Behind the Lens
Our seventh programme runs from February to May 2020
Meet a Mentor is delivered in partnership and with the support of Create Jobs and ScreenSkills.
The Meet a Mentor format
Session 1 - Wednesday 12th February 2020
Session 2 - Wednesday 11th March 2020
Session 3 - Wednesday 15th April 2020
Session 4 - Wednesday 13th May 2020
The Meet a Mentor programme takes place over four months. Through a structured series of workshops, sessions and meetings, mentors offer mentees support, encouragement and advice on how to get that bit closer to their chosen career path. Mentees offer mentors a chance to work with a younger generation of creatives, impart valuable wisdom and learnings and holistically understand what the new generations bring and the challenges they face when entering the creative industries in this day and age.
Each evening’s structured sessions comprise time for the mentor and mentee to spend together working on the mentee’s goals, a group task led by a creative professional that all take part in, and end with a short TED-type talk from an inspirational speaker.
Meet a Mentor 7: Behind the Lens is out first industry-specific programme, focusing on the film, television, photography and visual media industry. Mentors and mentees have been carefully selected based on their interest in film.
Alex Emmanuel, Documentary Director & Producer
Annabel Hornsby, Marketing Manager
Annie Ayres, Head of Music & Social
Bella Okuya, Foundation Manager
David Smyth, Commissioner for Entertainment
Diederick Santer, Script Editor & Producer
Greg Carter, Social Creative
Ibrahim Kamara, Digital Entrepreneur
James Garside, Multidisciplinary Art Director
Kiran Gill, PR & Cultural Comms Consultant
Kran Kuller, Head of People
Laurie Cook, Producer & Head of Development
Lucy Luscombe, Writer, Director, Creative
Meji Alabi, Director and Photographer
Myles Whittingham, Director
Romilly Martin, Brand Director & Creative Specialist
Sam Aminzadeh, Designer & Filmmaker
Sam Anthony, Creative Director & Executive Producer
Sam Orams, Producer & Creative Director
Shail Mehta, Interactive Producer
Steven Russell, Photography Retoucher
Steve Carrigan, Communications Professional
Stuart Pring, Television Lighting Director
Taro Shimada, Director & Strategic Insights Specialist
Will Knight, Art Director & Creative
Will Selden, Photographer
Yemi Bamiro, Documentary Director
Wednesday 12th February 2020
Photo taken by Eric Aydin-Barberini
We launched Meet a Mentor 7: Behind the Lens in Karmarama with our largest cohort to date. 25 film, television and photography industry-expert mentors were matched with 25 brilliant mentees and budding filmmakers and photographers. They spent an hour setting agendas and goals for the next four months and getting to know each other. The cohort then broke out of their pairings and networked in smaller groups and the evening ended with a talk by Dan Emmerson.
Wednesday 11th March 2020
Meet a Mentor's second session took us to A New Direction's offices. The second session gave mentors and mentees an opportunity for a much needed catch up as they spent the time discussing targets, celebrating new jobs and refining goals. We moved into a fascinating talk by filmmaker, Joshua Osbourne on working as a freelance filmmaker and making films that matter. His eye-opening documentary, On a Knife Edge can be viewed here.
If you're interested in mentoring or being mentored, need a career-related motivational pep talk, thinking about taking part in the next programme and are curious about what we get up to, check out the below:
Photos: Emilie Dubois
Logo: Lucy Carasco
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