Brought up on a farm on the outskirts of Peebles in the Scottish Borders, Carol had always had an interest in film and visual storytelling. Intent on pursuing her interests professionally, she gained a place to study a BA in Digital Film and Television at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Carol proved herself to be an outstanding student; patient, tenacious and an explemplary leader. She graduated in 2013 as recipient of both the Perth Festival of the Arts Award and the Dorothy Innes Prize.
After graduation, Carol worked in Scotland as a production runner on feature films ‘Swung’ (Directed by Collin Kennedy) and ‘Sunset Song’ (Directed by Terence Davies), as well as continuing to produce short films. She then made the move to Manchester to begin her career as a Production Assistant on Britain’s longest running Soap opera ‘Coronation Street’. Later, she transitioned over to the Casting and Contracts Department for ITV Studios.
In 2016 Carol was offered a place on the renowned Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. This highly competitive MFA program accepts just 24 graduate students from around the world, and develops their skills for careers as Television Showrunners and Studio Executives. She was also the recipient of the 2016 BAFTA LA/ PIGOTT Scholarship.
Carol's ambition is to develop as an independent producer, working globally between the UK and US.
“Her impressive qualifications and study at the USC Film School promises a very bright future.” – Mark Pigott KBE
How the Award Helped
Carol's Award enabled her to accept her place for postgraduate study at the University of Southern California.