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Creative Access’s Creative Industries Showcase was a huge success

Last night, we were delighted to host our seventh Creative Industries Showcase. The evening was attended by over 100 BAME students and graduates who are looking to pursue a career in the creative industries. We were honoured to be joined by an experienced panel of industry speakers representing a the theatre, TV, film, journalism, advertising and book publishing sectors. Our speakers were on hand to offer words of wisdom and advice on the best way to launch a career in the creative industries.

Introducing the evening was the Group Chairman and Group Chief Executive of AMV BBDO, Cilla Snowball CBE. AMV BBDO were kindly hosting the evening for us. She kicked off the event by discussing some of AMV BBDO’s high profile campaigns. She also talked about the lengths the advertising sector has made to increase diversity, she said “we are always trying to make progress when it comes to diversity but there is still some way to go.”

Big Talk Productions’s Head of Comedy, Saurabh Kakkar was next up. He emphasised the importance of diversity in the TV sector and explained that it is the industry’s responsibility to ensure that they are representing the values and cultures of their audiences. Saurabh said “Unless you incorporate every single culture in your country, you will stagnate.”

Our third talk came from Talawa Theatre Company’s Mimi Findlay. She addressed the issue of young UK talent who feel that they need to go oversees to get the roles of their dreams. Mimi said “If you were born here or grew up here, it is our responsibility in the creative world to make sure that we create enough opportunities for you in the UK and nurture your talent so that you will not need to go to the US.”

The Rye Social founder Genevieve Ampaduh was the next on hand to deliver her advice to our candidates. She talked about how she started her career in social media and stressed the importance of being willing to learn when you are first starting out. Genevieve said “Enthusiasm is the key to succeeding in this industry. You need to show that you are willing to do anything.”

Creative Access Chair and Features Writer at The Times, Sathnam Sanghera who talked about his experiences in journalism. He reiterated the importance of hard work and encouraged our candidates to make their own opportunities. Sathnam said “the best thing about the media is that you are only judged on the last job you worked on and your ideas.”

KEO Films’s Matt Cole was the penultimate speaker. He told the candidates that there has never been a better time to join the creative industries and assured them all that they do not necessarily have to consider themselves as creatives if they want to succeed in sector. Matt said “some of the most creative people I know are people who wouldn’t consider themselves to be “creatives”. ”

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Finally, Creative Access alumni Sonia Razvi closed the evening by offering the candidates her first hand experiences of life as a Creative Access intern. After completing her internship at HarperCollins, Sonia was offered a permanent position as the Digital and Marketing Executive of the Children’s Division. Sonia said “If it wasn’t for Creative Access, I would not be where I am today. My advice to you all is simple, if you want to go far, you need to be willing to go above and beyond what is required of you.”

The evening finished with a fantastic networking session where attendees were able to chat to our speakers, the Creative Access team and a host of Creative Access interns and alumni.

A massive thanks to our wonderful panel of speakers who made the event so special:

Cilla Snowball CBE, Group Chairman & Group Chief Executive, AMV BBDO

Saurabh Kakkar, Head of Comedy, Big Talk

Mimi Findlay, Administrator, Talawa Theatre Company

Genevieve Ampaduh, Founder, The Rye Social

Sathnam Sanghera, Features Writer, The Times

Sonia Razvi, Digital and Marketing Executive, Children’s Division, HarperCollins Publishers

Matt Cole, Head of KEO West, KEO Films