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Brian O’Sullivan, founder and owner of Unity Media Network

Thursday, 25th May, 2017 1:00am

When you were small, what did you want to be as a grown-up?

A pilot.

Tell us about your career progression to your role today:

I went to college after my Leaving Cert and I was involved with media as a hobby with my brother Derek and friends. That lasted for nine years. I worked for Autoglass for 12 years. Then I decided, back in 2015, to go back to college to do IT and train as a network engineer and server administrator.

I quit my job in the meantime and looked for another, finding one in IT. This year, 2017, I completed college and aim to use what I’ve learnt as the backbone of unitymedianetwork.com. This is an online non-commercial TV and radio website, where you can view local well-known acts and musicians; as well as a host of music, live streamed 24 hours a day from all genres. Unity Media Network is in its infancy and hopefully, over time, can progress to include current affairs, news and interviews with people in the know.

I aim to to push it the way I see the entertainment industry is going to go. Everything isn’t online just yet.

 

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

With Unity, the most enjoyable thing is the constant changing of technology. What was the standard six months ago is old news now. Technology progresses at a frightening rate, keeping up is key.

 

 

What motivates you?

Not knowing how to do something, or not knowing how something works. It just makes me want to figure it out even more.

 

What advice would you give your 15 year old self?

Do what you love. Don’t get comfortable just working day to day.

 

If you weren’t in the job you have, what would you be doing?

Still working for a glass company wondering where to start changing things to get the career I want.

 

What is your greatest life or career achievement to-date?

Being able to change my whole life around, at an age where it’s deemed harder.

 

Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

My family. It’s hard to pick one as I’ve a big family. But my mother and father always gave great advice.

 

What is the life dream now?

To keep up-skilling and keep moving forward.

 

How do you switch off?

By getting out for a drive or family spin somewhere. And just exploring.

 

What is your favourite Cork memory?

Christmas in the late 1980s and early 1990s. All the coloured lights on North Main Street and Patrick Street It’s the type of decorations they should bring back.

 

What is your favourite place in Cork?

Owenahincha, West Cork. It brings back great memories of childhood holidays with great walkways and is a great place to explore.

 

 

Do you have a favourite quote or motto?

Steve Jobs: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

My own: “Stuff happens, deal with it.”

 

 

When are you at your happiest?

Believe it or not, while in front of a computer, or trying to figure something out. My partner Ciara sees me spend days in front of my laptop and my friends say I never take my face out of my phone.

 

Any regrets?

I have loads and too many to list. But that’s life, regrets shape your future decisions.

 

What is your hidden talent?

I’m double jointed in my elbows. I’m not sure that’s a talent but it was great fun as a kid.

 

What might we be surprised to know about you?

I’ve never kissed the Blarney Stone. And when away, I get homesick.

 

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

No, that’s about it really. All there is to know for now. Unity and online technology are my passion at the moment. The Unity format is only a month old but it’s going well. So, who knows in a year’s time where it will be? Especially as online media and technology will have progressed leaps and bounds by then.

When you were small, what did you want to be as a grown-up?

A pilot.

 

Tell us about your career progression to your role today:

I went to college after my Leaving Cert and I was involved with media as a hobby with my brother Derek and friends. That lasted for nine years. I worked for Autoglass for 12 years. Then I decided, back in 2015, to go back to college to do IT and train as a network engineer and server administrator.

I quit my job in the meantime and looked for another, finding one in IT. This year, 2017, I completed college and aim to use what I’ve learnt as the backbone of unitymedianetwork.com. This is an online non-commercial TV and radio website, where you can view local well-known acts and musicians; as well as a host of music, live streamed 24 hours a day from all genres. Unity Media Network is in its infancy and hopefully, over time, can progress to include current affairs, news and interviews with people in the know.

I aim to to push it the way I see the entertainment industry is going to go. Everything isn’t online just yet.

 

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

With Unity, the most enjoyable thing is the constant changing of technology. What was the standard six months ago is old news now. Technology progresses at a frightening rate, keeping up is key.

 

What motivates you?

Not knowing how to do something, or not knowing how something works. It just makes me want to figure it out even more.

 

What advice would you give your 15 year old self?

Do what you love. Don’t get comfortable just working day to day.

 

If you weren’t in the job you have, what would you be doing?

Still working for a glass company wondering where to start changing things to get the career I want.

 

What is your greatest life or career achievement to-date?

Being able to change my whole life around, at an age where it’s deemed harder.

 

Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

My family. It’s hard to pick one as I’ve a big family. But my mother and father always gave great advice.

 

What is the life dream now?

To keep up-skilling and keep moving forward.

 

How do you switch off?

By getting out for a drive or family spin somewhere. And just exploring.

 

What is your favourite Cork memory?

Christmas in the late 1980s and early 1990s. All the coloured lights on North Main Street and Patrick Street. It’s the type of decorations they should bring back.

 

What is your favourite place in Cork?

Owenahincha, West Cork. It brings back great memories of childhood holidays with great walkways and is a great place to explore.

 

Do you have a favourite quote or motto?

Steve Jobs: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

My own: “Stuff happens, deal with it.”

 

When are you at your happiest?

Believe it or not, while in front of a computer, or trying to figure something out. My partner Ciara sees me spend days in front of my laptop and my friends say I never take my face out of my phone.

 

Any regrets?

I have loads and too many to list. But that’s life, regrets shape your future decisions.

 

What is your hidden talent?

I’m double jointed in my elbows. I’m not sure that’s a talent, but it was great fun as a kid.

 

What might we be surprised to know about you?

I’ve never kissed the Blarney Stone. And when away, I get homesick.

 

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

Unity and online technology are my passion at the moment. The Unity format is only a month old but it’s going well. So, who knows in a year’s time where it will be? Especially as online media and technology will have progressed leaps and bounds by then. To get involved, see unitymedianetwork.com

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