As someone who loves media, I always imagined that one day I would work for a major media organisation. I hardly considered other options. It was only recently that I thought about getting involved with youth media and possibly creating my own platform in the future.
Last Wednesday (6th August), the Youth Media Agency held their second Youth Media Summit at the BFI with 450 delegates representing more than 150 youth media platforms and 40 mainstream media.
I was a volunteer at the Summit, which was very hectic but heaps of fun too and I would happily do it all again. Spoken word artist Samuel King opened the event with his brilliant poem ‘Fatherless Britain’, which was a great way to kick things off. The day was incredibly inspiring and delegates were treated to music and spoken word performances, as well as masterclasses and talks which were delivered by a range of youth and mainstream media. Networking and collaboration were strongly encouraged throughout the event, as these were amongst the aims of the summit. It was a pleasure to meet so many young people like myself who are interested in media.
I particularly enjoyed the ‘Careers in Media’ discussion, where three women from the BBC, Channel 4 and Creative Skillset shared their tips on how to make it in this competitive industry. Something that was stressed a lot during the talk was the importance of having a genuine passion for something and being proactive. It’s not enough to say “I want to be a [insert dream media job here],” you need to show that you’re passionate and produce your own work. Another tip from the panel: remember to actually share your work so people can see it. Don’t be shy!
It was great to be involved with the Youth Media Summit because the event showed me how important youth media really is and why it is vital for young people to create their own opportunities and showcase their creativity. If you’re someone who dreams of a career in media, start doing whatever it is you want to do now. Talk to like-minded people and share ideas, and never forget the value of collaboration.
Check out the tweets from the summit here.