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Behind the Scenes Week - Rasheed

This week, we will be celebrating people whose work behind the camera is just as important as in front of it as part of The Film and TV charity’s “Behind the Scenes Week”. Each day this week we will shine a light on some of the unsung heroes of the industry to find out a bit more about their journeys and the work they are currently doing. We have kicked off this wonderful celebration week by having a chat with Rasheed, a former trainee at Bad Wolf who has returned for an exciting new project!

Hi Rasheed! What was it you were doing before starting work in the industry?

Before starting work in the industry, I studied economics, philosophy, drama and English literature at A-level and then I studied law at university. After graduating, I worked as the communications and engagement intern in the Mayor's office, before working as a members support officer for the Liberal Democrats in Bristol City Council. Alongside that I volunteered at Advocate which is a legal charity that helps to find volunteer barristers for people who cannot afford legal representation. I was also a youth ambassador at Babbasa a social enterprise in Bristol, that helps young people to achieve their career aspirations, and I took part in the city of change campaign, where we pitched to various organisations and companies in Bristol about the importance of giving young people real and tangible work opportunities in a variety of sectors.

That’s great. What gave you your first break into the industry?

My first break in the industry came from Channel 4's Production Training Scheme, an amazing scheme that meant that I got to work at Bad Wolf for a year as a trainee script and development editor, getting a taste of what both development and production were like. It was an incredible year, where I learned a lot, and met wonderful people. During the Scheme I received training and mentoring from ThinkBigger! and Screen Alliance Wales which has helped me to know more about what I want to do in the industry, and how I need to get there.

What is it you do now?

Right now, I've just started working back at Bad Wolf as an Assistant Script Editor on an exciting production. It's a brand-new challenge for me, but I'm so excited to get stuck in. I'm also grateful to Screen Alliance Wales (Allison and Sarah) for their support as I was able to apply to NFTS: Screenwriting - Finding Your Voice Course, which has been a wonderful experience. I've met some amazing people, and I've written the first draft of my comedy drama pilot script. I love writing and any opportunity to strengthen and grow that, whilst making new contacts is a wonderful thing.

What advice would you give to someone who was looking to start this career path?

I would advise people to make genuine connections, in as many areas of your life as possible. You never know who has the power to help make your dreams a reality. Take part in all sorts of things, especially things that you enjoy Also, there's no one clear path to get to where you want to be, there can be various routes and detours, and along the way when you try new things you learn a lot about yourself. If there's something you're interested in, apply for it, throw your hat in the ring every time and give yourself the chance to be in the running to do what you want to do. Try not to be put off by rejection as well, there are lots of people applying so it's natural and will happen but keep trying and apply for as many things as possible - and believe in yourself, it takes a while to get there (I'm still learning, but trust that you can do it, with support from the amazing people around you! 

On this note, surround yourself with people that affirm you and make sure you do the same for them. It's great to have people in your life that are on the same wavelength. Be ambitious together, challenge each other, and remind each other about your goals and dreams. This can be friends, family and colleagues that push you to be the best version of yourself because it's much easier to strive and achieve with a team of people that are also wanting that success for you just as much you do.

Thank you so much Rasheed for your time! Stay tuned throughout the week for more 'Behind the Scenes' Week content!

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