It’s snowy down South, but it’s sunny in Glasgow…
Today we were thrilled to hold our first ever Scottish Creative Industry Showcase in the Chapel on the beautiful old campus at the University of Glasgow.
The event was attended by students from around the City including the Glasgow School of Art, City of Glasgow College and Glasgow Caledonian University. We had a phenomenal panel of three former Creative Access interns, all working in Glasgow.
First up was Rachel D’Arcy, who spoke of her journey to her current role as Digital and Communications Manager at the National Theatre of Scotland via Kings and Theatre Royal Glasgow, touring theatre Paines Plough based in London, Cornershop PR and Citizens Theatre! She said “there was a three-month period when I didn’t have a job and it was really scary.” She advised those looking for roles, saying:
“Twitter is a great place to find roles. Keep your eyes open for when opportunities arise.”
Next to the stage was Zindzi Drayton, former PR intern at award-winning agency Freuds and now Researcher at BBC Three. She spoke about the life of a PR claiming it was a really eye-opening experience, being the middle man between the public and the brand. She was honest about her shortcomings but stressed how important it was to be able to do everything, including research, edit, use Photoshop, film and drive. She said:
“I wasn’t technical so I would practice things after work via YouTube tutorials. If you lack a skill, start working on it as soon as you can. You’ll find people are always willing to help you out.”
The final speaker was Belfast University graduate Priya Biring,who started out back in 2013 as an intern with TV production company, Keo Films. She said:
“Creative Access scooped me up after I graduated. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”
Priya spoke of her career highlights which include travelling to Bangladesh, India and all over the USA. She originally came to Scotland to work on a programme about children in poverty and is now a Story Producer in the Arts and Factual Department at BBC Scotland working on a three-part production on Indian folk music called “Rhythm of India”. Her challenge is to get the contributors to participate in an interesting and original way. She also spoke about the challenges facing the television industry and how ‘white and middle-class’ it is, especially in Scotland.
Priya claims that the best skill she has is “being able to talk to anyone about anything” and offered this advice:
“Make whatever you want to make. Don’t wait for others to do so. If you’re passionate about a project, this will shine through.”
The morning continued with a lively Q & A and finished off with some tea and networking. Scotland we’ll be back..
With massive thanks to our brilliant panellists and to Hannah Frank Art and Creative Scotland for funding the event.