Graduate shares inspiring career path with students
Date: 16th Jan 2018
A varied and inspiring career path brought Buckinghamshire New University graduate and award-winning director and motion designer Neil Coxhill back to speak to current students.
Neil graduated in BA (Hons) Graphics and Advertising from Bucks New University in 2001 and has directed projects for the likes of Sir Elton John, Dazed, Wonderbra, Transport for London and The Guardian.
Now he’s Director of Motion at Amazon Media Group at Amazon UK, having previously also worked as a Senior Promo Creative at Sky; Head of Video at IG; and commercial director at RSA.
The 38-year-old has worked in television commercials, music videos, and fashion films in the discipline of both live action and motion graphics, and was part of the production team behind the video for a 2003 remix of Sir Elton John’s song Are You Ready For Love.
His work has won accolades at New York Festivals and D&AD and he shared his experiences and engaged in a question-and-answer session with BA (Hons) Graphic Arts and Graphic Design students.
Neil said: “One of the key things I told students was to see the challenge in every opportunity and be flexible enough to react to it.
“Try to stay as diverse as possible. I have been fortunate to have worked in many disciplines but have remained curious about learning new skills and discovering fresh innovations within the industry.
“I would recommend that people grasp every opportunity with both hands and see how your career develops.
“In my presentation to the students I broke down projects I worked on from ideas to completion and described how I was involved, along with the challenges I faced.
“I rarely have the chance to step back and look at what I have done in my career and I feel fortunate and humble to have contributed to so much work I'm proud of.
“I've been fortunate to have collaborated with so many great artists, technicians and clients. Working with others is the strongest way to learn and with every project you build in confidence, meaning I've been able to progress quickly in my career with a strong self believe of what I can achieve."
Speaking about the benefits of studying at Bucks New University, he added: “The biggest thing I gained was changing my mindset and how I should tackle problems and find a creative solution.
“I was among people with similar ideas, interests and aspirations and it was a fertile environment to develop ideas. Subsequently, every year my skills have progressed and evolved and that progression largely started at Bucks.”
On returning, he said: “I am quite a fan of nostalgia so it was amazing to come back to see the University and see the next generation. It was like going back in time.”
See Neil’s work at www.neilcoxhill.co.uk.