Graduate wins big role on new Rizzle Kicks music video

Sara-Lee Simpson, of Boston, working on the production of the new Rizzle Kicks music video.
Sara-Lee Simpson, of Boston, working on the production of the new Rizzle Kicks music video.

Most creative young people would get a kick out of working on a music video for a famous hip-hop act - but for one Boston girl it was a real ‘Rizzle’ kick.

Sara-Lee Simpson beat 2,000 other hopefuls to gain work experience on the set of UK hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks’ new single Lost Generation.

The 22-year-old sent a CV and cover letter off to GoThinkBig – an initiative launched by O2 and Bauer Media to offer young people a once-in-a-lifetime work experience opportunity.

“After applying back in May I forgot about it,” said Sara-Lee. “So I couldn’t believe it when they called to say I had been chosen - I started sweating,

“I called my mum and rang people to tell them, I was so happy.”

The ex-Boston High School pupil spent a week as a production manager, guided by a mentor, working on the video in London.

Sara-Lee, of Church Road, studied Media Production at Coventry University where she gained first class honors.

She and a friend set up their own mini production company label, making a short film in Boston called Sincerely Yours about an old lady who finds her old diary from the Second World War while moving house.

“This was all on my CV and is on Youtube so I think this may have helped my application,” she said.

Being so busy with tasks, such as ringing up cast and crew, booking props and scouting locations, Sara-Lee didn’t have time to personally meet the Rizzle Kicks boys, who had a top 10 hit with Down With the Trumpets and featured on Olly Murs’ number one single ‘Heart Skips a Beat’.

“I have seen them about and passed them a few times but they are very busy so I don’t want to bother them,” she added. “The video is looking really good now and will be out in the next few weeks so I’m really excitied to see it.”