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As one of the biggest TikTok stars in the UK, at the age of just 20, Gabi Blukacz is already enjoying a successful career in media and is looking forward to an extremely bright future as she and her partner launch their own talent agency, 15Media.
In addition to being an internet sensation with more than 2.3million followers on TikTok, Gabi is also studying for a Foundation Degree in Creative Media Production at City College Plymouth.
Now based in Liverpool, Gabi said she was grateful to the College for allowing her to continue with her studies via remote learning. Gabi explained: “The College has been really helpful in letting me work remotely and they are also really supportive of the fact I am doing my course alongside running a business.
“I’ve been studying with City College for quite some time. I first did a beauty course and whilst I really enjoyed it, I couldn’t see myself doing it as a career. I’m quite a creative person and the College helped me to identify a course that would be suitable, and so I started the Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production. I didn’t really know what to expect at first, but I absolutely loved it.
“You are given a lot of freedom to discover what is your particular area of interest, but you also get to develop a wide range of skills. I never imagined that I would become confident in video editing and graphic design, but this course really stimulates your imagination. Developing your creative skills is just one part of the media course: this course helps you to develop your understanding of the industry as a whole.”
Gabi, who goes by the name GabiFaye on TikTok, is a natural in front of the camera, but she believes part of her success is due to the amount of attention she gives to the editing process. Her hilarious videos quickly became lockdown favourites for millions of TikTok users, and her following has grown rapidly over the past nine months.
Gabi said: “I would certainly recommend studying creative media technology, especially to those who are creative and artistic, as it’s an extremely pleasant and interesting course to study. It allows the students to explore all sorts of types of media and film-related activities to see what suits each individual person best, preparing them to later study a specific subject of their choice or to pursue a specific career.”
Gabi has recently launched a new TikTok account, AriaCyrus, which has attracted 800,000 followers in just two months.