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4talent event: done!

17 Sep

The 4talent event at Zion Arts Centre in Manchester today was a huge success! Mark Ashmore and myself were manning the Future Artists stall at the recruitment fair in the afternoon, despite not having any jobs to offer! We met some great people from all over the country, from as far away as Edinburgh and Kent!

They were all very enthusiastic and seemed pleasantly surprised to chat to people who weren’t trying to convince them to get a job with a big media organisation (which most of the other stands were). It was great to show them what they could achieve if they do things on their own terms; a lot of them thought it was a great concept because they want to work in media but not in a job where they’re not in full control of what they’re making. There are clearly a lot of people out there with great ideas who just don’t know what to do with them and automatically go down the traditional career path because it’s all they’re taught at college and university because they simply don’t know that alternatives exist. We were greeted with a lot of shocked expressions when they said they wish something like Future Artists was happening in their area and we just told them to start their own! But that’s just what Future Artists is and I think we gave a few people a lot to think about, so it was mission accomplished!

He’ll hate me for posting this, but here’s the only photo I got from the day (note to self: must start taking more photos!) which shows Mark doing his thing and looking like he’s about to start a fight with someone!

Doesn’t he look chuffed? Don’t worry, he wasn’t speaking to anyone objectionable, he’d just spotted me trying to get a cheeky snap and I think I put him off a bit!

So overall it was a great success! Colin Campbell-Austin (@Colin4Talent) even tweeted a picture of us once we’d got ourselves set up! Very exciting! Check it out here:

Roll on November 12th, the next big Future Artists event at The Black Lion pub in Salford, which is now Future Artists HQ! We’re doing a workshop to show off Shot Number Three, more sleepless nights abound!



The Spectacular Shots Club


Future Artists @ 4talent event in Manchester, September 17th 2011

14 Sep

We are proud to announce that we will teaming up with Mark Ashmore to promote Future Artists at a 4talent event this Saturday (September 17th 2011) in Manchester! Here’s the lowdown, courtesy of the Future Artists website:

On Saturday 17th September 2011, 4Talent will be holding open days in Manchester for 14- 25 year olds interested in a career in the Media and taking part in one of the following schemes:

Work Experience:
 Offering 1 – 2 week placements for 14- 25 year olds within Channel 4 Television and some of our Independent partners. We have placements throughout 2011.

Inspiration Week North: For 14- 19 year olds; Inspiration Week North will be touring the cities of Sheffield, Liverpool, Bradford & York from 24th – 27th October 2011. Each day will offer a variety of workshops and master classes from producing/directing, Acting & Presenting, New Media and more.

Where is the open day being held?

The Open Day will be held at The Zion Arts centre in Manchester?

Zion Arts Centre,
335 Stretford Road,
M15 5ZA

What happens on the day?

The day will be spilt into two sessions:

9am – 1pm: 14- 19 year olds
During the day you will have the opportunity to take part in taster sessions with industry professionals for Inspiration Week North.

You will have a choice of the following Sessions:

Sessions are subject to change.

You will also attend a Keynote speech about “How to generate a positive digital footprint” from NoTosh.

1pm – 5pm: 20 -25 year olds: 
You will also attend a Keynote speech about “How to generate a positive digital footprint” from No Tosh.

After this you will be able to attend a careers fair with independent companies and industry professionals. Below is an example of some of the people attending:

  • Channel 4 Television
  • DNA Performance
  • Conker Media

What happens after?

After attending an open day, you will be able to apply for the scheme of your choice through our online recruitment site. A link will be emailed to you.

The Open Days are the gateway events you must attend if you want to take part in the following 4Talent Schemes:

You can not apply for work experience or Inspiration week North without attendance to one of the open days.

How Do I apply?

To apply for our 4Talent Open Day Manchester please click on the below links:

  • 14-19 years old: click here
  • 20-25 years old: click here

If you have any questions, please contact

It’s going to be a great opportunity for us to meet some of the up-and-coming talent in the area and show them what they could be getting up to if they get involved with the Future Artists Live Co-Operative! We hope everyone who’s attending has a great day and look forward to potentially recruiting some new members!



The Spectacular Shots Club