My story with Media Trust began when I joined the London360 scheme back in 2016. In six short months, with expert guidance and training from the Media Trust team, as well as a host of guest speakers, I learnt a huge amount of media skills. This included scriptwriting, shooting, editing and producing. As part of the programme, I was able to visit newsrooms, attend red-carpet events and so much more. Most importantly I had the opportunity to participate in creating, producing and promoting five episodes of the current affairs TV show London360, which was aired on the Community Channel and London Live.
From intern to documentary researcher
Thanks to the expert training I received, I was then skilled up enough to work as a documentary researcher for the next two years, before transitioning into the travel industry where I curated black history tours in Latin America.
My media training really came in handy in 2020 when I created the ‘Freedom Is Mine’ YouTube channel, where I began making videos about black history and black communities around the world, across Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. I used the same skills and processes that I’d learnt from London360 to produce my own videos. Within just one year I had over 3k subscribers and officially registered my platform as a business.
Building on my skills
Recently I made the decision to transition back into the screen industries and was offered the opportunity to join the Media Trust and ScreenSkills mentoring programme. During the six months, I was able to participate in top-quality workshops from industry experts as well as receiving one-to-one, bespoke mentoring from the renowned TV producer Donna Taberer, whom Media Trust paired me with.
Just one week after graduating from the Media Trust & ScreenSkills mentoring programme, I have found work in the TV industry as a junior researcher on the esteemed show ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, which I hope will be a fantastic stepping-stone and the beginning of an exciting career in factual TV and documentary making.