Welcome to Industry Insider by Behind Sport. Our latest guest is Camera Operator & Editor, Lewis Williams!
Tell us about yourself, what is your current role and what roles have you done previously?
My current role is Head Camera Operator and Editor at AFC Fylde and I’m also a Sports Journalism student at the University of Central Lancashire. On the side when I’m not working for Fylde or studying, I’m producing content on YouTube and my website.
What do you do in your current role?
I film all home matches at AFC Fylde and edit the match footage from all games including away fixtures. On matchdays, I also film the manager and player interviews. When filming games for Fylde I’ve got to work with BT Sport as they use live equipment so they can take the match footage for their highlight show. In regard to my YouTube work, I record myself talking about a topic, mainly about Luton Town as that’s the team I support, edit the footage and then upload to YouTube.
What does a normal week look like for you?
Before the virus came to England, it was University work Monday to Friday and then on the weekend, it’s Fylde work. On Saturday’s I film the games and the interviews, but then on a Sunday, it’s editing day. Don’t forget I try and squeeze some content for myself, so a couple of YouTube videos on the side. However, when you’ve got midweek games my workload gets increased, so I’ll be filming on a Tuesday and then editing the next day. With the non-league season cancelling I’ve been focusing on myself and uploading move YouTube videos as there aren’t any games to film or edit.
How did you end up where you are right now? When did you know you wanted to work in sport?
University sent me an email about an opportunity to work with AFC Fylde. I applied for the role and after a conversation with Luke Lambourne, I got the job. Having that experience on YouTube and editing has really helped me get this amazing opportunity. When my dreams of becoming a professional footballer ended after my ACL injury I just wanted to stay in Football. At first, I was planning on going down the coaching route, but my love of editing and camera came from watching fellow content creators on YouTube.
What are you excited about in your industry at the moment?
The creativity. Any ideas can be great for fan engagement. If your ideas are good, then other clubs will follow it. It’s also unpredictable. It only takes one tweet or video for your idea to be seen throughout the football industry.
What is the one piece of advice you would give to someone wanting to work in the sports industry?
Stay consistent and build contacts at every opportunity you get as you never know where you could meet that person again. Also put time and effort in learning a new skill, it could help you get an opportunity over someone who doesn’t have that particular skill.
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