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The LOOKOUT Creative Careers podcast 

Aimed at 16 – 24 year olds but for anyone who’s wondering what to do next and interested in a creative career, we’re releasing 6 episodes in this series, each Weds from 3rd June. Available on all major podcast channels. You can listen and watch subtitles for all the episodes as they are released on our YouTube channel here.

 

 

Connecting young people, artists and businesses through creativity

My favourite moment of the project was meeting with a mentor and learning along the way about different techniques and ideas made me expand my knowledge and creative outlook on things.

Heidi, Participant

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About Us

At LOOKOUT we believe young people, professional artists, teachers, parents, carers and the wider community can all benefit from having more opportunities to be creative and share ideas. We work in schools, colleges, art spaces, community hubs, workshops and anywhere creativity is being put into practice, to start conversations, share skills and make stuff happen.

We set up LOOKOUT in 2018 because we want to listen to and learn from young people, be curious and explore creative potential. We work with lots of artists and practitioners who want to work with young people in order to develop their own work. We recognise the power of positive role-modelling, myth-busting, and access to experiences in building confidence and unleashing potential.

LOUISE BLACKWELL

I grew up in Crawley, West Sussex and the brilliant drama teacher I had at school suggested I apply to a place called Dartington College of Arts in Devon to continue my studies. I went there and spent three years learning about how to break the rules of traditional performance and as a result I love making art that is unconventional, interactive, has many influences and connects with people on an emotional and political level. I set up and co-ran a producing organisation called Fuel for 13 years until 2017 when I decided I could be more useful in supporting everyday creativity in different ways.

 

 

CHARLOTTE VIVIAN

From a very young age I’ve had a huge interest and involvement in the arts. After completing my A-Levels I studied a degree in Communication Arts – major in Contemporary Dance in North Yorkshire where I collaborated with musicians for a lot of the work I made, learnt to push boundaries and experiment with how and where the work I made was performed.

After graduating I moved to Brighton and was keen to learn about ‘behind the scenes’ roles within the arts and also knew I wanted to work with young people. This led me to youth work, working with a theatre company to then having a long and varied career at Komedia (a performing arts venue in Brighton). Keen to learn more about education, I moved to Dv8 College where I spent 5 years as Head of Marketing & Communications. In March 2019 I took the leap into freelancing so I could share my skills and experience with young people as well as develop new creative skills of my own. I currently work with Big Egg Films and Komedia Productions as well as being Co-Director of LOOKOUT.

Meeting with Helen Fraser (2nd Assistant Director in Film & TV) was my favourite moment as I gained useful insight into how to break into the industry and listening to her excitement and interest in her job was really inspiring.

Eloise, Participant

JAMES BARTON

When I was nine I decided I wanted to play the saxophone because it seemed like it might be a passport to the world for a lad growing up in a tiny village in Nottinghamshire – turns out I was right. Since then I’ve studied a Music BA at the University of Sussex, run improv jazz nights, vintage African music clubnights, played a variety of gigs around the country, and even staged a painting exhibition. As things developed I realised I was a passionate amateur, ultimately more comfortable with helping those with the real confidence and dedication to flourish. This led me to working in education alongside the arts, and to helping young people to succeed in their chosen field, often overcoming social, economic or academic barriers to do so. I’m still proud to tell people I play the saxophone though.

To have the chance to work with creative professionals aged 9 is phenomenal on a multitude of levels. It has widened her horizons; inspiring her, providing knowledge, advice, linking her passions to tangible careers to aspire to. Attending the showcase was amazing!

Parent of participant