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Written by Jack Hopkins on 19th October 2017

It can be hard getting your first break in the entertainment industry. But, with the industry thriving, there are more opportunities than ever before.  In this week’s blog we’re going to explore the state of the entertainment recruitment playing field and how it’s adapting.

There have been significant strides to provide more chances for young creatives to flourish in 2017. Young directors like Michael Pearce, Rungano Nyoni and Francis Lee were all given opportunities to showcase their outstanding work at the BFI Film Festival. The same can be said about women in the theatrical sphere, growing and improving their status as leaders of some of the most successful theatres in the UK and Ireland.

But, there is still a major problem with the amount of women being employed in key roles within the entertainment industry.  Personified by the fact that Kathryn Bigelow was the first female to win a Bafta for Best Director…in 2010! Paul Greengrass, director of The Bourne Supremacy and Greenzone, has been speaking at the BFI Film Festival. He mentions that ‘diversity is a profound challenge and we have to do much better, including addressing our lack of women directors as a matter of urgency.’ Ellie Kendrick, who has recently starred in Game of Thrones, is an ambassador for Creative England’s Shortflix Scheme. They are also striving to give opportunities to underrepresented youngsters who are struggling for their first chance in the industry.   

There has also been a shift in industrial recruitment processes. The BBC, for example, announced in September that they will remove educational information from applications and purely focus on experience. This, they hope, will level the playing field and eradicate the elitist agenda that the BBC are occasionally labelled with. Although this somewhat undermines the importance of education, it does, like some of the above efforts, open the industry up to those that may not get that initial chance.

Things are improving, and the ever-changing entertainment industry means that there are always opportunities in a field we all love!

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