• Kyle

    Kyle McKenzie

Kyle McKenzie

Production Executive

5 bits of advice to my teenage self…

  • Drama in high school ultimately doesn’t matter. It may seem like a big deal now, but in the years to come these things will be a small footnote in your life

  • Schoolwork is important. It’s important to find a good balance between free time and studying. Finding this practice will certainly help you in the future with further education or work

  • There will always be someone better than you… and that’s okay. Use them as motivation, sure! But don’t get yourself down by comparing yourself to others. Be the best person you can be!

  • Set goals and let them motivate you. Maybe it’s getting to a good university, maybe it’s achieving an A in a piece of coursework. If you aim high, you will elevate your work to try to meet that standard

  • Have fun! You’re only young once. The most important thing at this age is to make friends, take part in activities and make memories!

About me

As a teenager…

I was pretty annoying. I was fairly smart, but not nearly as smart as I thought I was. I would scrape by, putting bare minimum effort into schoolwork because I figured I was good enough to coast through the years at school. I was far more focused on my reputation and what people thought of me. A couple of bad grades in my GCSEs gave me a bit of a wake-up call, motivating me to focus more in my A-Levels. I still didn’t put as much effort into them as I could have done, however, in my sixth form I developed a lot as a person, and realised that it didn’t really matter what people thought, but instead how much I valued myself as a person.

After school…

I knew I wanted to head straight to university! I had always planned to study film at university, which is exactly what I did. It was a big difference from my school. I was no longer a big fish in a little pond, I was a little fish in a big pond. There were people surrounding me every day who were smarter than me. At first, this bothered me, as I had grown used to being in top sets in high school. However, soon after I learned that as long as I was doing the best that I could do- other people’s grades don’t have any affect on me at all.

Now I’m…

more comfortable with who I am as a person. My journey through high school and university has led to me becoming the person that I want to be. I am happy to be involved in E2M, an organisation with such a pure cause. I enjoy traveling the world, ensuring that I go on at least one or two international trips per year. And most importantly, I’ve learned how to be confident in who I am, without comparing myself to others and regardless of what other people think.