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Iconic Steps: Industry Insights with Andrew Chaplin

As part of Sweetshop’s partnership with social enterprise Iconic Steps, director Andrew Chaplin recently presented an Industry Insights session, sharing his advice and experiences with the young people they work with.

Iconic Steps is a social enterprise that supports young people from diverse backgrounds aged 16-25 who need that extra bit of help, to acquire much needed skills, experience and resilience to increase their opportunities in entering the media industry.

The Industry Insights are held to give the group an introduction to various aspects of the industry – including the routes and roles available, and skills like networking, CV writing, and office/shoot etiquette.

With a career that spans both commercials and television, Andrew’s session focussed on the craft of directing, from pre production, to filming to post. He also talked about how to get ahead in the industry and how he started out. It was well received by the attendees, with 86% saying that the session has helped them with their employability skills and increased their knowledge about the industry, and positive feedback including:

“Very insightful and motivating session, thank you Andrew!”

“I was really interested in what Andrew had to say, and his work is inspiring.”

Sweetshop has been privileged to welcome members of Iconic Steps alumni onto sets in paid trainee roles, in which they’ve shown impressive skills and ambition, and it will be continuing the partnership through the coming year.

Find more about Iconic Steps here.