It seems like only yesterday that we launched Rad: our new researcher training programme for people starting out their career in television. But just like that, the pilot year of this exciting new programme has come to an end, and eight new bright and brilliant researchers are fully trained and ready to join Scotland's thriving TV industry.
Rad is a traineeship for new talent from diverse backgrounds, who might never have considered a career in TV. As part of the programme, 8 trainees undertook a 10-month paid placement at an independent production company and received training from TRC to give them the best possible start in their new career.
Looking to crew up for your next production? Keep an eye out for these names! (Or if you work in the industry and would like to be connected with anyone here, get in touch with TRC)
The Rad Grads
“Rad has undoubtedly launched my career (and life!) into the stratosphere. This time last year I was working in a pharmacy, unable to get a start in TV for various reasons, and now I'm working on a 10 part series for BBC One, that I helped develop. My confidence has grown hugely with everyone around me noticing and pointing it out to me. I now feel prepared to go out into the industry and start paving the way for, what will hopefully be, a long and successful career in the industry.”
“It’s not an exaggeration by any means to say that TRC’s RAD program arrived at the moment I needed it most. I have always wrestled with feelings of low self esteem and feelings of unworthiness… To me someone without Cerebral Palsy would be stronger, faster and have more endurance to handle the industry… Applying for the Rad programme led to a paid job in the industry I’ve always coveted, seeing my name in the credits several times, learning and learning, meeting other creatives. TRC’s RAD programme allowed me to believe when I couldn’t believe in myself.”
Two Rivers Media
“In these 10 months, I have been part of amazing productions, I have been to shoots, have fallen through the rabbit hole of the archive world, have brainstormed, written briefs, have spent days buried in wonderful and terrifying research topics. And I have enjoyed every minute of it. Before I always felt like my diversity was written on my face and I had to do everything to hide it; now I feel like I have found a way to be confident and skilful without losing my identity or diversity.”
Raise the Roof Productions
“This has truly been a blissful year for me, to be working in such a professional, well organised company, and the best place to work in TV where staff are valued and well looked after. I am forever grateful for this amazing start and turning point in my career. I hope this scheme will carry on and see more talents embarking on this journey that I’ve been on.”
BBC Studios, Pacific Quay Productions
“During my time both at BBC and throughout the workshops at TRC I felt supported, catered for and most importantly listened to as someone who tends to have more requirements than most when it comes to access, mobility and energy levels. The scheme provided me with amazing opportunities and support along the way. I feel much more confident in knowing what exactly a researcher does and more importantly, I have acquired the skills to do exactly what a researcher does.”
Firecracker Scotland/Mentorn Scotland
“The content of what I have learnt over the past 10 months is hard to quanitfy. What I can say is at this level in my career, I had no idea of level of responsibility and creative license I would be given. It shocked me every time, from interviewing famous faces, to casting research, carrying out background checks for contributors - I could never have imagined the breath of what I would learn this year.”
“This experience has been truly life changing! I feel like I've learned so much more in these last few months than I've done in a lifetime. There have been many challenges but I've faced them head on even when I was scared. I've always been interested in being involved in TV and now here I am doing it!”
James M. Macleod
“Because of the rad programme I have arrived, and I’ve no intention of slowing down now. While I have struggled with my pain and fatigue over this time, I know it could have been much worse were I forcing myself into something like a Runner role because that’s what I’d been told was “the way in”. Blazing Griffin’s support has meant the world to me and helped me feel a part of a world that I have longed to be a part of for most of my life. By the end I didn’t feel like an add-on or an intern, but a thoroughly impactful member of a team.”
And that's a wrap! We're so proud of each of these brilliant trainees, and can't wait to see where they go next.