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#BAFTATV - Creative Industries: The New Big Thing for London

06 May 2016

This Sunday (8 May) the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) television awards take place. Celebrating the best television programmes from 2015, the award ceremony takes place at the Royal Festival Hall in London. In the lead up to the ceremony we are looking at how you can career inspiration from TV programmes and those nominated for awards.

This Sunday at the BAFTAs, Mark Rylance will go up against Idris Elba, Ben Whishaw and Stephen Graham for the title of 2016 Leading Actor in TV.

While Rylance is the only contender who can say he was the first Artistic Director for The Globe Theatre, all the nominees have amazing credits showing their expertise in the Creative Arts; Idris Elba shot to fame when he landed the starring role in The Wire, Ben Whishaw graced screens as the highly intelligent Q in Skyfall and Stephen Graham’s role as Tommy in Snatch was iconic.

If we think back a few years, to around the 1990s, acting was considered a hugely unstable career choice – you could never be certain if you would make it and most aspiring actors worked low skilled, low paid jobs to pay the rent between roles. Now, the Creative Industries are absolutely booming; in 2014 the industry supported over 500,000 jobs in London (including creative and non-creative roles) with Film & TV responsible for over 96,000 of those – this equates to Film & TV dominating 16.5% of the creative roles in London.

The value of the creative industries has also increased – Film & TV contributed over £6billion to the UK economy in 2015 – and there are now more ways than ever to start a creative career. Creative Skillset are the Sector Skills Council for the Creative Industries and offer a huge range of resources, including Profiles, Course Directories and their own creative network named Hiive. The assets required to follow your dreams and see your name in lights have never been more accessible.

The National Careers Service also have job profiles which provide useful information on a range of careers in the Creative Industries. There is a specific area for performing arts, broadcasting and media which shows a list of careers you can find in these areas: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobfamily/Pages/perfartsbroadcastandmedia.aspx

We want to say congratulations on the nominations and a big thank you to Mark Rylance, Idris Elba, Ben Whishaw and Stephen Graham for their dedication to the arts and for all their amazing performances over the years. Good luck to all of you at the BAFTAs on Sunday.

Follow @ProspectsGroup on Twitter and share your thoughts on what roles interest you and why – don’t forget to use #Baftacareers

Sources:
London Film & TV contributions 2015: http://www.bfi.org.uk/education-research/film-industry-statistics-reports/reports/uk-film-economy/economic-contribution-uks-film-sectors
Creative Skillset & Hiive: https://creativeskillset.org/ ; https://app.hiive.co.uk
Creative employment 2014: https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/creative-industries-in-london.pdf


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