Meet The Team | Luke Dabbs
Welcome to the latest instalment of our meet the team series, which, as the title implies will dive into the background of the amazing people that make up The Finish Line. Meet Luke Dabbs who joins us today!
Luke took an interest in technology at a very young age. Like most children, Luke was prone to driving his parents mad but unlike most his guilt lay in regularly breaking the family PC by tinkering with it. The silver lining to this ongoing family feud was that Luke became rather proficient at fixing it! Whilst that didn’t stop him getting grounded, it did mean that he quickly acquired enough knowledge to build his very own machine and rule the world! Well, not really but it did stop him from tormenting his poor folks. As a teenager he learned to program his own games using the visual basic language, teaching himself Photoshop so he could design the graphic elements and then sharing the results with his friends at school. He found a palpable passion for technological creativity, making art, writing and recording music with the help of the software skills he was developing.
After A levels he spent a year studying law at UEA in Norwich but frankly it was not a great fit for him and he found himself yearning for a more creative outlet. Ultimately he chose a course in film, studying by day and working nights as a barman in the local Wetherspoons (he still makes a mean woo-woo). After completing his first short film, cutting and finishing on Avid, he was simply smitten with post production. He took out a loan, found a room in Acton on gumtree and headed off in search of a job. Before long he landed a role as a runner in a leading west London Post Production facility where he in fact met some of the young, roguish future Finish Line employees for the first time. From day one he made himself a nuisance in the machine room, asking more questions than he made cups of tea (though sadly no more woo-woos). After 6 months he scored his first promotion to edit assistant.
In the coming years Luke worked at a few facilities across London, using any spare time to hone his existing skills and develop new ones, including playing guitar in a heavy metal band and home-brewing beer with his fiancée Laura. He learned After Effects using online tutorials before doing a full Adobe certification, and spent many hours alone in the dark (sharpening his grading skills of course). It all paid off when he was promoted to in-house Online Editor in a post facility and he hasn’t looked back since.
Joining The Finish Line is a wonderful opportunity to be part of an extremely talented team – I can’t wait to get stuck in and start sharing knowledge and information. It really fires you up and gets you excited about post all over again
We asked Luke what advice he would give to his younger self to which he replied:
If I could offer my younger self any advice, I’d say learn something new every day. Don’t be afraid to take risks, try new things and occasionally push yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you work hard, trust yourself and keep your ears and eyes open, you’ll do great.