This time last week, the Talent Schemes team were preparing for doors to open at the RTS Futures Entry-Level Careers Fair, supported by Creative Skillset and the Talent Schemes. The sold-out event returned for its third edition as a super-sized all-day extravaganza at the Business Design Centre in Angel.
900 TV hopefuls had the opportunity to meet (and hopefully impress) representatives from more than 30 broadcasters, indies and industry bodies, as well as finding out more about The Network , our entry level scheme.
Seeing the magician Dynamo, the Iron Throne, VR headsets and costumes from Sherlock were amongst the other treats in store for attendees, as well as the chance to have their CVs critiqued by expert talent managers. Panels and masterclasses ran throughout the day, including a panel produced and chaired by Talent Schemes Producer, Holly Close, on the nebulous art of “How to Have Ideas”.
Alumni Sohail Shah (Assistant Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, BBC) and Carolina Sciama, (Development Assistant Producer, The Garden Productions) joined Pointless creator and Co-Founder of youngest Media David Flynn on the panel, which covered all thing ideas-related. Whether getting inspiration from taxi drivers, adverts or live comedy, the panel all agreed that having lots of ideas and writing them down was key to the start of a strong career in development, and whilst anyone can have ideas, you need to find new and different ways to make yours unique.
For the Talent Schemes team, it was a fantastic opportunity to reach hundreds of potential Network applicants, not just from London, but from universities around the country, with visitors coming from Nottingham, Cardiff, Sunderland and Edinburgh. As one of the headline sponsors, the Talent Schemes were also pleased to bring 50 alumni to the Fair, to make the most of the networking skills they learnt up in Edinburgh, and make new connections to help them get their foot in the door. One Networker met an indie’s head of talent at the Fair, and was asked in for an interview the next day, whilst 2015 alumna Emma Obichukwu appeared as part of a panel on getting into TV and staying in the industry.
You can catch up on the highlights of the day, including photos and videos on the RTS Futures Facebook page.