Have a Virtual Coffee with…
This scheme is designed to connect 18-25 year olds interested in, or starting out in, the corporate film and events sectors, with professionals in the industry. We’ll pair you up for a virtual coffee in which you can ask for advice, get eyes on your CV and get support for next steps.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with Amelia on firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is it?
We have gathered together a list of filmmakers and event professionals (scroll down to meet them!) from within our membership who have agreed to offer their time to have a virtual coffee via zoom or a phone call with our Next Gen Members. Conversations should last around half an hour.
All of our Next Gen Members can make the most of this chance to speak to industry professionals and ask questions. Please make sure you’ve signed up to become a Next Gen member before filling in this form.
Ground Rules for Next Gen Members:
- Do not ask for a job! Any connection could lead to something, but the purpose of these conversations is to support and offer advice, and to help build your network. Asking for a job in a space where it is not appropriate can come across badly.
- Come ready with some questions. Write down at least five questions you’d love the answer to, so you’re able to make the most of the conversation.
- Have a notebook and pen to hand and take notes. Or, if you’re using zoom ask if you can record the session. You could even take a voice memo of your phone call.
- Be punctual for your conversation, and stay engaged.
How it works:
- Fill in the following form with your details, a little about your experience to date, and your areas of interest. It should only take a couple of minutes!
- Once you have submitted your form, we will be in touch.
- We will connect you and your coffee companion together on email, where you can arrange the conversation for a time that suits both of you.
Are you an industry professional interested in supporting young people?
Then you can sign up for the scheme via the following form.
Expectations for industry professionals:
- Commit to having four virtual coffees with young people interested in, or starting out in, the industry, over the course of a year
- Conversations should last around half an hour and can take place virtually or on the phone
- Be ready to answer their questions!
Meet the professionals
I work for the British Forces Broadcasting Service where I run their media training arm, their creative agency, and their social media team. I’m a juror for the Royal Television Society and a published author on digital content. Before BFBS I worked for Bloomberg Television.
More importantly I have made every mistake you can think of. I also remember being intimidated by the creative industries and desperately wished someone would give me a plan to follow! If you want to do creative work but struggle with doubt, imposter syndrome, or knowing how to get started, let’s speak.
Claire is currently Executive Director of EVCOM and has worked for much of her career in and around events of different kinds. She has headed up departments running conferences, awards, training programmes and launches but as with everyone, you have to start somewhere. From my first B2B conference for a room full of financial experts (terrifying) to awards ceremonies for 1,200 people (also terrifying) I have now reached the stage where I’m pretty sure there is a solution for every event problem! I didn’t start off in this field so if you want to discuss being confused about choices, where to start, fear of making the wrong decision, what skills/personal attributes you might need, I might be able to help or at least give you a steer in the right direction.
With a 25-year career in production, Jules initially worked in broadcasting, finding her niche as a shooting P/D on the long-running BBC1 daytime series City Hospital. From there she transitioned to producing and directing films for the NHS and various government departments, sparking a passion for delivering impactful messages to the right audience. She took this understanding to the national charity RNIB where she headed up film production for over 5 years before moving into leadership roles with creative agencies. Now working independently, she specialises in crafting strong content for clients, including agencies and brands, with a focus on responsible business issues. As a BACP registered integrative counsellor and coach (with an interest in neurodiversity) she also brings a unique perspective to workplace dynamics.
Karen is co-founder and COO of Verity London. Together with Debra, she leads the Verity team in its mission to help as many businesses as possible to be responsible.
A seasoned comms expert, Karen heads up the operations at Verity London, as well as inputting into strategy and editorial around creative campaigns and content. She set up Verity London alongside Debra Sobel in 2006. A trained journalist, starting her career on the prestigious BBC News training scheme, she rose to become a prime-time television Series Producer at the BBC, heading up series such as Watchdog, Crimewatch UK and a range of home and gardening shows, including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.