Jermaine Johnson – Jamie Johnson FC on CBBC
Filming for Jamie Johnson on CBBC
In the Summer of 2017 I got the opportunity of a lifetime to star as one of the new characters in the hit TV show on CBBC known as Jamie Johnson.
It all started when my mum received an email from my agent telling me that I had an audition coming up. They told my mum and I that it was for a football drama show and at first I could not quite figure out what it was for, but it did not take me long to work out it was for one of my favourite TV shows. As the show was pretty big it would not take just one audition to get into the show, it would take up to five. I arrived at the first audition and felt really confident and it turns out I aced it! A few days later I received an telling me that I had the part, and as you can imagine I was absolutely buzzing.
We soon told the school and they were more than happy for me to take part; I knew they would support me straight from the get-go and that is exactly what they did. In fact this was one of the reasons that gave me so much confidence: knowing the school supported me was so uplifting and really helped me. However the part that scared me was that I would have to live away in Nottingham for 3 months, but I had to be daring and give it my best shot.
Acting life was completely different – it felt like I was royalty. I received most things I wanted when I wanted – it was amazing. Being in front of camera was like nothing I have ever experienced before. At first I was scared of the camera but soon all I wanted to do was be in front of it. All the crew would use these crazy words for the cameras – I never knew what they meant. They had loads of different terms for the lenses, to describe different camera angles and much more.
But it tired me out as every day I would be up at 6:00 am to have breakfast, travel to the set and then film all day (apart from lunch which I prefer not to get into otherwise I’ll never be able to stop) until around about 7:00 – 7:30 pm and then I would have dinner (which would always be amazing), get given the script to learn for the next day and then learn it. It sounds hard but when used to it, it is spectacular. I also got to meet amazing new people and got to see how everything works behind the scenes; the lights,camera and people – I will never forget the experience.
But unfortunately all good things come to and end and before I knew it we had finished filming the series. But we did have a goodbye party with all cast and crew and, although it may have been a little emotional, it was great nevertheless. Then something amazing happened: shortly after filming I found out that the show had been nominated for a BAFTA award and I was flabbergasted! I couldn’t even describe my emotions knowing I get to go to the BAFTAS was crazy. I went to the BAFTAS on Saturday 24 March 2018 and loads of fans turned up and the fact that they asked for my autograph and a picture with me was unreal. We got to watch the first two episodes and they do a Q&A on stage and film a little as the TV show also has a podcast.
That’s pretty much my experience of filming for the BBC. I’d like to thank all the staff at FBS for supporting me and allowing and pushing me towards my dream of becoming an actor. I’d like to especially thank Mr Ebenezer for supporting me all the way. He even showed up to a special screening on the weekend and it was pretty early – it really meant a lot to me. I would also like to thank the school for allowing me all the time off to film. Without them I would have not been able to do what I’ve done. I’m incredibly lucky with the all the support received and I am more than proud to be a Fulham Boy!
Jermaine Johnson, Year 9, Wilberforce