Mirror Works: WE'RE MOVERS AND SHAKERS; GAYNOR EDWARDS goes out on the road to meet three people whose jobs always keep them mobile.
OCCUPATION: Commercial manager for BT Cellnet
SALARY: In excess of pounds 25,000 plus bonuses.
WHERE does your job take you?
NATIONWIDE. I live in Worcestershire and am close to the motorway network so I can get almost anywhere in a day.
WHAT does your job entail?
DRIVING to independent dealers and attending meetings at BT Cellnet offices and subsidiary companies in Slough, Warrington and Leeds.
DO you get a lunch break?
I NEARLY always eat in the car and it's normally a sandwich bought at a service station. I eat a lot of junk and always have mints and chewing gum to hand.
A ROAD atlas, sunglasses and a pair of wellies.
I BROKE down once and it was snowing. My shoes were slipping all over the place.
WHAT car do you drive?
A VAUXHALL Frontera. It's an unusual choice but I feel safe in it. It's slower on the motorway but that's not a bad thing.
HOW do you keep occupied while driving?
I LOVE talking books and I've just finished listening to The Horse Whisperer. I also listen to 'I can, I will' tapes. How to Delegate, self-improvement etc, but I prefer the more humorous ones.
IS the job lonely?
IT can be. I do meet a lot of people but I'm often driving and prepare for meetings at home.
WHAT technology do you carry?
A LAPTOP and a hands-free voice-activated car kit.
PROS of being mobile?
The flexibility and the freedom.
I MISS the interaction of an office - even the gossip. The biggest pain is bad weather or if there's been an accident. I always make sure I leave enough time to get somewhere. There's no point sitting in traffic jams getting wound up.
ROMANCE on the road?
I WAS in the car with a colleague when two guys drove past waving their phone number. My colleague rang them. She told them our names and where we worked and they asked us to stop at the next service station but we didn't. When we got back to the office, there were two massive bunches of flowers. I didn't pursue it but my colleague did meet up with one of them and they didn't get on at all.ITN LINKMANGLEN WETHERALL
JOB: Radio links/SNG (satellite news gathering) operator at ITN.
SALARY: An operator can earn pounds 25,000 - pounds 50,000 depending on experience.
WHERE do you work?
ANYWHERE in Europe but on a day-to-day basis, normally London and South-east England.
HOW did you get started?
AS A runner at Chrysalis News. When Carlton won the franchise, I got a job with London News Network (LNN) where I got the chance to progress up the ladder.
WHAT does your job entail?
PROVIDING live news broadcasts for the ITV news, Channels 4 and 5, radio and foreign clients and live inserts on GMTV.
I drive to a story and establish contact between the location and the studio. There are usually two of us in the van as well as a cameraman and soundman and the job is real teamwork.
After rigging up cable, liaising with people on site, choosing the position for the live broadcast, I then send it to the studio via satellite or microwave links
There are very strict rules when broadcasting. Every time you transmit, site clearance has to be applied for from the Department of Trade. I then call the control centre at Eutalsat (satellite station) in Paris to co-ordinate the transmission. If I was on the wrong satellite I could cause chaos. It doesn't bear thinking about because I'd be sacked straight away.
CAN the job get hairy?
YES, especially when you're covering things like riots. But I've recently been on a hostile environment training course run by ex-Royal Marines. It included dealing with disturbances and war zones as well as NBC (nuclear biological and chemical) training and intensive first aid.
WHAT hours do you work?
I WORK on rotating 12-hour shifts but if it's a big story, I could be there for days. I was at Stansted for five days during the recent hijacking.
ARE you prepared for staying away?
I'VE an overnight bag with my passport in an ITN locker.
WHAT technology is in the van?
THE latest digital technology for TV and radio transmission. Plus four mobile phones and I have a pager.
WHAT do you like about being mobile?
IT'S never mundane and I never know whether I'll be jumping on a plane at Heathrow or driving to a major news story.HAIRDRESSERDON MOAT
OCCUPATION: Freelance hairdresser.
SALARY: Expect to earn around pounds 20,000 depending on working hours.
HOW did you get started?
I WAS going to college to study catering but to tide me over I worked in a salon. I loved it and went to London to train at Vidal Sassoon. I eventually went into partnership with a girl in Newcastle and we opened a salon. Twelve years ago I met my current partner who lived in Kent and I moved down and that's when I went freelance.
DO you have a set routine?
I WORK from 10.30am-6.30pm, Monday to Friday.
HOW many calls do you make in a day?
ABOUT four houses, depending on what clients are having done. There are usually anything from two to nine people at each house. It makes sense to do friends and family at the same time.
WHERE do you eat?
I KEEP fruit in the car. Occasionally I grab a sandwich but I tend to just eat a proper meal in the evening.
WHAT do you keep in the car?
EXTRA tints, perms and peroxide in case a client wants something else.
A client took all
her clothes offWHAT car do you drive?
A VW Polo. It's small enough to park and nippy for driving around town.
WHAT do you like about being freelance?
DOING what I want, when I want. Taking holidays when I feel like it.
ANYONE who prefers having their hair done at home. I visit elderly people. It's also virtually impossible for disabled people to go to a salon.
DO clients ever flirt?
I'VE had a few near-misses. As I pulled up to one client, she was leaning out of the window and asked me to go upstairs. She was wearing a low-cut bra and shaking her breasts. She said she was ready for me but I told her not to be silly. Another occasion she took all her clothes off and was all over me.
I legged it and wrote to her saying I wouldn't be back. For six months, she pestered me - it was a nightmare. I had another incident with a new client. I turned up just as she got home from work and suggested she changed her suit for something more casual. She came down dressed in suspenders and a negligee. I threw the cape around her neck and did her hair. She didn't say a word and I never went back.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 30, 2000|
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