Did you know? The cabin crew featuring in our TV advert are actual Monarch employees, who you may well find onboard one of your next flights!
Meet the superstar crew and enjoy getting to know them better. We’re starting off with Priya – here’s her initial audition tape for the advert!
Hi Priya! Let’s get to know you a little bit more – tell me about your background.
I was born in India, moved to the UK when I was six months old. I grew up in Wembley, North West London. I have a degree in psychology, and I’m going back to do a post-grad in Primary Teaching this September which means I’ll be going part time with Monarch.
If your friends described you in three words, they would say…
Having asked my friends, they’ve come out with dedicated, hardworking and sophisticated.
What made you want to work for Monarch?
I flew with Monarch a very very long time ago to Goa, and always remembered having an amazing holiday. A decade later when it came to what airline I wanted to work for, I remembered and was inspired by how friendly the crew was.
How long have you been working for Monarch?
Four years, coming up to my fifth summer!
What gives you the most satisfaction in the job?
When you realise that actually what you do does make a difference – having customers tell you that they had a really nice flight, or when they say that they always travel with Monarch.
What keeps you motivated to enjoy your job?
The people I work with, and looking forward to seeing those friendly faces again and again.
What do you love the most about it?
Apart from the amazing people I work with, in and out of office, I love the actual flying. There’s something special about working in the skies – call it admiration, addiction or sheer love for it – but it’s a different world up there.
What made you want to audition for the TV ad?
I have to be honest, I submitted my audition very last minute and had been umming and aahing for a while! In the end I thought “Well, this is something I may never get the chance to do ever again”. Plus, if I had to do a TV ad for someone, it would only be for Monarch.
How did you feel when you were told you had been picked to feature in Monarch’s TV advert?
I had just come back from a flight and didn’t really understand or believe it. It wasn’t till I got in the car when I found out, and had to do a little dance! I remember that journey back home – I was singing and dancing all the way home.
How was the filming process?
It was absolutely surreal, the cabin rew from Manchester were amazing, as well as the film crew. I was extremely nervous, just wanted to get it right and not be the one that had to do 50 takes. But there’s a point when you realise that if the directors aren’t saying anything to you, you’re probably doing it right.
I definitely have a newfound appreciation for actors now, it’s really not as simple as looking pretty and made up. There could be one single action that you do over and over and over again… having said that, it was honestly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I do have to applaud the little girl in my scene, she was absolutely brilliant, even after we’d stopped filming she’d be skipping off…completely in film mode, throughout.
Did acting come natural?
Yes and no, my first scene involved me being on the interphone, because I was so nervous someone decided to actually call me and talk to me…after that it became natural, as it’s what I do on a daily basis. The escalator scene and smiling to the family, I was never told to do something else or do anything different so I think the smiling just came naturally. I’d say the talking to customers and passengers on board was something that also came naturally, I think cabin crew have an art for conversation and I don’t think any of us needed prompting when it came to talking to people…
Thank you for your time Priya! Finally, any advice for those thinking or pursuing a career similar to yours?
I’d say for anyone wanting to be cabin crew, it’s all about wanting to meet different people, wanting to go to different destinations and wanting a different day every day. It is hard work and there are days when you may have to wake up at 2:00, 3:00, 4:00…but believe me when I say every day I’ve had no matter how difficult, has always been somewhat fun because of the crew you’re with. It’s like coming to work and having a set of family at work.