Creative Access host Creative Industries Showcase at Faber Academy November 2016
Last night, over 70 people gathered at the Faber Academy in Holborn for our second Creative Industries Showcase of the year. The evening was attended by BAME students and graduates who are all aspiring to have a career in the creative industries. We were thrilled to be joined by an experienced panel of industry speakers from theatre, TV, journalism and marketing. The speakers gave an insight into their journeys into their chosen careers and offered some advice on how to launch and sustain a career in the creative industries.
Introducing the evening was Big Talk Production’s Head of Comedy, Saurabh Kakkar. He emphasised the importance of not being afraid to propose ideas, collaborate with a team and accept criticism in order to heighten each other. He said, “I don’t know of any other industry where you can take a small idea and turn it into something big.”
“If you have talent, perseverance and ideas, you can take it to someone and have it on air, in print or on radio in a heartbeat”.
Saurabh Kakkar, Head of Comedy Development, Big Talk Productions
Our second talk came from former intern and now PA to The National Theatre Executive Director, San Malhi. San praised the work of Creative Access, claiming that she wouldn’t have secured her current role without her internship. She gave some valuable advice on internship/job applications saying,
“In your applications, let the employer know that you’re a worker ready to work, rather than a student just looking for a job.”
San Malhi, PA to Executive Director, National Theatre
Our third talk came from Rania Robinson, Managing Director of Quiet Storm advertising agency. Rania spoke of her upbringing, expressing that she had grown up without any relatable role models in the creative industries.
“Marketing and advertising unfortunately are the worst advocates for diversity in the creative industries.”
Rania Robinson, Managing Director, Quiet Storm
It wasn’t until she was older and independent the she began to channel her creativity. From starting with the basics and working her way up in the industry she said, “I’ve learned that there’s a role for every personality and skill set in the marketing industry.”
We were joined by another former Creative Access intern Clarissa Pabi. Since completing her publishing internship at Penguin Random House in 2013, Clarissa has rapidly progressed to Senior Marketing Executive at Ebury Publishing. She too, praised Creative Access:
“Networking events like Creative Access masterclasses gave me a unique sense of expertise and helped to shape my career.”
Clarissa Pabi, Senior Marketing Executive, Ebury Publishing
She continued by emphasising the importance of networking, not only with industry experts but also with your peers, as they too can have a positive impact on your personal learning and development.
Our final speaker was Creative Access Chair and The Times feature writer Sathnam Sanghera. Sathnam spoke of his childhood and how growing up as an Asian male, his career expectations did not involve anything creative. He found his passion for creativity through his education and gave some advice on sustaining a career in the media industry.
“The media industry thrives on courage and diversity. There are three skills you need for a media career, to be able to write, speak and create videos – multimedia is key.”
Sathnam Sanghera, Features Writer, The Times
The evening finished with a fantastic networking session where attendees were able to speak with the Creative Access team, interns, alumni and our inspirational speakers
A huge thanks to the Faber Academy for hosting the evening and to our wonderful panel of speakers who made the night truly special:
Saurabh Kakkar, Head of Comedy Development, Big Talk Productions (you can watch his talk here)
San Malhi, PA to the Executive Director, The National Theatre
Rania Robinson, Managing Director, Quiet Storm (you can watch her talk here)
Clarissa Pabi, Senior Marketing Executive, Ebury Publishing, Penguin Random House
Sathnam Sanghera, Features Writer, The Times (you can watch his talk here)