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What it’s like working in the environmental sector during COP26

Who are you? I’m an investigator at Global Witness, an NGO specialising in hard-hitting investigations and advocacy relating to climate and the environment. My team’s work focuses on deforestation and subsequent human rights abuses happening in Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Papua New Guinea, as highlighted by our recent investigation, The True Price […]

Why diversity matters at COP26

Creative Access alum Sunita Ramani shares her thoughts on why it’s important people from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds share their voices in climate discussions.

Creative Access Spotlight – Theo Perrin

We’re back with another Spotlight Series blog post! Under the spotlight, this time is our super hard-working Copywriter, Theo Perrin. Can you introduce yourself? I’m Theo! I’m a Copywriter and CRM Assistant at Creative Access. Could you describe your role in a little more detail? My job involves populating our opportunities page with the hundreds […]

My Kickstart Experience – by Annabella Costantino

In response to COVID-19, Kickstart placements have given young people the opportunity to work in a range of creative industries, bridging the gap of unemployment that the pandemic has caused. Annabella Costantino, recent MA Publishing Media graduate from Oxford Brookes University, is a current Kickstart placement holder at inclusive children’s fiction studio, Storymix. Can you […]

My Stop-Motion Animation journey – by Isabelle Thomson

As part of Creative Access’ ongoing partnership with Aardman Animations, Izzy Thomson, was offered a complimentary place on this covered world-class stop motion course. Here she tells us what she learned and her plans for the future… I am a painter from the Highlands of Scotland. I grew up in a place called Cromarty, an […]

Creative Access Spotlight – Ayesha Ali

We are shining the spotlight on our amazing staff once again. This time it’s the turn of our fabulous Employer Training & Operations Assistant, Ayesha Ali. Grab a cuppa as we talk all things creative (and Wales!). Please introduce yourself! I’m Ayesha and I am the Employer Training & Operations Assistant for Creative Access. What […]

Creative Access Spotlight – Stephen Page OBE

It’s time for our Spotlight Series blog post once again! Creative Access Chair and Executive Chair of Faber Books, Stephen Page OBE talks to our Marketing Assistant Larah Yearwood about all things publishing and Creative Access… You began your career in bookselling, how did you get into that? I grew up near Birmingham and I […]

What Pride means to us

Pride month 2021 may be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean we should stop celebrating the wonderful LGBTQIA+ community and sharing the love with them. Have a read of our latest blog post featuring our Creative Access colleagues Jade and Asha. In it, they explain how the creative industries have progressed with acceptance […]

Creative Access Spotlight – Yasmin Hemmings

The Creative Access team has grown and with so many great new additions, we’re letting you in behind the scenes. We’re excited for you all to know a little bit more about our roles. So, grab a cuppa, sit back and relax while we shine the first CA Spotlight on our brilliant Kickstart Coordinator, Yasmin […]

How I’m overcoming Imposter Syndrome

I (Larah Yearwood) was hired by Creative Access in October 2020 and I have been dealing with Imposter Syndrome throughout my employment. Here, I share my experience and some tips to help others navigate through the same issue. Imposter Syndrome is something a lot of people struggle with. It is the internal belief that you […]

Our 2020 wrapped

This has been an exceptionally difficult year for so many, and now more than ever we know that we need to help under-represented communities enter and thrive within the creative industries.  Have a read through to discover just some of the highlights Creative Access has to report from 2020! Our Campaigns Earlier this year we […]

My path to being an advertising ‘creative’ – by Rohit Tharakan

“Being a creative has its ups and downs, but, it can be a really exciting career. It allows you to really push, pull, and stretch your imagination as far as it can go.” Rohit’s dream was to work in advertising and with a bit of help from Creative Access, that dream became a reality… I […]

“It’s about doing the right thing for storytelling” – Q&A with Jasmine Richards

Diversity and representation in publishing is something that has long been a topic of conversation. More recently, the representation in children’s books has been reflected on in the media. Creative Access caught up with author and founder, Jasmine Richards, who specialises in children’s publishing, to find out what more can be done to address the […]

“Our stories are worth championing” – Q&A with Cinderella is Dead author Kalynn Bayron

Creative Access got the chance to speak to author Kalynn Bayron about her latest book, Cinderella is Dead – a young adult retelling of Cinderella with a Black, queer protagonist at its heart. We discuss favourite fairytales, representation, and advice for aspiring writers. Plus, keep reading for a chance to enter our competition to win […]

Top tips for getting your first publishing job

We spoke to Hannah Bond, who works with our friends at Bookouture – a global digital publisher of all kinds of commercial fiction that is part of Hachette UK. She shares with us her top tips for getting into the publishing industry… Do your research If you’re applying for a job at a publishing house, […]

“Use your voice to incite change” – Q&A with illustrator, author, and activist Florence Given

Here at Creative Access, we had the pleasure of speaking to British feminist queer illustrator Florence Given about her debut book, Women Don’t Owe You Pretty, as well as her activism and using your platform to incite change. What’s more, we’ve partnered with Octopus Publishing Group to give away THREE COPIES of the book. Keep […]

Navigating unconscious bias in the creative industry as a mixed-race woman

Sophia began her career as a Creative Access intern working as a Development Researcher for an independent TV production company in Manchester and is now on the Creative Access Advisory Board. Over the last five years, Sophia has been developing her portfolio in the factual documentary space and currently works as an Assistant Producer for […]

“Make yourself indispensable” – invaluable tips for aspiring journalists

We caught up with our former intern-turned Economics reporter at The Telegraph, Lizzy Burden, to learn about her journey into newspaper journalism and hear her top tips for getting started in the industry. Filipina-English by birth, Lizzy has lived all over the world, having worked as a fashion model for eight years before becoming a […]

How to be a good ally

Isabella Silvers, Associate Editor at Hearst Magazines UK, and former Creative Access intern, shares her nine tips for being a good ally. In these traumatic times, many non-Black people are asking what can be done to support fight systemic racism so we are grateful to Isabella for sharing her thoughts: DO NOT share videos of black […]

Why cooking is the best way to relax in lockdown

We caught up with Mareyah Bhatti, our intern with Forum for the Future, who talked to us all about her food blog Carbon Foodprints and how sustainable cooking has been keeping her sane during lockdown.  Graduating with a Geography degree means I have a well-established passion for the environment, and it’s something I wanted to integrate […]

Valuing disability in the publishing industry

This post is written by three people with disabilities who work in academic publishing – Simon Holt (Senior Acquisitions Editor, Elsevier) is visually impaired, Katy Alexander (Global Director for Marketing and Communications, Digital Science) has dyslexia, and Becky Degler (Digital Product Manager, Wiley) has chronic migraine. Diversity is finally at the forefront of the agenda […]

Freelance television’s diversity problem

We caught up with former Creative Access intern Dean Webster, who spoke about the need for greater accountability when it comes diversity in the freelance television workforce… I started my career in television seven years ago as a Creative Access & PACT Diversity intern, where I was given a fully paid placement at Shine and […]

A Q&A with award-winning Ingrid Persaud on her debut novel (and other things!)

Here at Creative Access, we had the privilege of speaking to the multi-talented Ingrid Persaud, author of the stunning new novel, Love After Love. Winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the BBC Short Story Award, Ingrid gave us an exclusive interview all about her journey from law to fine art to writing, and shares her wisdom […]

Getting your dream job isn’t easy – but Creative Access sure know how to help!

By Nelima Begum, Editorial & Marketing Assistant at The Literary Consultancy I’ve always thought the road to ‘success’ was a straight line – you get good grades in school, graduate from university and suddenly the universe will just deem you worthy of your dream job and you get to live your best life. No. Maybe […]

Interview advice from a publishing guru

Have a publishing interview coming up but have no clue what to expect? We caught up with our former Harlequin UK intern – turned Head of Zeus Commissioning Editor, and now the Editorial Director for Orion Books, Rhea Kurien, to ask her about her top tips for acing those interview questions… 1. Tell me a little […]

Amazing dyslexics and the jobs they do

In honour of Jessica Kingsley Publisher’s upcoming book ‘The Bigger Book of Amazing Dyslexics’, we spoke to authors Kathy Forsyth and Kate Power about the incredible work that dyslexic people do across all the creative industries! Welcome to the colourful world of dyslexia. Looking to inspire our teenage dyslexics through secondary school and college, we spent three […]

“You are good enough to do whatever you aspire to”; Advice from a young dance professional

Following our event in collaboration with Kingston University, we had the chance to talk to Kingston graduate Kia, who is carving a path within the dance industry. As a freelance Dancer and Learner Progression Coordinator at Aimhigher London, Kia shares her advice on how she got to where she is and what it takes to […]

Insights from a World Book Day Intern

We caught up with Toni Ayonrinde, who we placed at The Booksellers Association as a World Book Day Intern in November 2019. She gives us an insight into what it’s like working with this exciting charity… Happy World Book Day! World Book Day is an annual worldwide celebration of reading and books. I have been […]

‘You’d have an easier time if you Anglicised your name’ – advice given to me as an aspiring journalist…

Khaleda Rahman has come so far since her internship with Creative Access in 2013. She has worked across the world in offices in London, New York and Sydney, but one thing she has noticed consistently is the diversity problem in journalism. Khaleda shares some of her own experiences with us… Walking into an unfamiliar newsroom […]

Q&A with Creative Access’ new Head of Programmes

We are so happy to welcome the newest member to the Creative Access team, Laura, who has joined us as our Head of Programmes! In honour of her joining, we arranged a Q&A with her to learn more about her role and what brought her to Creative Access, and ask what advice she would give […]

“Living my art world dreams”; reflections from a Christie’s Masters Student

This time a year ago, Creative Access was set the task of finding a candidate for The Christie’s Education Trust to join their MA History of Art and Art World Practice. Following a hugely competitive application process, the successful candidate was the brilliant Robyn Orovwuje-Forbes. Here she fills us in on how it’s going since she started… Just […]

Our 2019 Wrapped

Just like human noses and ears, Creative Access keeps on growing! From placing our 1000th intern in February, hosting masterclasses at Facebook and LinkedIn to a second Creative Access engagement, 2019 was jam-packed with many moments to be proud of! Now that 2020 has finally arrived, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some […]

Reflections of a TV Trainee; from Runner to Researcher

Former Creative Access Intern Olivia Evans tells us about life as a newbie in the TV industry. A year on, she reflects on all that she has achieved… Today is the day I complete my one-year Creative Access Researcher placement with Objective Media Group and what a busy year it has been. For those who […]

“Four Surprising Things We’ve Learned About Facebook Ads” – Forward Action

The organisations we work with use Facebook ads for a range of different goals: driving donations, email subscribers or video views, for example. But regardless of the goal, for Facebook ad campaigns to succeed it’s crucial to drive clicks from the right people as cheaply as possible. To make sure we’re always spending ads budget […]

Home Away From Home by Namra Amir

From the depths of Dublin to championing diversity in literature, former CA intern Namra Amir shares her amazing journey into publishing with some helpful hints along the way!  It’s been a full year since I was a Creative Access intern, and what a year it has been! Becoming a Creative Access intern was the best […]

On the fringe of ‘The Fringe’ with Ishan Ganjoor

Fabulously on the fringe of everything comedy, we caught up with former CA intern from the BBC, Ishan Ganjoor on his experience at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year… In April I applied to the Edinburgh Fringe’s Emerging Producers Development Program, through Creative Access. I should stress, I truly am ‘emerging’, some might even debate […]

Peeking into Pan Macmillan: Our 21st Birthday

We have just placed our 21st intern at our long-standing partners, Pan Macmillian! To celebrate this 21st birthday, we’d like to share what our current cohort are up to…   But first! If you don’t know who they are, here’s a little bit of background for you. Founded in 1843, Pan Macmillan are one of Britain’s oldest […]

Partition Voices: Untold British Stories by Kavita Puri

To mark its 70th anniversary, Kavita Puri sheds a light on the untold stories of those who witnessed India’s partition in 1947 with the BBC Documentary, Partition Voices. The award-winning TV executive producer and radio broadcaster also recounts their experiences in her new book, “Partition Voices: Untold British Stories“… In 2017, I ran a project […]

CA: The BAME Fairy Godmother

I’ll start with the raw truth: This blog entry was hard. And late. I’m talking next level ‘has-it-really-been-nearly-a-year-since-I-promised-to-write-this?’ late. I’m starting with this, not because there’s nothing to say about my journey with CA. I kept putting it off because I found it difficult to start with just one thing, because I’m almost overwhelmed by […]

Scoring my dream job in global storytelling… by Natalie Tempel-Merzougui

We caught up with our former CA intern, Natalie Tempel-Merzougui, who is currently working as a Researcher at the BBC, on all things applications, career ambitions, and life working at the heart of TV. Achieveing a first-class degree in Business from the University of Westminster and a masters in Social Anthropology and Development from SOAS University […]

Different Pioneers, Same Journey | Armani Ur-Rub

To be in theatre or to not be in theatre? Our former Creative Access intern from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Armani Ur-Rub decided to go with the former option and shares his journey into the Arts with us… It’s not uncommon to finish university and struggle to find your first job. In fact, I reckon […]

Motivated by the love of journalism | Zouhir Al-Shimale

Earlier this year, Creative Access hosted a session for over thirty former journalists who are now refugees in the UK, on behalf of the Refugee Journalism Project. Two of the participants subsequently spent time here in the CA offices to understand more about what we do and how we work. Zouhir, who grew up in Syria, […]

It’s not about the Burqa … Mariam Khan’s story

From Parks & Rec to professional publication, our former Creative Access intern at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Mariam Khan, writes about her career journey to date and what led her to releasing her debut book ‘It’s Not About The Burqa’… After leaving University, I knew I wanted to be involved in publishing but I didn’t […]

“I work in publishing because…” by Simran Sandhu

To mark this year’s ‘Work in Publishing’ week 2018 (the campaign aimed to promote career opportunities available at all stages of the publishing supply chain) our former Creative Access intern  and Publishing Assistant at Pan Macmillan, Simran Sandhu, tells us her story… “I work in publishing because… the job is essentially to love books: read […]

Reflections | It’s never too late to do what you love | Christina McDougall

Hear from one of our CA interns English Touring Theatre, Christina McDougall talk about her journey from broker companies & fraud analysis to theatre & creativity… After 10 years of not working in theatre I am excited to finally get another chance at it. I always loved performing from a young age in school productions and after […]

Never a dull moment in the PR industry – Maya Tanna

Fresh from her CA internship with Cirkle this year, our former intern Maya Tanna speaks on her experiences in the PR and Communications industry and her next steps… Having studied a Masters degree in philosophy, I was looking to test the waters and plunge myself into a creative career. I was looking for a creative career […]

Finding your place in the creative industries – Kashif Boothe

Aspirational uni grad turned award-winning Web Series Producer, Kashif Boothe gives us an insight into how his Creative Access internship led him to find his perfect role in production, with his growing web series, Nate & Jamie. My name is Kashif Boothe, I’m 26 years old and I currently work in broadcast at Discovery Channel. This isn’t something […]

Tales of a dynamic director – Isher Sahota

Our former intern, Isher Sahota, current Director of BBC One’s Doctors shares his amazing CA journey with us and reflects on the key steps he made to succeed in TV and film-making…  Bold, diverse and new stories. They’re all the film and television industry says it wants, but the reality of gaining commissions and credits as […]

“I should apply to this thing called Creative Access” – Harlan Davies tells his story so far…

Former Creative Access intern at independent production company Electric Ray, – Harlan Davies – shares his story with us and gives some top tips on how to navigate the tricky world of television…. After finishing my final exams at university, I suddenly had to turn vague aspirations of a job into a reality. My history […]

Going from Academics to NGOs by James Hanson

We caught up with former Creative Access intern James Hanson and how he went from strength to strength in the charity sector. From Greenpeace and Contact the Elderly to Diabetes UK, here is his journey… While I was studying, like most people, I had no idea what to do with myself. I finished my under-grad in Ancient History, loved […]

Festival madness, peer support and Sadiq Kahn – An intern’s story

Scottish-born Rachel D’Arcy moved down to London for a year to be a Creative Access intern. She’s since moved back up to Glasgow to work for the National Theatre of Scotland. Here she reflects on her career to date and gives some sound advice to those who want to pursue a career in theatre or PR… I […]

Having a mentor helped me progress in my publishing career and secure my new role

In part two of our feature on mentoring, Nicole Gordon, former Creative Access intern and Sales Administrator at Pan Macmillan, writes about her career journey to date and what she has both given to and taken from the mentoring partnership As a Creative Access alumni with over two years of publishing experience, I was allocated […]

A Relationship of Equals … the mentor / mentee partnership

In part one of our feature on mentoring, Hannah Telfer, a Managing Director at a leading publisher, reflects on what she both takes from and brings to the mentoring partnership… Somehow, in the formal language of mentors and mentees, we struggle to convey the real value that comes from two people, at different stages of […]

How to combine a love of reading AND writing into the perfect job…

Our former intern, Caroline Carpenter, has succeeded in forging a career which combines both her love of writing and love for books. She tells us about her journey to date and gives some sound advice for those wanting to follow in her footsteps… I have worked at The Bookseller – a trade magazine for the […]

A moment with ex-intern Melina Sharma, Curator at Twitter Moments

After completing her Creative Access internship and a year on a fixed term contract, Melina Sharma, has just been moved to a permanent contract at Twitter. Here she writes about her experiences and what she’s learnt… This month marks a year since I became an official curator at Twitter Moments. Before I took on a permanent […]

‘Small afro, a hoody …& he walked around like he ran the show’. BAME Role Models in the Performing Arts

Dr Doris Ruth Eikhof, Deputy Director of CAMEo Research Institute at University of Leicester, the Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies, explains the impact of BAME Role Models in performing arts. “I had never seen that in the arts before: small afro, a hoody on that said BRAT and he walked around like he ran […]

Hear from the Queen of Networking & Getting Things Done, Olivia Crooks…

We caught up with former Creative Access intern Olivia Crooks to hear a bit about her journey in the world of advertising, from BBH, to Vice Media, via Google and Grey… So I am a 24-year-old Londoner – born and bred. I studied English and American studies at the University of Leicester and for those […]

Grace, Guardian and Gal-dem by Grace Shutti

We caught up with former Creative Access intern Grace Shutti to hear a bit about how she is and what she’s been up to since her internship… Grace graduated with a degree in Music from University of Southampton in 2015. Not long after this, she secured her Creative Access internship at Rife Magazine in Bristol […]

“I’ve never…” – My week at Arvon by Yero Timi-Biu

Our wonderful former -intern, Yero Timi Biu secured her Creative Access internship in 2015 as a Production Assistant at Lupus Films. Since then, she’s been commissioned twice by Channel 4 (you can see her Random Acts film here) and is now working in the Commissioning & Development team at BBC Film. Earlier this month, Yero took […]

From music internship to independent music business by Darren Blair

Want to know how an internship in music can take you to running your own business? We caught up with former Creative Access intern, Darren Blair to hear about his internship, what he is up to now and what some of his plans are for the future. Darren was interested in getting into the music […]

Fighting fit for World Mental Health Day – top tips by Dr Victoria Mattison

To mark this year’s World Mental Health Day and hot on the heels of our masterclass at the Wellcome Trust, Dr Victoria Mattison, Clinical Psychologist at Islington CAMHS, gives us some top tips for taking care of ourselves and each other in the workplace… We all have mental health, and our emotional or mental well-being can fluctuate […]

My summer of publishing with Creative Access by Melissa Gitari

This summer, I was lucky enough to work at the Society of Authors for six weeks, and attend a week-long Get Into Book Publishing course at UCL, both of which I applied for through Creative Access. I recently graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in English Language and Literature, and it was […]

Ashley Francis-Roy talks about his journey from researcher to AP…

Ashley Francis-Roy did a year-long internship at the BBC in their Arts team from September 2014 to September 2015. Since then he’s worked as a researcher at Pulse Films and then an Assistant Producer at Acme Films, working on a Jay Z and Kanye West film for Channel 4. He’s currently an Assistant Producer at […]

My journey into the world of theatre, by former Creative Access intern Lian Wilkinson

Former Creative Access intern, Lian Wilkinson uncovers how she landed herself a 6-month placement at the English Touring Theatre. Whilst studying Modern Languages at university I was often met with the common quip of “so are you going to become a translator, interpreter or teacher?” Aside from regularly appearing on lists of 10 Things Every […]

Exeter Uni student Lucy Bacon, writes about her experience working as a summer intern for Creative Access

In the last few weeks of my second term at University, an email arrived in my inbox from the Careers department, titled “London Internships Scheme – APPLY NOW!” Being the lazy fresher I was, I usually deleted the emails form the careers team and pretended that I never got them. But it was something about […]

Bloomsbury intern Aliyana reveals how she landed her dream job

Aliyana Hirji, talks about her Creative Access internship and how she landed a full-time permanent role at the home of Harry Potter, Bloomsbury. I have always dreamt about ending up in a profession where I could read books all day and, for me at least, publishing always seemed to be a closed door that could […]

Will Robinson’s tips for working in the music industry

Will Robinson, Managing Director of I’m not from London tells us his recipe for a successful career in the music industry… #1 – Don’t be a dick! There are far too many egos in music already and if you’re in the industry side you may have to deal with a lot of artist’s expectations and […]

My top ten tips to getting started in journalism by Kavita Puri

Kavita Puri works in BBC TV Current Affairs, and is the Editor of Our World the award-winning foreign affairs documentary series. She is also the presenter of Radio 4 programmes, her next series Partition Voices is out this summer. Here she outlines her top ten tips to getting started in journalism. Journalism is an incredibly […]

“I want to support women and break boundaries” by Hetty Ashiagbor

Former Creative Access intern Hetty Ashiagbor has had a busy time since completing her internship at Lime Pictures back in 2015. Here she talks about her latest plans… I have heard many people exclaim that they are not where they want to be and that they are certainly not working in the industry they are […]

BBC intern Charon Cummins goes back to her secondary school

Charon Baya Cummins is currently interning at the BBC in their Marketing and Audiences Team. As part of our schools programme, she went back to visit her former secondary school,  Queens Park Community school in Brent, in March this year. Here she talks more about how it went… It was such a privilege to go […]

My internship at Tower of London – Gina Chahal

In this guest blog post, Creative Access intern Gina Chahal talks about her internship at the Tower of London.  Hi, my name is Gina and I am a media and PR intern at Historic Royal Palaces, which is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Kew Palace, […]

Never Give Up

Daniel Cinna is an Account Director at Markettiers, the UK’s leading broadcast consultancy. He works on consumer and corporate media relations and content creation campaigns for the most well-known brands in the world. Prior to this he was a journalist, producer and editor for over six years for Sky News Radio, LBC and Voice of […]

Tips To Succeed In Your Job Search Post-Graduation

Congratulations! You’ve graduated. You’ve had that final blowout with your uni mates; your parents have hung up your graduation photo; and it’s time to enter the world of work. Applying for a job has changed so much in 20 years. When I graduated you had to print off a letter, stick a stamp on an […]

Creative Access’s reflection on 2016

2016 has seen us reach some momentous milestones here at Creative Access. From placing our 500th, 600th and 700th interns, all the way through to welcoming brand new media partners such as Tate, Twitter, Finacial Times and Lyric Theatre to our growing network. As 2017 quickly approaches, we wanted to take a moment to reflect […]

Make Networking A Key Part of Your Work Life To Achieve and Succeed

Ola Animashawun, the Creative Director of Euphoric Ink, knows all too well the importance of networking. He has 25 years of experience of working in theatre, is an Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre and founder of the theatre’s Young Writers Programme. Ola is also a presenter, consultant, script editor, compere and producer. Here he gives some sounding advice on […]

‘There are no real rules, which perhaps counts as advice of sorts…’

Sathnam Sanghera, features writer for The Times and Chair of Creative Access, attempts to give some practical advice about sustaining a career in the creative industries. Last month I wrote an article for The Times business section about careers advice. Taking issue with a new generation of business websites tediously obsessed with proffering job tips […]

‘How not to apply for an internship’ by Ian Wong

In this story, Ian Wong speaks of the mistakes he felt he made when applying for a Creative Access internship. Learning from his mistakes, he turned things around and secured a six month internship via Creative Access as an Editorial Intern at Orion Publishing Group.   I was less than two months away from graduating […]

Top reasons to be a Creative Access intern

The creative industries are highly competitive and can seem extremely difficult to break into, especially if you don't have the right connections to give you a helping hand. Creative Access are here to help open the door to the creative industries for those from BAME backgrounds. Hearing the term 'internship' can sometimes be daunting. For [...]

Top tips to impress in a marketing interview

So your dream is to enter the big wide world of marketing. You’ve sailed through education, applied for countless amount of roles and you’ve finally secured an interview. Firstly, congratulations! Secondly, are you prepared? Marketing is one of the key components to an organisation’s success and there isn’t a rule book on how, when or where it’s […]

Intern Diaries: Jhuvilyn Lucero – Art Production Trainee at Big Talk Productions

          Friday Night Dinner Series 4 starts tonight on Channel 4, so we thought we’d sit down and have a quick Q&A with one our alumni Jhuvilyn Lucero who interned for Big Talk Productions and excitingly worked on the series. Jhuvilyn studied Multimedia design technology at Brunel University and graduated in 2013. [...]

Essential CV and cover letter writing tips

We’re sure you’ve heard many times before that job searching can often be a job within itself. And with hundreds of people competing for every role, especially in the creative industries, its imperative that your CV and cover letter accurately represent your skills. So whether you’re a fresh-faced graduate or a seasoned professional looking to make a career-changing […]

Creative Access alumna, Amrit Matharu: Launching my career in radio

Creative Access alum, Amrit Matharu was completed her internship at BBC Asian Network in January 2016. Since then, she has been offered a full time position with the station and has now been given the opportunity to present her own radio show. In this blog piece, Amrit talks about how she developed her passion for […]

How to launch your career in PR: Career advice from FleishmanHillard Fishburn’s Max Kalu

The PR industry is notoriously competitive so it’s always useful to get advice from talented people in the sector who have managed to successfully launch their careers. In this guest blog piece, FleishmanHillard Fishburn’s Max Kalu talks about how he got into PR and offers some valuable advice to anyone wanting to do the same. Growing up Public Relations, […]

We don’t have to believe a stereotype for it to affect us…

A few weeks ago, Creative Access CEO, Josie Dobrin attended an Unconscious Bias Workshop at the Publishers Association. In this blog piece, Josie talks about how stereotypes are formed… We are all products of our upbringing. Our friends, families, education and religion are all important elements in defining who we are. As are our age, where we […]

How to ace an interview with a book publishers

All your friends call you a bookworm but this is hardly surprising. You spend more of your time hanging off your Kindle than you do hanging out with them. It’s OK though because today you feel vindicated. The thousands of hours you’ve spent immersed in your favourite books have paid off and you’ve finally landed […]

Channel 4’s Commissioning Executive, Nasfim Haque: How I launched my career in TV

Channel 4’s Commissioning Executive recently opened our Creative Industries Showcase event at Channel 4. In this blog piece, she talks about how she launched her career in TV. Growing up in the 80s ‘having a passion for the media’ meant having an appointment to view The Krypton Factor, Desmond’s or Saturday Superstore, listening to Mark […]

Tiata fahodzi’s artistic director, Natalie Ibu: “Not all of you will be thinking of a career in theatre but I wish you were.”

Tiata fahodzi’s artistic director, Natalie Ibu recently spoke at our Creative Industries Showcase at Channel 4. In this blog piece, Natalie talks about the importance of networking, celebrating your identity and also offers some essential creative career tips. 12 years ago, I was a graduate with lots of excellent essays on my hard drive, very […]

How to ace a theatre job interview

You’ve dedicated hundreds of hours reading Shakespeare’s entire works and you’re familiar with every artistic director in the UK. Finally this knowledge has paid off as you’ve only gone and scored yourself that much coveted job interview at your all time favourite theatre company. Before you celebrate by reading ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ for the […]

Creative Careers: Advice for Prospective Applicants

5 plus 5 equals 10 but so does 7 plus 3. Just as you can get to the same answer in different ways, there is no one path to follow for a creative career. I learnt this while undertaking work experience with Creative Access. My week with Creative Access gave me fantastic insight into their […]

My experience as an intern in the music industry

In this case study we profile Richard Lartey who completed a Digital Marketing internship at Absolute Label Services and was offered a full time role after. Richard graduated from Ravensbourne University with a degree in Content Development Production, focusing on television and new media development. He had a number of opportunities after graduating but taking […]

The Case For Diversity in the Publishing Sector

A recent report showed that just 7% of those working in publishing are from non-white backgrounds, though over 40% of Londoners are. And even worse – it showed that just 4% of editorial staff were from a BME background. But the question about how the publishing industry is able to reflect society at large, when […]

A taste of ethical journalism: What it’s like to work for the Editorial team at Comic Relief

In this blog piece, our Comic Relief intern Martha Salhotra talks about her experiences with the charity and how she discovered the true meaning of ethical journalism.  Working in the charity sector is something I had never considered – but that was until I saw a role advertised by Creative Access to work in the […]

So you want to work in publishing? : Intern’s story – Hannah Abrahaley at Critical Publishing

In this blog piece, Hannah Abrahaley shares her experience as a Creative Access intern and talks about how took her first steps into the book publishing sector. Hannah is currently interning at Critical Publishing.  Hi everyone! I’m Hannah. I have a 2:1 in English Literature from a respectable university, a full and diverse list of […]

Intern story: Emad Ahmed – My unusual journey into journalism

It is a common misconception to think that in order to land a job in the media, you need to have either had a strong media background or studied a similar subject at university. Of course this is not the case. In actual fact, employers are looking for candidates from a wide range of academic […]

How to ace a TV job interview

Congratulations! You’ve finally managed to do what everyone said was impossible and bag yourself a coveted interview spot with the TV production company of your dreams. After spending an hour elatedly dancing around your bedroom in your PJs, it suddenly dawns on you that although you’ve spent what has felt like a lifetime dreaming about […]

Creative Access speak at the Westminster Media Forum

We thought you might want to read this amazing speech that the Creative Access Head of Business, Nigel Warner gave today (Tuesday 19th January) at the Westminster Media Forum event. Enjoy… Another all-white shortlist at the Oscars. Another speech by a prominent black actor in the House of Commons “The Britain I come from is […]

Top Tips for working in a Literary Agency

We are always pleased to be able to share our interns experiences and this blog is no exception. Isha was an intern at Literary Agency Furniss Lawton between September 2014 and August 2015. She is now working their permanently. Here are Isha’s Top Tips for anyone applying to work or intern with a literary agency: […]

Creative Access’s Highlights of 2015

2015 has truly been a pivotal year for us here at Creative Access. Not only have we nearly doubled the amount of interns that we have placed by reaching a whopping 480, but we have also been privileged to have been joined by some of the creative industry’s most exciting new media partners. This year we […]

Frankfurt Book Fair 2015

One of the more unique elements of the book publishing sector is the importance of the various Book Fairs that take place around the world. The biggest, and most important, of these is the Frankfurt Book Fair that takes place every October. This year our intern Nicole Gordon was lucky enough to be invited to […]

Creative Access blog – tips on using LinkedIn to get ahead

In the second guest blog post from Joshua Graff UK Country Manager & Senior Director, LinkedIn EMEA, Joshua talks about how you can use LinkedIn to get ahead in your career.  In my last Creative Access blog I talked about the need for better diversity in the creative industries – a move that isn’t just the […]

How to start a career in advertising

 In this blog piece, Creative Access alumnus, Olivia Crooks provides some useful tips on how to get your perfect role in advertising. Olivia interned at the advertising agency, BBH and now works at Grey London as an Account Executive. How did I get my dream job?? Ermmmm… Okay, well first thing is first, trying to […]

My journey as a journalism intern: Khaleda Rahman

Creative industries are notoriously difficult to break into – and journalism is no exception.  When I finished my History of Art degree at UCL a few years ago and decided I actually wanted to be a reporter, I had no clue how to go about pursuing my dream career. Then, after completing my post-graduate journalism […]

Why diversity is important in business

In this special guest blog piece, LinkedIn’s UK Country Manager & Senior Director Josh Graff, talks about the importance of diversity in business. We all know that diversity is a vital ingredient for long-term business success. The evidence is compelling. Companies ranked in the top quartile by board diversity are 53% more profitable than those in the bottom […]

Intern Review: Names Not Numbers Conference

In this blog piece Creative Access intern Dean Webster reviews the Names Not Number conference. When I was offered the opportunity to attend the Names Not Numbers conference, I was curious about what the conference would be like and what it had to offer. The website said the three day event would cover a wide […]

My advice to TV interns: Harman at BriteSpark Films

Describing a ‘typical’ work day at BriteSpark Films is more difficult than you’d think, because each is slightly different to the one before.  And I’m not just saying that.  I was at BriteSpark for a year and am now in my second TV Researcher / Production Assistant role at a company called WAG TV, and […]

Intern review: Names Not Number Conference

 Sonali is currently interning at The Society of Authors. Waking up bright and early on Sunday morning, I was really excited to attend this year’s Names Not Number conference. The broad theme for this year was sustainability and it was held at Waddesdon Manor in the Vale of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire and Mansfield College, Oxford. […]

My Journey as a Creative Access Intern: Juliana at the National Theatre

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 […]

A day in the life of a publishing intern

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an intern at a book publishers? In this blog piece, our current Creative Access intern Kwaku talks about his internship at Canongate Books. I found Creative Access quite by accident two years ago. Deep in the throes of a post-graduation funk of life’s greatest […]

A day in the life of an Office Runner at Lime Pictures

Ever wondered what it would be like to intern as a runner at a big production company? In this blog piece our intern Abby takes us through her day-to-day activities as an Office Runner at Lime Pictures. So, firstly I should start by saying a little bit about where I am and how I got […]

Backstage at Hay Festival with Creative Access Intern Ashley-Francis Roy

Creative Access intern Ashley-Francis Roy recently attended Hay Festival in Wales. In this blog piece, Ashley gives us a full round-up of his experience. Ashley is currently interning at BBC Arts.  Hay Festival is an arts and literature festival held annually in Wales. Some of the best known figures in the arts speak and perform there […]

The Art of Polite Communication – First impressions DO count

In this guest blog piece, Music Gateway’s Dan Armstrong writes about the importance of communication in today’s technology obsessed society. When working in and around the Creative Industries, it is often easy to focus on the product and its creation, rather than the placement. In our modern society, where everything is intrinsically associated to some sort of […]

Top tips for aspiring journalists

In this blog piece, Creative Access intern Folarin Sagaya provides some valuable tips for aspiring journalists. Folarin is currently interning  at the BBC. I’m not going to pretend like I have all the answers on what it takes to have a career in journalism. Frankly, I’m still figuring it out myself. What I can do […]

A day at the London Book Fair – Saba Ahmed intern at Jo Unwin Literary Agency

On entering the sunlit building of Olympia, London Book Fair 2015 is abuzz. You have to navigate your way through the constant chatter of different languages and bespectacled figures toting cloth bags supporting various independent book shops, to appreciate the incredible diversity of publishers, booksellers, foreign rights agents, scouts and booklovers touting the books they […]

Max Park, our Creative Access intern at Film Four, reports on the Huffington Post’s Future of Work Conference

You know you’re in for something special when the President and Editor-in-Chief of a Pulitzer-Prize winning blog and one of the most influential women in the world walks in to the room. Arianna Huffington instantly lit up the foyer of Lancaster House last Thursday, as co-host of the Future of Work conference, which marked the […]

Former Creative Access intern Dominic Grant talks about working on new film Kingsman: The Secret Service

Here at Creative Access, we aim to ensure that all of our interns achieve their potential during their placements. Through our monthly masterclasses and mentoring sessions, we take pride in the knowledge that our interns are equipped with the vital skills needed to succeed in the industry. Alumni, Dominic Grant has been no exception. Dominic […]

Confidence Tips from the Development Producer at BBC Factual, Harshad Mistry

In this piece, BBC Factual’s Development Producer, Harshad Mistry, shares some important but simple tips on how to give your confidence a boost. “How do you increase your confidence?” I think confidence is the big decider in a lot of things and even though many have the ability we lack the confidence to step up. […]

Creative Access’s Highlights of 2014

2014 has been a phenomenal year for us. We have placed 260 interns across a wide range of creative industry sectors, been awarded Government funding and run a series of successful masterclasses along with our media partners. So, with 2015 just around the corner, Creative Access’s Chief Executive Josie Dobrin takes a look back at […]

4 Tips to stay productive during the Christmas Holidays

Now that the Christmas holidays are in full swing, you may be using your time off to reflect and make big career plans for the New Year, especially if you’re looking to break into the creative industries. If the only thing on your Christmas wish list is the perfect internship, then you need to be […]

Essential CV Writing Tips

It is a well known fact that the creative sector is one of the most competitive places to secure a job. Therefore, it is always crucial to ensure that you are presenting your credentials in the most exciting and enticing way possible. Your CV provides the all important first impression to employers. To make sure […]

What I’ve learned as a publishing intern – Yassine Belkacemi

I’m currently looking at the notes I made on the first day of my internship in the Publicity department of John Murray Press. There is a list of tasks that include scanning press cuttings, managing databases, drafting press releases, handling invoices and updating the website. Eight months later, these duties are a matter of routine […]