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Challenging and changing stereotypes

TV successes share their best advice for getting in and getting on in the industry

One of the hot topics under discussion at RTS Futures' Ultimate TV Careers Fair on 1 February, was whether it is now more about what you know than who you know? The panel was hosted by Ciaran Burke, Head of Hiive and we were fortunate to have five amazing talented people who were keen to share their experience of getting into TV. The passionate panelists oozed with top tips which left the audience captivated and wanting more. 

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Their top tips included:

  • always be yourself
  • find your unique voice, and 
  • always remember 'No' simply means Next Opportunity (courtesy of Emma Obichukwu!)

On their stand, Creative Skillset and Hiive attracted a round the clock queue of aspiring TV entrants seeking advice on training and access. 

The event was supported by TV Skills Fund.

Events like these are really needed for up and coming talented people who need a good outlet to get into the industry.”

It was truly inspiring for me to hear everyones journey and it's really motivated me to go 10 times harder in this industry.”

These were just some of the quotes from the young people who attended.

About our panelists 

Lyle Ashun

Lyle Ashun
Trainee researcher, BBC

Lyle went on a 13 week training programme with Mama Youth where he helped develop a Sky One magazine show called What’s Up TV.  Lyle then  joined the BBC and four weeks into his contract as a trainee researcher he was asked to stay on for a year. He then went on to help get the BBC Three documentary,  Bodyhack: Metal Gear Man commissioned which went on to win a Lovie award for Best Online Short Form Documentary.

Chansey White

Chansey White
Corporate Relations Apprentice, Channel Four 

This summer, Chansey was looking for alternatives to university as she was in her first year but not very happy. Chansey found a great opportunity through Channel Four which encompassed politics, communications and events. Chansey wants to stay in the industry after the apprenticeship whilst gaining additional qualifications.

Erica Procopis

Erica Procopis
Hair and Makeup Artist

Erica currently working as an Assistant on The Book of Mormon at The Prince of Wales Theatre in the West End. She started out by doing work experience on Downton Abbey, then went on as trainee for Victoria (season one) with Emmy winning Hair and Makeup Designer Nic Collins. Since then Erica's done the hair and makeup for politicians for TV appearances including then Prime Minister David Cameron, The Agenda with Tom Bradby on ITV, commercials and look books, daily work on upcoming series Harlots and Joan Collins’ film The Time of Their Lives, and theatre work on Motown the Musical and The Book of Mormon.

Kate Hollingsworth

Kate Hollingsworth

Kate has moved back to the UK from the West Indies where she was Head Producer at renowned advertising agency, McCann Erickson. Kate recently completed the London Production Co-ordinator Programme.


Kate Hollingsworth

Emma Obichukwu
Recruitment Coordinator, Jellyfish Pictures

Alumni of The Network talent scheme, self-taught video editor and Nando’s and Disney aficionado! Emma recently attended the London Production Coordinator Programme.



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