Staff in Spotlight
Meet Factory Media's Junior Producer Yalda Walter
Staff in Spotlight series shines light on the creatives, designers, editors and executives who make Factory Media happen on a daily basis. Our company values - authenticity, inspiration, access and insight - are never more apparent than when you meet the real people behind our business.
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Read a little bit about the experiences and unique personalities of Factory's staff, in their own words.
This month: Yalda Walter, Junior Producer - Factory Media
What was your start date and position at Factory?
January 2014 - Star intern at Onboard Snowboard Magazine. Definitely didn’t pass out under an office desk one very early Saturday work morning. Editor-in-chief Tom Copsey tells the story best. Did I get the full-time position despite or because this happened? We'll never know.
What has been your favourite Factory project?
Onboard Send Off Session 2015 in Finland - One batshit crazy week of continuous 14-hour workdays (maybe with some hours at the bar squished in between) in the middle of absolutely f*cking nowhere on the Arctic Circle. Trying to keep 60 pro snowboarders in check and entertained, avoid complete chaos and get them to do what we’ve flown them in for - shoot videos & photos. With the best crew on this planet - Tom Copsey, Sam Oetiker, Sami Tuoriniemi, Matt Georges, Joe Cavanagh, Prendi, Diggles, Davide Spina, Henry Jackson, Sam Nelson, Petrus Koskinen, Craig Scrivener, Kätlin & Mikko. Hang out with these doods, if you ever get the chance. You'll get stories, that you'll still be telling your grandkids, out of it.
What has been the weirdest job you’ve ever had to do?
Back when I worked for VICE I interviewed a guy who killed his father.
What’s the best place you’ve ever travelled to?
New York City, Tehran, Moscow, Copenhagen, Beirut - it has to be a (big) city, I can't deal with beaches and landscapes for more than three days, because booooooooring.
Who has influenced your career the most and how?
Tom Copsey & Sam Oetiker for making my first proper full-time job an absolute breeze. And everyone on the FM/P&F production team, because they are all around bosses, and they trusted and helped me start this job with very limited experience - Sarah Rimassa, Jo Fairweather, Fran Sharpes & Phil Young. Boom.
If you could have a drink with anyone, who would it be? (dead/fictional/famous/not famous...)
I’d obviously go on an all night bender with Snoop Dogg & Stephen Hawking?!?!?!!
Greatest personal achievement?
Starting a new life in a new country with a new job as a fully grown adult. And surviving thus far. Who would have thought?
Also, my yearly Halloween steeze.
Three things people would be surprised to know about you.
- I was once the protagonist of an episode of a ‘Geordie Shore’-type TV series on Austrian national TV. I am in possession of the only existing tape on this planet and nobody will ever get to see it again. Sorry Jack, but I win this round. Next up I'd like to join the Love Island.
- My dad is a political refugee from Iran, who was granted asylum in Austria 30 years ago. Shout out to Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, I wouldn’t exist without you <3
- I make pretty decent cakes.
Best thing about your job?
Travelling to awesome places together with great people to create banging content - and getting paid for it.
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