24 year old Irham Ehsan, joined us on the 4Reel training programme in 2016 by finding out about us from a career advisor at a Job Centre Plus. In partnership with Creative Skillset & the Hiive, MAMA Youth helped make Irham’s dream become a reality.
“My journey at MAMA Youth Project was a life changing one, to say the least! I joined the scheme as a last ditch attempt to enter the TV industry – after graduating in 2014, I’d been unlucky with almost a hundred job applications, so turned to education as my backup, and was working as a special needs teaching assistant in a prep school. In the back of my head, my love for the media and television was always there, but I felt like I didn’t know how to enter the industry with what I had. I always felt like everyone else had a head start.
Then came the MAMA Youth Project. I applied, not thinking I’d get in. And, lo and behold – I got in! I was ecstatic and had never been so happy while handing in a resignation. As much as I was fitting in at the school, I knew that this wasn’t my field. I was wired to work with computers, not with children. I always knew I wanted to work in TV and that I was suited to this industry. I’d go home from a long day’s teaching to absorb hours and hours of television. What made the whole process even more exhilarating was my vision of the item I’d create – I went on to create a 5 minute piece as part of 4Reel, an hour long current affair show, new for 2016. My piece was about honour killings and honour based abuse – something very personal to me. I carried my vision through the 8 weeks and ended up with a great piece, thanks to the 4ReeL team.