Juliana Ayeni-Stevens was Creative Access intern number 11 (of a current total of 441). She started her journey at talent agency United Agents and after two and a half years, has now secured a fabulous new role at the National Theatre. Here she talks about her career to date…
I graduated with a degree in Drama with Film and Television Studies from Brunel University in 2011. After stints at DHL, Blue Arrow and H & M, a friend told me about the Creative Access Creative Industry Showcase at Channel 4 which I went along to back in 2012. I then applied for the role at United Agents and I’m very proud to have been one of the first ever interns on the scheme.
The masterclasses are such an amazing idea and I’ve definitely learnt from them. They’re always extremely insightful and a great opportunity to gain knowledge about the different creative sectors. United Agents was my stepping-stone into the creative industries. I started there in October 2012 and was given the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of all the different departments – from actors, to film, TV and books. After my internship I was offered the position of the Actor’s Department Assistant.
I gained a huge amount of experience in this role, from arranging meetings for clients, liaising with casting directors and production offices, reading scripts and producing breakdowns. I also attended the odd press night which was always fun! I’ve recently started at The National Theatre in the costume department as the new administrator. Despite finishing my internship over two and a half years ago, Creative Access informed me of the role and put me forward for it. I’ve had a great few weeks, am learning a lot and working with a wonderful team.
Creative Access has helped me pave a creative career which I couldn’t have imagined doing without their support. I am so appreciative and excited for the next step in my career.