Behind the brands with BBC Young Reporter: What's it like to work on The Young Offenders?

Coming-of-age sitcom The Young Offenders began on BBC Three and has had three successful series, but what goes into making the show?

The Young Reporter team went behind the scenes of some popular BBC brands to find out which jobs go into making hit content.

Join actor Jennifer Barry, music supervisor Dina Coughlan, foley artist Eoghan McDonnell and make up lead Edwina Kelly for a sneak peek behind the scenes.

Jennifer Barry, actor

There are up to 150 other people that work behind the scenes to make the show happen. This can be from producers, to costumer designers, to hair, to make-up, to sound, to lighting, to camera work. The work is non-stop behind the scenes and it’s what brings it all together and makes it perfect for the final show.

Jennifer's top tip

For anyone who wants to be an actor, just go for it. Have the belief in yourself and take every single opportunity you can get. Work hard and don’t doubt yourself because you can do it.

Dina Coughlan, music supervisor

As a music supervisor my job is the get the rights to use any commercial music … and working with the producers to find existing music to be on the soundtrack. The fun part is finding songs that you think are going to work well.

Dina's top tip

If you do have a passion for music, but you're interested in another area like law or accounting, you can potentially marry those two areas together because there are production companies and record labels where you have lawyers dealing with copyright and accountants who are also involved.

Eoghan McDonnell, foley artist

Foley is re-recording sound effects in a studio environment. So it's re-recording footsteps and things that characters might do.

Eoghan's top tip

If you want to have a go at doing some foley, record yourself walking down the hallway with the jacket on. Try and replace the footsteps and jacket afterwards. Have fun with the sound effects and you’ll get a good idea of the process.

Edwina Kelly, make up lead

Being a make-up artist isn't all about putting make-up on people. If you want to work in tv and film, there's a lot more to it such as making sure you have enough products for the cast and keeping an eye on the budget to ensure you're not overspending.

Edwina's top tip

There is a lot of information out there, where you can watch tutorials etc. You do have to have a flair for make-up but it's all about practice. Remember, make up isn't permanent so if you put a dodgy eye liner on someone and it doesn't work, you can take it off!

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