April 1st might be April fools day, however the message Creative Access put across about increasing diversity within the media sectors by hosing their 7th Creative Industries Showcase in Channel 4’s upmarket contemporary setting, was no laughing matter.
An estimated 150 black and ethnic minority graduates and final year students were in attendance, amongst 40 representatives from a range of leading UK media companies. The panel, compared by Magic FM’s Angie Greaves, each gave an overview of how they started in their sector and how they got to where they are today. Invaluable tips and advice were given to help the audience break into the industry.
There was an underlying reoccurring message from the panel; be tenacious, expect knock backs but if you have a story to tell use all the methods such as social media to tell it… And network!
“A setback is a set up for comeback” Angie Greaves reminded the audience.
- COMPERE: Angie Greaves – DJ at MagicFM
- Simon Buckby – Chief Executive, Champollion
- Robin Elias – Managing Editor, ITN News
- Titas Halder – Writer / Director, Theatre & Film
- Angela Jain – Director of Digital Channels & Acquisitions, ITV
- Paul Matuszczyk – Business Lead and Partner, BBH
- Manisha Matharu – Key Accounts Assistant at Little Brown Book Group & former Creative Access intern
- David Woode – Health Features Writer, The Sun
Creative Access is an organisation set up to offer opportunities to young people from under-represented black and ethnic minority backgrounds. For more information about Creative Access opportunities CLICK HERE
Photos by Kai Lutterodt