STARTING YOUR FILM AND TV PRODUCTION CAREER

Our next Film and TV production diploma starts this October! We caught up with two of our current students Erin and Simon, to find out abit more about their story and what led them to joining the course:

Erin Rivers

Erin, 17 has always been determined to pursue a career in the media through her love of creating content for her Youtube channel. Having seen the YAFTA building on many trips down Kirkstall Road, Erin one day Googled the Academy and discovered the Film and TV Production course…What has been your education/career path to date?
I’m currently studying A-levels in Media and drama. I’ve not been necessarily focused on going to university, I’ve been more focused on gaining practical industry experience.

What made you want to pursue a career in film and TV production?

I’ve been making Youtube content since I was 12 years old and honestly have never really considered anything else. I love all aspects of the film and TV industry from the production perspective and also being in front of the camera. My idol is Ricky Gervais because he writes, produces, directs and stars in his productions.

What are your plans for the future?

After my YAFTA course finishes, I am undertaking a week’s work experience with Lime Productions in Liverpool and after that I hope to get an industry internship until I complete my A-levels.

What’s the biggest take-away from the course so far?

It’s not about just learning the technical and creative skills. It is so important to make good relationships with people. Be nice, friendly, helpful. When you’re working on a set you are part of a team and you need to be someone who others know they can rely on to do a good job

What would you say to someone who is looking at a career in film and tv production?

If you really have a passion for it, then undertaking a course like YAFTA’s I think is a must. Getting stuck in, creating your own content, learning from industry pros and being with like minded people really helps spur you on to follow your dream. It is the best first step you can take.

Do you think being in the north is an advantage/disadvantage?

Before I found YAFTA there was only one other course I found which was a week’s long event in London which I knew was not going to give me the level of experience and training I needed. I think having quality courses, and with more content being produced in the north there will be more opportunities going forward. Simon has long harboured a dream to become a film maker but through lack of confidence and not seeing a clear path into the industry instead pursued a career in finance. Nearly 15 years later, Simon, 36 is realising his dream having discovered YAFTA’s Film and TV Production Diploma.

What drew your attention to the course?

I was conscious I didn’t have any experience at all in the industry, only a passion and desire to give it a go. I really liked the fact that YAFTA focused on that and the course is about helping you get that experience and it is open to anyone, from any background.

Who is your inspiration?

Christopher Nolan is my idol. To be able to call myself a film maker like him is really a dream come true and YAFTA has made it an achievable goal to reach his heights.

What’s the biggest take-away from the course so far?

Have the confidence to go for it. If you have the tenacity, commitment and a little bit of luck thrown in, you can do it, I really believe that now.

What would you say to someone who is looking at a career in film and tv production?

I think it doesn’t matter what stage of life you’re at, with a part time course like YAFTA’s you can still do it – you can still pursue a career in film and TV and it will work around your existing commitments. Go for it!

Do you think being in the north is an advantage/disadvantage?

Being in the north still does have its challenges but there is growing opportunities and we just need to make sure that as a region we can take advantage of them with a really strong skilled and creative sector.

What do you think it means to the industry and northern talent with the likes of Channel 4 moving here?

It’s a really exciting time. There’s a pool of potentially untapped talent that is now going to get an opportunity to shine.

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