The young people featured in this section have studied creative courses at BCE. Here they reflect on how their experiences have helped them to shape their working lives and personal development.
Chantelle - IBM Project Manager
“I loved the interactive way that BCE taught lessons. I was studying Magazine Journalism and got to interview R&B signer Brandy. It was a surreal experience that I will never forget!
The inside knowledge I received from my tutors was amazing and I took it all with me when I went on to study a Mixed Media Course at City and Islington. There are so many up-sides to actually being able to learn and then do in a creative setting.
BCE and my tutors gave me the skills to progress onto a B.A. Honours degree in Media and Cultural studies. I’m now a Project Coordinator for IBM and work on accounts for RBS, Pepsi, Amex and the National Grid.
BCE massively inspired me to reach my full potential. I love what I do and I have my tutors to thank for it. “
“Real success isn’t an overnight thing – if you work hard, it pays off.”
Charley - Management Assistant
“The BCAP Live Events and Promotion Apprenticeship really helped me understand what it’s like to be in the workplace. The classes and placement together, helped me figure out what I really wanted to do in the music industry.
Alongside my studies I got to spend a year at EGA Music as an apprentice. My day-to-day diary was really varied. I did things in the office like managing artists’ schedules and organising events for the promos.
Working on Devlin’s headline show at KOKO, planning appearances for Radio 1 Live Lounge and getting to work with Wireless, Reading and Leeds Festivals were all brilliant experiences. I pretty much got to see and work with everything that goes on behind the scenes of running a record label.
After my work placement I was offered a full time job and I’m now a Management Assistant at EGA Music. It’s hard work with a lot of responsibility, but the highs are extremely rewarding and I’ve experienced and been involved in things I never would have imagined could happen to me.”
Craig AKA Magic - Recording Artist
“BCE’s courses let me study and work with professional studio equipment and people that I probably wouldn’t have had access to otherwise.
The fact my tutors had worked in the music industry was probably one of the biggest bonuses. They gave me really strong advice and I felt comfortable taking it. I’ve got a lot of respect for them. BCE definitely opened a lot of doors for me, it gave me my first taste of the industry and helped me realise my goals.
I performed in the BCE festival alongside the likes of headline artists Wretch32 and Kele Le Roc. It was a real buzz, the crowd was cheering, the lights beaming – I won’t forget that for a long time.
Nowadays, I spend a lot of time in the studio. I’ve signed a record deal with EGA Music and am pursuing a solo career. I get to do what I really love – create music in the studio, write my own lyrics and work with well-known producers and session pianists and guitarists. It’s cool.”
“You have to take every opportunity you can, no matter how small you think it is.”
By joining the course you are already a step ahead of those just dreaming about being in the industry. Take initiative and just keep progressing.
Kadeem - ITN Apprentice
“I studied A Levels in Maths, English and Business before I went to see my Connexions Advisor about routes into media. I joined the Digital Media course at BCAP and started to learn there were lots of areas I could specialise in.
Working with cameras and editing software came pretty naturally to me and my tutors were great. If I had questions about my coursework or even media projects outside of class, I got the interaction that I needed.
One of my BCE projects was with the Ministry of Sound at their press day. There were loads of celebrities and industry people. As a cameraman, I was filming the one-on-one interviews with guests – they were all so chilled and down to earth. This was definitely a high point of the course.
Now I’m working at ITN News as an apprentice Camera Assistant. I have been part the of audio production team and helped create content for televised news shows. If we get called for a story, I go out with the team and film politicians, buildings and events. I have spent a lot of time filming at 10 Downing Street and I got to edit footage of this year’s G8 summit!
I am applying for university now and want to study Film Production. In the future I’d like to continue to be behind the camera either making films in Hollywood or owning my own production company. I’ve learnt a lot from BCE and my apprenticeship. It is definitely a great way to network into the industry.”
“Make your work your pleasure. Whatever you learn in class put it into practice. Get your head down and let your reputation and work take the lead.”
Shanice - Photographer
“I went to a BCE Open Day to learn more about the Live Events course and got to see the people I was going to be working with and learning from. It felt like a really good fit for me.
My tutors played a big part in my personal development. I felt like the more I wanted to learn, the more they helped. Having industry professionals as tutors has so many perks, especially when learning networking skills. It’s a really important tool for any industry.
I remember being taken to Kings Cross to learn about health and safety, capacities and decibel management. There was a lot to learn but it all came in really useful when I got a work placement with the charity Art Against Knives.
I have gone on to another placement with Margaret London, a creative PR and Events company. They have some really big clients like Sony and Diesel. It has been amazing getting to attend events, using my journalism skills for blogging and social media and working with the big brands on campaigns.
I hope to find full time employment in Photography, Fashion and Music with an agency like Margaret London. BCE has helped me realise what I want to do and the types of jobs that are available.”
“You have to take advantage of every opportunity out there – don’t be afraid to ask questions and remember, you have to be resilient!”
Zak - Production Assistant
“After finishing 6th Form, I was looking to get some work experience. I heard about the BCAP Digital Media Course from an ex-student and it sounded like a good way to get into the industry.
I got an internship with Silver Bullet Media, a media agency that create and edit music content for artists and festivals. I now work for them full-time as a Production Assistant. When they offered me the job I was really happy.
Working with them I have been to some really cool places and edited some fun stuff. This summer they took me to a festival called Kendal Calling. It was my first time at a music festival. We spent three days there filming artists.
Headliners were Public Enemy, Willy Moon and the Mystery Jets. There were so many people. I got to go backstage and see the artists and ended up having dinner with Basement Jaxx. I couldn’t believe it.
In a few years I see myself being a film producer and after that I want to set up on my own. I have definitely learnt a lot from my time at BCE. I’d just tell anyone wanting to get into the industry to be prepared to work hard.”