I Don’t Have An Uncle At Channel 4…So Is A Creative Career Out Of The Question?

It’s the question that you may have asked yourself before, especially after repeatedly hearing ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.’ It’s also the name of Pitch It’s upcoming discussion at Hackney Downs Studios to explore alternative ways of getting into the creative industry.

Pitch It is an organisation that supports talented young people who are trying to get into creative careers. The group aims to highlight a growing problem within the industry, where students from less-privileged backgrounds struggle to access creative sectors, creating polarised communities within the industry. Pitch It want to let students know that they do have opportunities that should not be limited by their background, and offers one to one mentoring projects and work experience.

Their latest discussion aims to get people thinking about equal access to creative careers. On the panel will be Alec Dudson – editor of Intern magazine, Des Burkinshaw – founder of magnificent! TV and former producer for BBC, ITV and Channel 4, Stephanie McLaren-Neckles – co-founder of creative agency Let’s Be Brief and also a young member of the Pitch It mentoring project.  The dynamic group will lead the debate that looks set to be a lively and thought-provoking night. Audience members will have the chance to meet the team behind the project, and the opportunity to talk to young members of the scheme.

Happy hour cocktails will be available whilst resident DJ’s, DJ Flexmaster Nylon & T-Sex, will be playing til late. Head on down if you want to join in the debate or even if it’s just to enjoy a cocktail whilst you watch the discussion unfold.

The talk begins at 6pm on August 15th at The Russet.

Words: Kayla Joleen

Illustration: Philip Dennis