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THE CAST

YAW BUSIA

The picture to the left of your screen is Yaw Busia that’s me, I’m a 25 years old Tottenham north Londoner and I graduated in 2009 from Luton University where I studied media production. I’m all about living your life to the fullest and don’t shy away from my Ghanaian heritage. At some point in the near future while building a strong career within the media world and increasing my knowledge within the field, I would like to build and run my own media corporation in Ghana. I had a stint with BlinkTV last year and I am looking forward to being part of the London360 Team.

Now this is where you get to know more about me, I am a massive Tottenham Hotspurs fan and I regularly play football on Sunday mornings. My favourite football player is Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima also known as Ronaldo or as I call him R9. However I also have a strong appreciation for many other sports such as Tennis, Formula One racing, Basketball and the list goes on. My decision to get in to media came off the fact my drama teacher thought it would be a great idea seeing as I was doing well in my classes, she had no clue what forest fire she had started!

In my spare time I tend to write mostly songs and poetry as well as relaxing with friends, I love art and culture and when given the chance gladly visit museums, galleries and theatres.

So far I have produced short films during my second year of university and in my final year I helped create an advertising campaign for ‘Republic’ the clothing store. I was the director, 1st cameraman and also co-edited the campaign it was from this I realised that my passion was with filming although I guess it makes sense due to the truckload of television programmes and movies I watch.

Everyone needs to find a way to unlock their talents and now I have joined the London360 team I feel I can increase my potential within the field of media.

What is your pet peeve?

I absolutely hate messy people or should I say incredibly messy people

What is your guilty pleasure?

Shopping, clothes shopping to be exact

If you were stuck on a desert island for eternity which three items would you take with you?

Do you know how insane this question is? If I had no choice I would take a laptop, my PS3 console pack and a high definition television with built in freeview

What is your Favourite place in London?

South Kensington because of the many museums and the scenery is amazing

What is your favourite quote(s)?

“To be the man, you’ve got to beat the man”

Timo Cruz “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our dark that most frightens us. You’re playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people don’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” (Rick Gonzalez who played Timo Cruz in Coach Carter)

Follow me on Twitter: @YawBruceBusia
Tumblr: mryawbruce.tumblr.com

JENNER COLE

Jenner, 23, has lived in Greater London all his life, currently residing in the quiet suburb of Petts Wood, Jenner lives only a few minutes away from central London, lucky enough to experience the vibrant city by simply hopping on one train to Charing Cross. After graduating from the University of Essex with a Law degree, Jenner decided to follow his passion; the pursuit of a successful career in music journalism.

With a very musical background having played the Violin since the age of 7, Jenner’s interest for music flourished at a very young age, through playing various concerts with the Bromley Youth Music Orchestra and a selection of school performances, in addition to enjoying a diverse range of different genres, picking up other instruments such as the drums along the way. With particular interest in electronic, drum & bass/jungle, dubstep, metal/hardcore and hip hop.

Since graduating last year, Jenner has spent time with Media trust’s London 360 mentor sessions to improve his written work and hone the skills necessary to a good journalist.

With an endless supply of enthusiasm to learn all the tricks of the trade, Jenner is pleased to be a part of the London 360 Series 3 group, and hopes this opportunity will give him a platform on which he can begin his career.

What is your pet peeve?
Opinions formed on ignorance… And wet socks.

What is your guilty pleasure?
90210. I know. Don’t judge me.

If you were stuck on a desert island for eternity which three items would you take with you?
160Gig iPod filled to the brim with music, a laptop (with internet and a webcam) and a drum Kit.

Favorite place in London?
Would have to be Camden for me, simply because of the variation of people who inhabit the area, as well as the diverse array of music venues and shops make the town an extraordinary, buzzing location! Not to mention London Zoo being just down the road!

What is your favorite quote?
“I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.”
Ray Charles

ZANETA DENNY

“Zaneta” means the “grace of God” in Hebrew.

London-born, she hails from a Caribbean and Guyanese background.

She took an interdisciplinary four-year degree in European Studies with French, at King’s College London.

European Studies also included a third ERASMUS-year living in the Latin Quarter of Paris, studying at the prestigious French University, Sciences Po, Paris.

As a student Zaneta was an active member of the Model United Nations society, debating international affairs at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as organising the 10th annual session of the London International Model UN conference in February 2009.

Politics has always interested her, she has visited Number 10, meeting the- then Prime Minister Tony Blair; interned at the UK’s Department for International Development and spoken at the European Parliament in a competition to find Europe’s ”next Obama”.

Eager to learn about other cultures, Zaneta participated in the Intercultural Communication and Leadership School, a course funded by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

Zaneta’s journalism focuses on culture and politics and she hopes to explore minority voices in her work.

In her spare time, Zaneta writes poetry and likes a good jog.

Someday she will go back to the Latin Quarter Paris to live.

What is your pet peeve?

Young kids speaking loudly on the bus and in the library, I just can’t stand it. When I’m in a rush and I have to dodge chuggers and gaggles of slow-walking tourists and non- Londoners on main roads.

What is your guilty pleasure?

It has to be chocolate in all its forms. I love coffee shop coffee and of course, getting my hair done at the hair salon.

If you were stuck on a desert island for eternity which three items would you take with you?

Rooibos tea bags because they help me to relax and help me to nod off, solar powered hair straighteners because I need to tame my mane and of course, a scarf to keep myself warm!

Favourite place in London?

My favourite place in Covent Garden, I always have so much fun getting lost in narrow surrounding streets, there is just so much life there.

What is your favourite quote?

This is my favourite quote, from a pioneering African-American woman writer Zora Neale Hurston, because in it, she expresses her refusal to see herself as a victim because her race, this is both surprising and encouraging as she grew up in the segregated ‘Jim-Crow’ South in the USA:

”But I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all. I do not belong to the sobbing school of Negrohood who hold that nature somehow has given them a lowdown dirty deal and whose feelings are all about it. Even in the helter-skelter skirmish that is my life. No, I do not weep at the world –I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”

By Zora Neale Hurston in “How it Feels to Be Colored Me”

*(oh yeah she’s also 25)

Twitter: @creolitauk
Email: Zanetad [at] mediatrust.org

CHARLEY DUNLOP

Having grown up in a family of media fanatics with my Mum, Dad and eldest sister all working within the industry I was destined to end up with a passion towards media. From the age of 12 I was constantly grabbing the opportunity to go on shoots with my Dad and I’d watch on in pure fascination. The second I started as a Runner at a creative agency in Soho 2 years ago – I knew immediately this was the industry I wanted to excel and succeed in. I am now 23 and fully focused on my career.

It was in December 2011 when I was set a project to make a 20 minute in house video for my company that I realised my potential was not only for behind, but in front of the camera. I have been really keen to get experience in doing interviews and reports. In the last 3 months as a runner I was based in post-production training and assisting. I now have quite a few technical skills and knowledge as to how the post production system works.

Personally I would say I am a very bright, enthusiastic, outgoing and ambitious person and you will rarely see me without a smile on my face. I have spent a lot of my childhood traveling with my family and love experiencing different cultures and ways of life. Music is my heart and soul and don’t know what my life would be without it! I am very passionate and love having the opportunity to speak my mind. As much as I am always dead set on my opinions and views I also appreciate listening to others. My aim in life is to be as successful as I can be in doing something I absolutely love.

What is your pet peeve?

Dodging pigeons. There pretty bolshie and brave in London and seem to find it acceptable to fly into your face!

What is your guilty pleasure?

Visiting Battersea dogs home and playing with the dogs that I can’t take home with me, that and Domino’s pizza.

If you were stuck on a desert island for eternity which three items would you take with you?

My I phone (is there 3g on this island!?)
A picture of my best pals
I pod speakers. BIG ONES!

Favourite place in London?

Brick lane. Purely because of the incredible street art and the best curry houses in London!

What is your favourite quote?

“Where words fail, music speaks”

“I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees”

FLAMI GIAMBALVO

My determination to make it as a journalist, is fuelled by a passion for current affairs and an eagerness to tell the world about them. After completing a BA in journalism I chose to deepen my understanding of political issues through an MA in International Relations at Goldsmiths University.

Learning to speak four languages fluently- Italian, English, French and Spanish – allowed me to gain work experience across TV, print and online platforms in several different countries. I have developed my reporting, interviewing and writing skills through internships in numerous national and local media outlets, such as the Harrow Observer, the news desk at TG5 (Italy’s leading news channel) and as a blogger for the Huffington Post.

I am an approachable, opinionated and fiercely driven 23 year old young woman. Politics and culture are my forte, but I am extremely curious and enthusiastic about exploring different topics. Through my professional skills and determination I hope to build a career in media that unites my passions and ambitions.

What is your pet peeve?
People ending every sentence by saying “you know what I mean?” You are not a sphinx talking in riddles- we do know what you mean!

What is your guilty pleasure?
Overdosing on sit coms mainly Big Bang Theory and Mad Men.

If you were stuck on a desert island for eternity which three items would you take with you?
A laptop, my Thai boxing kit and snorkeling goggles.

What is your favourite place in London?
It varies – depending on my mood, but I love strolling down regents canal particularly the East London stretch.

What is your favourite quote?
“You’ll never live off your dreams but your dreams will make you live”.

Follow me on twitter – @flamigiambalvo

RIAZ JUGON

One of my earliest memories is when I was 3 years old watching Superman I. I was completely amazed at the scene where he flies up and saves Lois Lane falling from the helicopter crash. At that point, I decided my life goal was to become a superhero! The following day, I found a red tea towel and wrapped it around my neck as a cape and climbed onto my roof extension of the house as I was convinced I was going to fly. Fortunately, the frantic plead of my parents convinced me that jumping wasn’t the best option, and the harsh reality of not being able to become a superhero dawned on me. So the next and most realistic option was to then become Superman’s alter ego; the humble and mild mannered reporter. This is what inspired my move to London 6 years ago to experience the wealth of the city and I have never looked back. I recently studied for my MA in Broadcast Journalism at City University, London.

I’ve previously worked at BBC West Midlands, Sabras Sound, BFM Media, Hayes FM and the Leicester Mercury.

My main interests in journalism are sports, human interest and consumer affairs. I would love to be a reporter on shows like Watchdog, Panorama, Cutting Edge and Unreported World to name a few.
My favourite sports are boxing and football. I’m a humble Arsenal fan and love boxing too much across the board to pick a favourite boxer.

Outside of journalism, the things that steal my attention are health and fitness, stand-up comedy, travelling and thrill seeking activities like going to theme parks, track days and many more which I am willing to try.
I have a thirst for knowledge and I am always up for a good banter and debate. I enjoy talking to anyone as I feel that everyone has wisdom and knowledge that can be passed on.

I’m very proud to be a part of the London360 team and I hope it will open up the opportunities to get to become a producer and director. I also want to set up my own production company.

My pet peeve

People peeping over my shoulder on the tube to read MY paper and when people place their bags on seats during busy hours (although I always enjoy telling them to move their stuff)

My guilty pleasure

Pop music (Westlife in particular, I have all their albums)

If you were stuck on a desert island for eternity which three items would you take with you?

An everlasting gobstopper
A Swiss army knife
A collection of Mensa books of logic puzzles as I’ll probably go insane being alone for eternity anyway!

Favourite place in London

Oxford Circus

Favourite quote

Never argue with an idiot, because they will just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

Twitter: @RiazJay
Facebook : Riaz Jay

JYOTI KUMAR

Jyoti Kumar is a Creative Writing Graduate, an enterprising Journalist and a dynamic individual from West London. She has worked across a multitude of roles at London360 including Presenting, Producing, Filming and Editing. In addition, she is an Online Radio Contributor for BBC London, a News Blogger and a Print Columnist for a national newspaper, The Voice.

Her broadcast features are often of an investigative nature such as: “Shisha -The Harmful Truth,” “Can Minimum Pricing Help Reduce London’s Binge Drinkers?” and “Is it Easy to be a Vegan in London?” She also loves writing and reading articles related to women’s lifestyle including beauty, self-help and health & well-being.

It is evident that her passion lies in journalistic content within TV broadcast, print and online platforms but it most certainly doesn’t end there.

She is immensely enthusiastic about creativity and is active in its many forms such as written and spoken word poetry. She has an ever-growing collection of poems on various topics from social issues to sentiments, some which have been featured in literary magazines.

Jyoti equally loves to read and write short stories and novels particularly experimenting with streams of consciousness, unexpected twists and epistolary styles. She writes hard-hitting texts as well as flowery and descriptive prose much inspired by the works of Jane Austen.

She is also passionate about Indian cinema leading to her unique twitter account of Bollywood updates and opinions. She is proud of her 2012 interview with Bollywood playback singers, Roop Kumar and Sunali Rathod where they discuss Bollywood’s influence within London.

If that’s not enough, Jyoti is highly inspired by visuals. She loves to photograph nature, people and capture moments in everyday life that we may take for granted. She is also fond of fashion trends leading to her filming the 2012 dazzling catwalk at London’s Graduate Fashion Week and working at Burberry, the iconic luxury brand, as a Showroom Assistant.

Her creativity also bounces of the walls (quite literally) in her passion for interior design and she has inspired many others with her unique ideas for storage and display in accordance to personality and specific themes.

Prior to London360, Jyoti has had 4 years experience in working within Field marketing and promotions where she has learnt all about brand loyalty and brand awareness. This knowledge has been invaluable for her and she implements it within all the organisations and companies she enters.

Jyoti’s main blog is currently undergoing a make-over to bring all her talents together but meanwhile, she welcomes anyone to get in touch with her.

Email: jyoti.kumar.trade@gmail.com

Twitter: @msjyotikumar

LAWRENCE JOHN MASON

Lawrence, 23, recently moved to London after finishing his Film degree in that wonderful city of spires, Oxford. Having spent most of his degree critically analysing European cinema and mixing far too many mojitos to handle he has travelled widely but come to the conclusion that nothing rivals the diversity, atmosphere and exhilaration of his native capital city. Naturally with a film studies degree comes a huge love for film. Along with a passion that spans from Hitchcock to Bergman and Walt to Wyler he is also strongly passionate about independent cinemas and urges everyone to seek out their local and get down there; not only will there be minimal popcorn rustling but invariably the films will be a lot more consistent.

Aside from his love for film Lawrence is passionate about music and is a keen if under-practiced drummer. A hugely social and personable character, he has spent the last five years managing and working in bars, his retirement dream being to own a quaint country pub that no-one frequents.

From a very young age his love for journalism has been reflected in his social life. When at eleven years old funding was pulled for his radio show ‘Radio Beefy’ he went into hiding. The fact that the majority of the money used for funding this homemade show was of Monopoly origins was, in retrospect, something that could have been dealt with. Having acquired an intermediate understanding of editing, radio presenting and camera skills during his time at university he is now ready to breathe some further life into his journalism career. What he may lack in experience he more than makes up for in enthusiasm. What most excites him about his approaching time at London 360 is a combination of his love for London and his love for people…

What is your pet peeve? People who use text speak in the real world.

What is your guilty pleasure? Ridiculously long Fifa sessions on the Xbox

If you were stuck on a desert island for all eternity which three items would you take with you? It would have to be some audio speakers, my girlfriend and a copy of Kings of Leon’s ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’ – simply so we can dance away on the beach for all eternity.

Favorite place in London? A hard fought contest between the river in Regents Park and the Coronet cinema in Notting Hill.

What is your favorite quote? “Because I am wearing a white beard and sitting in the back of the theater, you expect me to tell the truth about something” – Orson Welles

TAYANA SIMONS

An ambitious reporter with an active social conscience, 24 year old Tayana is a strong believer in journalism as a tool to give a voice to the voiceless.

Graduating with a first class journalism degree from the London College of Communication last year, she has completed placements in local and national online, print and broadcast news interviewing everyone from politicians to BBC directors and glamour models . The highlight of her career so far was being caught up in the media whirlwind of the News of the World hacking scandal last year and running round the News International HQ (in heels) to deliver an exclusive to Sky News!

After a brief stint in a corporate role in the city, Tayana decided that she would take a philanthropic detour and has spent the past five months volunteering for grassroots organisations in Sri Lanka and India. A world wanderer and passionate advocate of human rights, Tayana is interested in the power of documentary film to educate, move and inspire and recently volunteered at an international film festival.

With a lifelong love of theatre and a background in acting as a teenager, Tayana is a champion for all the theatre that London has to offer and has a particularly close affinity with community theatre in the capital. Seeking out any opportunity to watch live performance she can often be found in the stalls of London’s theatres on a weekend. A news junkie, she spends most of her day tuned into Radio 4 whilst simultaneously reading the Guardian and watching Sky News. She also likes tea…a lot.

What is your pet peeve?

People who walk slowly in front of you, or worse, decide to change direction or inexplicably stop at the last minute in crowded spaces.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Trashy TV! Think the likes of The Only Way is Essex, Big Fat Gypsy Weddings ,Take Me Out. The trashier and less brain taxing the better!

If you were stuck on a desert island for eternity, which three items would you take with you?

A radio to listen to Radio 4 (desert island discs of course), a lifetime supply of earl grey tea, a writing pad and pen

Favourite place in London?

The Southbank hands down. World class theatre, cinema and art all within half a mile and right next to the Thames, what more could you want?

What is your favourite quote?

‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’ Mahatma Ghandi

CRYSTAL STRAKER

Cool, calm and creative! I love being a journalist indulged in all things media and social. My first experience within this fast paced industry was at the tender age of 14. I was heavily involved in Live Magazine, which is run by young people for young people. I remember my first article being a review on B2K’s album and reporting on teenage pregnancy.

Since then I have immersed myself with various media companies such as Pride magazine, Sheer Magazine, Flavour Magazine, BBC Radio, SKFM and I also had the pleasure of creating a show for the London Literature Festival for the South Bank.

I love writing about fashion and beauty, I even do a bit of styling in my spare time. Life has been a fantastic journey so far, and I have met some pretty amazing people along the way can’t wait to what the future holds.

What is your pet peeve?

Arrogance its just not needed sometimes

What is your guilty pleasure?

Shopping online sometimes I just can’t help myself lol.

If you were stuck on a desert island for eternity which three items would you take with you?

Kindle, Ipod and my favourite Nikes

What is your favorite place in London?

South Bank, especially during the summer its an area that is just bustling with so much characters and amazing things to do, I love it!

What is your favorite quote?

Do what you love and love what you do!