Opportunity round-up for February and exclusive top tips on how to apply for them!

February is well underway and so here is your opportunity round-up of things you can get involved in and some top tips on how best to apply! Do with this information what you will

GUAP x adidas – The Originals Creator Network

What’s it all about

GUAP is launching ‘The Originals Creator Network’ in partnership with adidas London. The network is an educational programme for young, London creatives and will provide a unique opportunity for emerging talent to develop their skills across 12-months.

The 12-month initiative will:

  • Immerse participants in creative workshops led by industry experts.
  • Allow them to receive commisions to work on live Originals projects.
  • Use the Originals Carnaby Street store as a learning hub providing both in-person and online guidance throughout.

The online application process is now open and will be live until 23rd Feburary.

TOP TIPS from the Community Manager

Work on putting together an engaging portfolio that introduces: who you are; your past and current projects; your interests, inspirations and role models; and whatever else you think is relevant

Put thought into your responses! Whilst I’m not encouraging waffle, it’s important to give expanded answers that communicate your interests, intentions and capabilities.

If you’re asked to provide a link to your Instagram or social media account, provide an actual link, and make sure the links are working.

Communicate exactly how and why you’re relevant to the opportunity. For example, we’re looking for emerging creatives. Communicate exactly why you class yourself as emerging and what tangible skills/opportunities you hope to develop or gain from the opportunity.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to the organisers if you’re having any troubles with the application process.

The programme lead for this project is e.cullen@guap.co.uk, feel free to reach out.

Flourish in Diversity: Fashion Training

As an alternative route into industry, Flourish In Diversity CIC are launching a part-time ๐™จ๐™–๐™ก๐™–๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™™ Fashion training programme that aims to ๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™จ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™จ๐™˜๐™๐™ค๐™ค๐™ก ๐™ก๐™š๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ from minority ethnic and low socio-economic backgrounds. This programme will support underrepresented talent access and prosper within the fashion sector.ย 

Taking place in August 2022, the programme collaborates with brand partners to take students through the fashion product cycle. Focusing exclusively on ๐™จ๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™–๐™—๐™ก๐™š and ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™˜๐™–๐™ก ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™˜๐™š – an industry skills gap – the programme looks to alternative practices as well as future technologies for cleaner and fairer solutions.

On completion of the programme, candidates will have the opportunity to apply for a ๐Ÿฏ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฝ with brand partners.

For more information and to apply, head to @flourishindiversity – link in their bio

Top Tips

-Answer all the questions

Consider your passion as a central part of your application

Make sure the answer fits the criteria of the question

Use simple, clear language to sell yourself

Take your time, and spell check answers

The Elephant Room x Clarks: One Month Mentors

What’s it all about

In Celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day, The Elephant Room is back with ‘One Month Mentors’, a one-month mentorship scheme pairing 10 mentees with 10 inspirational senior women and non-binary leaders from within the creative industry.

Alongside partners Clarks, The Elephant Room will be supporting talent with a bespoke programme to help build meaningful and sustainable relationships and support the mentees with their own professional development.

To become a mentee, register here

To become a mentor, register here

Applications close Monday 14th February. If you have any accessibility issues drop an email to creative.storytellers@theelephantroom.net

TOP TIPS from the Co-Founder, Shannie Mears

Include as much information as possible about yourself, your interests etc. The more context you provide, the better. For example, if you’ve ran an exhibition tell us when the exhibition was, what the theme was, your role, and the outcomes.

Donโ€™t just use generic/layman terms when describing yourself, for example “I am passionate/committed/motivated”, etc. Instead, explain how and why – give examples. “I am passionate about x, because y, and and have demonstrated this by z”.

Be as specific as possible and who you are, and what you want. The clearer you are on who you are, where you are in your career, and what you want to gain out of the project, the easier it is for us to visualize how impactful the opportunity will be for you.

Where possible try and do as much research on the brand you’re applying to work with, what projects they’ve previously worked on, brand ethics and aims, the opportunity itself and anything else you

Continuously think ahead about what your plans, hopes, and aspirations are beyond the program. Think about what you can gain, what your next steps are, how you plan to use what you’ve taken from the programme and how you plan to continue contributing to the company once the opportunity has finished.

School Ground Sounds – EP Accelerator

What’s it all about

The EP Accelerator Project is an opportunity for 3 early career artists to be supported to write, record and release an EP over 6 months.

What does EP Accelerator offer?
– Music Industry mentors and advice
– Professional studio time, access to hot-desking space and space to write and rehearse
– Financial backing

You can apply to EP Accelerator if you are:

– Aged 18-25 year
– A South London based artist/bands/producer
– Early career
– Have clear ambitions for a career in music
– Identify as experiencing barriers into the music industry
– An independent (unsigned) artist
– Making music in any genre

Apply here

TOP TIPS from the team

Make sure you give yourself enough time to read and prepare your application. It’s always best to spend one day getting all your ideas out on paper (perhaps copy and paste the questions into a separate word document); and then after some rest, revisit your application.

Be detailed and try to give as much information as you can that will allow us to get to know who you are. However, be very specific about answering the question and ensure everything you include in your responses is directly relevant.

Represent yourself in the best way – when sending music make sure itโ€™s of high quality!

My Runway Group – Kickstarter Jobs

My Runway Group is an organisation committed to supporting emerging creatives and black businesses. With lots of exciting Community Projects coming up, they’re expanding their team at both ‘My Runway Group’ and their creative agency, ‘The Runners’

Do you have experience or know someone interested in the following roles:

๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿฟโ€โ™€๏ธ- Creative Assistant
๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŽจ – Graphic Designer
๐Ÿ™Ž๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ- Online Retail Assistant

๐Ÿ“ง Please send your CV / Portfolio to work@myrunwaygroup.com

TOP TIPS from the Founder, Kojo Steve Austin

Our ideal candidate is someone who is versatile and has evidence of being able to employ a range of skills. Make sure you showcase this.

We’re looking for someone who can work under pressure whilst still maintaining a level of poise, composure, and professionalism. Tell us about examples of when you’ve had to work in intense settings.

Be willing to learn and adapt your skillset! Have you taken any courses recently? What are you doing to develop your skills? What skills are you interested in learning? Tell us

As an organisation that focuses on emerging creatives and black business, it’s important to showcase an interest in and knowledge of current events, trends, youth culture etc

Finally, demonstrate an ability to think outside the box and problem solve. Tell us how you think we can improve our work and what ideas, changes or solutions you’d make

Small Green Shoots – Sisters in Sound

What’s it all about?

‘Sisters In Sound’ is in partnership with the Dr Martens โ€œTough As Youโ€ Programme, supported by Mahalia. It is dedicated to help improve the skills of young women aged between 16-24 years who are aspiring DJs, Music Producers, Videographers and Event Managers. These workshops which will happen over the course of an intensive 2 days, culminating into a live event showcase on Tuesday 8th March 2022

  • DJ Workshops
  • Production Workshops
  • Videography Workshops
  • Event Management Workshops

Deadline: 14th February

Apply here

Top Tips from the Team

โ€‘ Be you. We want to see how this workshop is actually going to help you achieve where you want to be in the music industry.

โ€‘ Talk about your experience and at what level you are. Give us as much context as possible!

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