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Getting into the Creative Industries

 

To mark the first ever Creative Industries Day, we asked four professionals from across the sector to tell us about their experiences getting in to the sector, what inspires them on a day to day basis and any advice they have for people starting out in their career.

You can find out how the AHRC, with funding from the Industrial Strategy, are giving a boost to the creative industries in the UK through the Creative Industries Clusters Programme.

Rich Moss
Rich Moss

Rich Moss. Managing Director, Gorilla TV

How did you get into the sector?

I entered as a runner/junior and progressed. I became a freelance editor then got involved with my own businesses.

What inspires you in your work?

As an editor it was always about creating something, so I was inspired by the storytelling and visual look. Now through business I’m inspired by our changing industry – the blend of creativity and technology that never stands still.

What advice would you give for someone interested in following in your footsteps?

Never give up. Always put in more effort than everyone else. Be nice to people (they may be your next boss).

Nia Thomas
Nia Thomas

Nia Thomas, Managing Director, Boom Cymru

How did you get into the sector?

I’d always wanted to work in the media and as soon as I graduated from Uni, I applied for a job as a researcher at BBC Wales’s factual department. I got the job and started working on BBC’s Children in Need soon afterwards. It was the best experience that I could have possibly wished for at the time and a great introduction to the TV industry and its people. 

What inspires you in your work?

Working with the incredibly talented team at Boom as they generate great ideas and programmes and receiving positive feedback to our content. 

What advice would you give for someone interested in following in your footsteps?

Work hard but have fun doing it, be confident (but NEVER cocky), and remember that how something ends up never depends on how much you worry about it.

Oliver Platts
Oliver Platts

Oliver Platts, MD of Joshua Ellis & Co Ltd

How did you get into the sector?

After University I went to work as a trainee buyer at a department store in Scotland and when the time to move on came I had built good relationships with my suppliers and I moved to London to work as sales director for one of them, who was a large Scottish based textile manufacturing business. From there I moved back to Yorkshire, started a family – and the opportunity at Joshua Ellis was one not to be missed.

What inspires you in your work?

As MD of one of Britain’s oldest textile businesses I am very much a custodian of the company and I enjoy being part of something that has so much heritage and history. I am inspired by the skills and hard work of everyone on our mill floor and relish the opportunity to grow the business and see it evolve to meet the changing demands of the new retail environment.

What advice would you give for someone interested in following in your footsteps?

Life is selling and ensure you sell yourself as well as you sell your product. You never know where your next relationship or conversation will take you so make sure you are professional and courteous with everyone you meet.

Dr Sammar Javed KTP Associate- University of Huddersfield

How did you get into the sector?

During my PhD I was looking for part time work, and at the same time a friend of mine, Mrs Razak (Managing Director, Deluxe Beds Ltd) was trying to work out how to overcome her digital challenges. I started informally to utilize my IT and management skills to analyze the problem finding out some solution. Whilst finalising the write up of my PhD thesis, my supervisor, Professor David Bamford, who had multiple winning Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) from Innovate UK, provided mentoring for my future career. We collectively prepared a winning bid for Innovate UK for a KTP with University of Huddersfield and Deluxe Beds Ltd.

What inspires you in your work?

I have two key inspirations. Firstly, that there are vast opportunities out there to make improvements, and secondly I love working on people support and cooperation. Bringing change is never without resistance and when you are dealing with variety of individuals those challenges multiply. I am blessed to be surrounded with a community where people are learning swiftly in a culture of respect and care.

What advice would you give for someone interested in following in your footsteps?

We are in an environment where we have multiple opportunities from the programs of Innovate UK, Future Fashion Factory and the AHRC. We should appreciate it and remember that, where there is a will there is a way. Persistent effort is key. We need to continuously search for opportunities and not be discouraged by the negative impact of missed opportunities.

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