the group experience, we then had to do our own presentation on something we are passionate about.

I remember my presentation like no other, I did my passion on the ‘The Secret’, the law of attraction gratitude rock. The reason why I went for this was that I am such a huge believer in the law of attraction and it has changed the way that I look at myself and others and the world I live in. Without the law of attraction and my gratitude rock, I wouldn’t be half of the person that I am today. For that, I’m super grateful for this discoverer.

My presentation went smoothly, l even had a clip of my friend that I interviewed talking about what she is grateful for. Nervously, the clip wasn’t working but this is why I say God loves me because the night before I had also uploaded the clip on my YouTube channel in case it didn’t work on the presentation day. Phew!!!! I’m glad I did that and It went well.

After the presentation, only a couple of people were kept and the rest were sent home. This was scary it was like being in the apprentice!

I then had my 1-1 interview which was chilled and I loved it very much and got to talk about my favourite shows on Channel 4 and why I wanted the job. This allowed me to dig deep and show them that this isn’t just a job this is my life and I want to work for this company more than anything.

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I started on May 29th (a date I won’t forget) and since then it’s been magical. From learning new skills, presenting, having opportunities open up. Being on camera and interview senior members at Channel 4 such as Charles Mark Gurassa who is the Chairman of Channel 4. I’ve had the opportunities to meet many celebrities, take part in the workshop and most of all gain a qualification.

2020/21

Every day when I wake up, I sometimes just laugh to myself because when I think of my journey it just tears me up. The burning desire I had to work for this company manifested itself and I got it through faith, belief and hard work.

When I say manifesting truly works it does because before I got the apprenticeship in the old job I used to go in every day imagining I was walking through the doors of Channel 4 instead and when I was speaking to customers and managers I would act as if I was speaking to my Channel 4 managers. It just had to happen.


I can proudly say that my journey with Channel 4 is still striving and from June 7th I will be moving out of the Airtime team and moving into the Campaign Operation department. I’m super excited about this move and I can’t wait to embark on this journey as a full-time employee at Channel 4.


If you or anyone you know is interested in getting into apprenticeships within TV, media and advertising please get in touch. You can drop me a message on LinkedIn or check out our website with more information on jobs, schemes, work experiences and apprenticeship.

https://careers.channel4.com/4skills/apprenticeships

www.linkedin.com/in/sharon-chapendama-28760116a

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Ghosted… But Still Winning

Don’t you just hate it when you’ve been speaking to someone, and it feels like your moving towards the right direction, and suddenly all the time you invested in getting to know this person just goes like it never happened?

We’ve all faced a fair share of rejection when it comes to finding love. That dreaded moment when you know deep down that it’s gone, but you want to hold on to every last hope. But it doesn’t change the fact that they’ve stopped texting you, and you go to sleep acting as if everything is normal, and they will probably message tomorrow. And the day comes and still nothing.


So you open your socials and see they are presently active, yes that’s when your stomach does a U-turn, and you probably start to question yourself! It kind of feels like your entire world has tipped over, and you’re now trapped in your mind gashing for fresh air.

I know I have felt that way when I’ve longed for somebody, and they disappear without an explanation.

I also believe within that pain there is hope and a reason why that person was taken out of your life. So chin up, shoulder back, smile because you are blessed with unconditional love, and you’re a winner. Like they say somebody’s loss is somebody’s gain!

A Little Sip Into, How I Was Ghosted…

So a couple of years ago I was speaking to this handsome man who pretty much ticked all my boxes. He made me feel so special and that he was totally in this for the long run. Honestly, my man took this relationship to the stage of telling his parents (mother) about me. That’s a big deal if you are telling your mother about us. I’m certainly going to think that my man going to snatch me up and he’s ready to make me his one and only. Let’s Go!

It was a pretty good four months that we were getting to know each other romantically. Suddenly the conversation started to get a bit dry. I would get a response 2 days later after I’ve sent him a message and from there it just became nothing!

At first, as we always hope for is that there busy! I would go on Instagram and I can see that he’s active! So why has he not read my message and not replied? Who knows!

I didn’t want to think too much of it so I let it be and a day went by and another and another, until I decided to message to just check up cause I like to think of myself, as a kind person, and checking up on others is important.

…… he reads it and doesn’t respond! Go on Instagram his putting up stories so I know his alive. Well played.

Weeks go pass, I’m completely heartbroken, similar situation to when Bella was sat in her bedroom watching the seasons go pass in the wait for Edwards return.

Well maybe it wasn’t that deep! But I was so devastated, I really liked this guy and I had fallen so hard. He gave me all the reasons to fall hard for him with the special gifts and carefully delivered words. As weeks go by and months you tend to get over it slowly but surely. But in my case Oh boyyy this man wasn’t done, he then creeped out from the rock his being hiding and start to message me like everything is well. Silly me I took him back and yes history repeated it self again.

This went on for good two years speaking, getting ghosted, taking him back and then disappearing again. But my Lord pulled through and gave me the strength to rebuke this man out of life for good! This experience was certainly heart-breaking but it made me strong and no man now can ghost me and tear me apart has he did. Yes I might just shed a few tears but those tears isn’t lasting longer than 24 hours. Why? Because I am a Queen! And Queens don’t cry over F Boys!

I also wanted to share couple of tips that helped me through the whole experience of being ghosted and trying to find myself again. So here a my top tips on how you can move on from being Ghosted and reclaim your crown.

Reclaiming The Crown

  • Cry – Yes you need to cry it out of your system. There is no point burying the situation so in couple months it comes to hunt you. By crying your accepting the reality and it’s the first steps in getting back to your best self again!

  • Connect with your friends and family for support and open your heart out to them. Letting your close ones know how you feel will make the situation a lot easier to deal with.

  • Develop interest in areas you never thought of before. Starting a new hobby is always good to get your mind away from situation that might be hurting you.

  • Self-Care is also important. Run yourself a bubble bath, do your face, grab a coffee, take a walk in the park and connect with nature.

And remember it may hurt now but it wont hurt forever!

“To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.”

Robert Morley

Black Lives Matter

The nation has been hit with such devastation on the death of George Floyd. An African-American man who was killed in custody by a white officer on 25th March, in Minneapolis.

There are no words to express how we’re feeling.

But we are devastated!

Angry, outraged, and tired to the core. Of the unfairness that Black people face because of the color of their skin.

Change must take place! Let us not be silent. We must scream from the top of our lungs. Demand justice for those who brutally taken from this world.

Change must happen for our future and the generations that come after. We must shout and reinforce that Black Lives Matter, not just today, this week, or next month.

It’s time to unlearn any racial biases you may carry and educate yourself on what it means to be anti-racist. While you’re at it, it’s also crucial to share this knowledge with your sister, your brother, mother, grandparents, friends, and anyone you cross paths. We must stand together because, in the Union, there is always a strength. 

On Saturday 6th June, Hundreds of people gathered in Manchester, for a peaceful protest to express the solidarity with Black people, broken by the deaths of, George Floyd, Breonnna Taylor, Ahmud Arbery, Sandra Bland and many others!  

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I am so proud to have been part of this powerful movement on Saturday. And, being young African women, these past months have been incredibly hard to face. Openly, speaking about my own experience to my close ones has been heavy on my heart but so powerful. I encourage people to have these conversations with those close to them. I cannot express my gratitude towards my loved ones and the support I have received from friends, work colleagues, and the world who are demanding change and Standing for what is right.

It is heartbreaking, knowing fifty plus years later we’re still dealing with this issue. But we say enough is ENOUGH!

This is not a Moment! This is a Movement!

No justice! No Peace! Simple.

Saturday 6th June, Manchester Protest
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WeAreZalmi

For further education:

https://blacklivesmatter.com/

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BLACKLIVESMATTER!

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Don’t You Just Love Being You?

“To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.” – Robert Morley

Love yourself more and start living the beauty of life.

When you love yourself little extra, you release the fears that’s holding you back, the voices telling you can’t do or be anything! Love is more powerful then these small things that hold us back.

When you love yourself, you start to shine from the inside and this lights reflects on the outside.

You become a magnet to all the good the world as to offer. You draw in like-minded people who respect you, value you, and love you for who you are.

Your energy sends out safety space for those who are in need of comfort. Your smile heals the earth, and when you laugh, Wow you just turn a frown upside down.
Its how you feel about yourself that changes your life.

Right now, start feeling happy, joyful, successful.

Give gratitude, laugh harder, dancer longer and sing louder.

You are amazing!

You are magnificent being!

Every inch of you is beautifully made!

Just like our Queen Rupual said –

“If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”

― RuPaul

Happy Thursday! 💜♥️

How I Manifested My Ring To Me

A couple of days ago I decided to give myself a deep cleansing facial in doing so I took my ring off to avoid any chemicals stripping away the beauty of the ring. Carefully placing this ring on my side table I went ahead with my facial cleanse, twisted my Afro got into my pyjamas, completely forgetting to put the ring back on.

The idea didn’t even cross my mind.

The following morning, I desperately wanted to wear this ring but couldn’t find it anywhere. I searched high and low in my bathroom and bedroom but nothing! Was I going crazy? No, I knew exactly where I left it, but it disappearing like this had me question myself for a bit.

Tuesday 14th, while washing my face I decided to think about my ring and the feelings I have when I’m usually wearing it. I then said to myself “I am so glad and happy that I have my ring on my finger, it feels great to wear this ring every day”. I said those words with passion, love and acted as if my ring was on my finger and everything was okay.

I simply went to bed and no thought about the ring came to me for at least two days. I had forgotten about the ring, let it go and accepted the outcome.

Friday 17th, me and my house-mates had a girlie night, playing games and chatting about all sort of interesting topics. About midnight we all decided to go to bed, as I opened my bedroom door the first thing I saw was my ring, nicely placed on my bed! The hairs on my arms stood up and my mind went quite, I was staggered! I looked around in case someone was in my room which would be crazy, but ayy never say never!

I thought maybe one of the girls found it and placed it on my bed but they all said no. The Whole night I couldn’t sleep I was full of excitement, joy also a little frightened but must of all I had so much gratitude that my ring has returned back to me safely.

To this day I’m still shocked and truly grateful that I was able to manifest something I cared about. It had me thinking about the whole letting go technique of the Law of Attraction. I’m a massive believer in the Law of Attraction and in the past I have been able to manifest some things to me. But with practice, I’m now able to let go and believe that its mine by acting as if through the power of feelings and its simply, done, done, done.

Without consciously knowing I carried out the three steps to attracting my ring back to me, which are:

  1. Ask
  2. Believe
  3. Receive
Anything is Truly Possible

Anything Is POSSIBLE!

I Love My Anxiety

Anxiety comes in many forms, the anxiety you may feel can be completely different to the one your friend or family member may be feeling but the most important thing to know is that you a not alone…

Someday you may feel like covering your anxiety with a smile on your face or staying in bed. Well there nothing wrong with that, we all have different ways of coping.

It seems strange saying I love my anxiety but the truth is I do, it’s part of me and I wouldn’t change it. It has been a difficult journey but I’m at a place where I can say yes I love my anxiety.

What’s made it easier

Talking to Someone

So I’m a Capricorn known to be stubborn and keeping our feelings to ourselves. So yeah, you can imagine opening can be difficult for us and many others too. Over the years of building trust with my family, friends and colleagues opening up has gotten easier and it encouraged me to talk more about my anxiety and learn to live with it and love it. I’ve also realized that I’m not alone.

I guess I’ve always feared being judged and that why for a long time I kept my feelings in. But the amount of people I’ve spoken to and also said they suffer from it, has made realize that it’s normal and maybe I should embrace it.

Over the years I’ve learned to embrace it, love it and find ways to live with it through different techniques that have now become part of my life.

Mediation

Mediation is something I’ve been doing for a long time, I highly recommend this and anyone can do it doesn’t matter if you have no experience at all just start now and I’m sure you will start to feel a lot more calmer, and light and happier. If you’ve tried mediation and it isn’t for you, try breathing techniques such as the 4,7,8 breathing exercise. I tend to use this a lot, and the benefits are great!

What I love about mediation, is that it allows you to acknowledge the fears holding you back, come face-face with them and then let them go.

I enjoy listening to a guided mediation on YouTube. I find guided mediation to be smoothing and increases my concentration, which makes me calmer. One of my favourite guided mediation is Your Ideal Life By Jason Stephenson. I use this meditation daily because it helps me imagine all the wonderful stuff I want in life. After doing this meditation I feel awesome and it motivates me to take action to the ideal life I want. And I’m getting there slowly but surely.

Try it, I’m sure you will love it.

YOUR WORTH IT!!!

Must read books

A read now and again is good for you! Especially when we’re facing such uncertainty. I strongly believe that reading can ease the mind and restore a healthy balance to your life. Also, it’s a great way to escape reality and go deep into your imagination.

But I wanted to share two of my favourite books that I’ve enjoyed reading and learning from these past few months.

How to Own The RoomThis is book is amazing for any women who wants to improve their public speaking skills or who may want to go into TV Host, presenting. This book is here to help and inspire every women out there to be their brilliant self and take control of what they believe in and to not be silenced but to be heard. I am so grateful to have been gifted this book by a close of friend of mine and since then I always refer back to the book when I’m feeling lost or about to present and I need a bit of motivation this book is there for that!

Think And Grow Rich We’ve all probably heard about this book, well this is my 2nd time reading it. The first time I never finished but since Lock down started i felt inspired to pick it up again and finish it this time. Since finishing this book my life has taking a turn the principles outlined in this book is just brilliant and has taught be a lot about myself, life and what I can achieve if I just focus on my dreams and not give up. If you don’t already owe this book, you should!

Must See Movies

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TO MAKE A FILM IS EASY; TO MAKE A GOOD FILM IS WAR. TO MAKE A VERY GOOD FILM IS A MIRACLE.

– Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I am so excited to share with you my top must-see movies. That brought tears, joy, laughter and changed my way of seeing.

I Origins-This movie was recommended to me by my housemate and I’m so grateful she did! This movie was eye-opening, from the start to the end, I was on edge I could feel the hairs on my arms vibrating! If you’re into Sci-Fiction, Science, and spirituality, then this is a shout.

Never Look Away-This movie was a little different from what I’m usually into. But I’m really into history and learning new things and this movie did that for me. Although its a fiction there is a lot you can take from it. I do warn that the movie is 3 hours long, and you will watch it in subtitles unless you can read German.

The Best Of Me– Simply breath-taking and will leave you speechless. This movie is about fate and second chances and I’m a big believer in those things. It’s a beautiful love story that will shake you up and give you hope. Oh did I mention… James Marsden is in the movie.

The Sixth Sense – If you into the spirituality, unseen world then this movie is a must. Without no doubt it’s magnificent. It’s scary but not over the top, you will not want to take your eyes off this movie because if you do you may just regret it.

Coco– It’s important to follow your dreams and this movie portrays this. It’s such an amazing animation full of love, singing, magical moments, hope, and the importance of family. Each time I watch this I just fall more in love with the movie and it makes my heart melt with love and joy!

I hope you enjoyed my top must-see movies and feel free to leave a comment on your top must-see movies. I’ll be so happy to take a look.

SAYING YES, TO NEW BEGINNINGS….

This is your year to shine and make the impossible….POSSIBLE!! Why not start 2020 with positive affirmations, to align yourself in a vibration to receive your greatest desires and begin new adventures. Let this month be full of extreme prosperity and abundance. January will be a great month for you it will also set the tone for the rest of 2020. So lets begin and end this month in a BANG!!!

Embracing Boredom

Boredom is seen as a negative emotion, an emotion we try to avoid by keeping ourselves busy. But with the power of boredom, we can unlock the mental toughness of our mind and strive for greatness. When I’m in the state of boredom this is my quiet time has it allows me to reflect on my life and see what improvements are needed. It also allows me to learn a lot more about myself and spend quality time looking after me. So why is boredom such a good thing:

Boredom allows you to be more creative. Creativity allows us to come up with great ideas. Everything on this earth started of has an idea which the idea was then put into action and become something GREAT! Just has Albert Einstein says “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

Boredom allows you to be more goal-oriented. I find that creating a vision board of how I want my life to be is fulfilling, the joy I experience cutting up images of a magazine and sticking them onto a board makes me feel very happy about myself and my future. Seeing your goals and things you want can be motivating making you chase after your dreams each and every day.

When you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting. Jon Kabat-Zinn

Boredom is not a problem, in boredom we can truly find ourselves.