30 Under 30: Kate Ovens, Freelance Presenter & Producer

Kate Ovens is a freelance producer and presenter – but probably more commonly known as the girl who takes of food challenges. Kate graduated from Newcastle University with a 2:1 in Business Marketing and Management. She’s also LADbible‘s only female freelance presenter.

What’s your most significant accomplishment to date?

Achieving one of the Top 10 Global Sponsored Videos in April by Tubalar – with the likes of UNILAD and Ellen. Seeing as it’s just me filming with my Canon 700D and editing in my bedroom, I can’t believe I’m even in association with these businesses.

Who/what inspires you?

I think I’ve been inspired by a lot of people in my life in a range of aspects. But my flatmate Holly Gale is actually a huge inspiration to me. She works as the brand manager at Heinz UK has been promoted twice in a year, is only 24, works her butt off and never gloats about her achievements (I have to force her to tell me because I’m so proud of her). She also isn’t a work-a-holic, she loves having fun with the girls and crams a lot in during the week. She is the definition of ‘I don’t know how she does it’.

How has living in Manchester helped you achieve your goals?

Manchester is one of my favourite cities in the UK. It helped me achieve my goals because I first started with LADbible when I was back in university – who’s head office is based in Manchester. I made a lot of friends at LADbible and eventually ended up working for them for six months in their London office. I still work freelance for them today and still in association with a lot of others from Manchester. If it wasn’t for LADbible – I wouldn’t know as much information as I do today.

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

Just because others may perceive what you enjoy and do as ’embarrassing’ or ‘cringey’ just ignore them. Get the stuff you like out online if that’s what makes you happy. Because in years to come – they all start tagging their mates in your videos saying ‘I KNOW HER’. Just stay true to yourself – even if it’s a bit weird cause in years to come they won’t be laughing at you anymore.

What are your business goals for 2018?

To be doing less food challenge based videos and more events/lifestyle videos. I recently did a business trip with SnowBombing Festival and just from Instagram and Snapchat my posts were watched by just short of 300,000 people. This isn’t even including the Facebook Video I’m currently editing for them showing my entire trip. I’ve had eight people tell me they are already looking at booking it for next year. I want to improve my filming and editing styles and include things like multiple cameras, drones, GoPros etc. to engage my audience more.

Where do you see yourself in twenty years’ time?

Hopefully with a family. I probably still want to keep up with making videos for clients but not too sure on what the future may hold. I didn’t even expect to be where I am currently.

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

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