30 Under 30: Charlie Watts, Director at Manchester Chief Productions

27-year-old Charlie Watts has recently signed to Manchester Chief Productions as a director. His films look to capture human stories and issues relevant to today’s society.

What’s your most significant accomplishment to date?

I don’t really see a particularly significant moment that defines where I am in my career at the moment. There more like little wins. The feel of reward and satisfaction for me is always very short lived and I soon look to the next goal. I guess it’s what keeps me hungry.

Who/what inspires you?

There are a few filmmakers on Vimeo that are little inspirations to me, you wouldn’t know them if I said. But, one thing they have in common is there work ethic and determination. I think today especially lots of people talk about doing this or doing that… I’ve always been a big believer in getting off your arse and just doing it. Especially today when you can shoot a cool film or still on your phone, there’s really no excuses.

How has living/working in Manchester helped you achieve your goals?

Tremendously. The first time I went out and shot a short film it was just slow-motion footage of people working around the Northern Quarter in summer. I put it online and it had 10k views in about three days. I found that really opened doors to fellow creatives in Manchester. I think more than ever places like Northern Quarter are great little creative hubs with lots happening!

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

I’d probably say the same as I do myself today. To always believe that the path you are on will lead you to eventually where you want to be. Yeah, there will be struggles along the way. There’s not such a thing really as an overnight success, you’ve got to put the hard work in, ride the rough patches and savour the good moments.

What are your business goals for 2018?

Ideally, I want to be winning more than I’m pitching on. It can be tough, especially on when an exciting brief comes in and you feel really positive about the idea. It can be disheartening when the client goes with another creative or director. I would love to be given the opportunity to express my creativity that I exercise in my personal projects to a commissioned piece of work.

Where do you see yourself in twenty years’ time?

I have absolutely no idea, which excites me.

Our first annual 30 under 30 highlights young people who are the best of the best in our fearless city of Manchester. If you’d like to be featured in our next annual 30 under 30 of 2019 contact bethany@amagazine.co.uk.

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