rad is a paid eight-month traineeship within a Scottish independent television production company which includes full training throughout the placement. The programme is aimed at those who are underrepresented in the TV industry: those either with a disability, from black, Asian or ethnic minority communities or from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Here are the brilliant delegates of this year's programme.
Alf Payne, Researcher, BBC Science
Alf is a creative scientist who, through broadcast media, aims to bring together his mutual passions of science and storytelling. After receiving first class honours in undergraduate Chemistry from Cardiff University, he moved to Glasgow in 2021 to study towards a PhD. In his spare time, Alf has volunteered in media and events, working with Scottish filmmakers, digital radio stations and music festivals. After experiencing life behind a camera, he decided to take a step away from academic research to pursue science communication work and is grateful to trc media and BBC Studios for providing his first experience in the TV industry.
Annie Bowles, Researcher, IWC Media
Annie has always been interested in telling stories, asking who listens, who watches and who speaks? Graduating from the University of Sussex with a degree in English, Annie moved to Glasgow to pursue a career in arts and media. After studying the Creative Writing MLitt at the University of Glasgow, she co-created literary and arts zine chewgulpspit with a band of fellow creatives and local arts organisations. Annie is passionate about championing voices who are often silenced or go unheard. Being obsessed with television from a young age, she is fascinated with how the medium reflects and mirrors the current cultural moment. She is delighted to be given the opportunity to learn and put her skills into action in the industry.
Caitlin Auld, Researcher, BBC River City
After graduating in Marketing in 2012, Caitlin initially started her career in PR & Events. She particularly enjoyed the storytelling aspect of brand development as well as live event production, working on festivals and large scale events. Caitlin is passionate about social issues that face women and children, particularly those from socio-economically challenged backgrounds. She has worked and volunteered within charities that tackle: maternal employment rights; positive childbirthing; infant feeding and helping young families in the asylum system. In 2018, she also created her own online platform that served to highlight free or low-cost resources and activities for parents in Scotland.
Jonathan Kennedy, Production Assistant, Sunset + Vine
Jonathan has worked extensively in Scottish theatre and events for the past Eight years. During this time working in producing, receiving, and touring theatre in a wide range of roles from stage technician to venue/site manager, with coming on onboard with TRC Jonathan is making the leap to television to learn and expand his skill set but also to utilise existing tradecraft.
Kelsey Burke, Production Assistant, Hello Halo
Glasgow native and life-long lover of film and television, Kelsey graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 2022 with a degree in English and Film. She was inspired to pursue higher education to further investigate the power of storytelling. Excited to embark on her career, Kelsey is passionate about championing diverse narratives and amplifying marginalised voices. She hopes to contribute to a more inclusive media landscape.
Lucy McKenna, Production Assistant, Firecrest
Lucy graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Masters of Arts in Film and Television Studies. Throughout her studies, Lucy directed and produced several short films, and worked on others including a Gaelic film that garnered multiple nominations at the Gaelic Film Awards 2023. In her pursuit of excellence and to further explore her passions in storytelling, Lucy also attended the renowned Met Film School in London, where she gained valuable experience in directing and producing. This opportunity allowed her to refine her skills and immerse herself in the thriving film industry. Lucy is excited to embark on a journey of growth and learning. She recognizes the quality of experience and opportunities that lie ahead and is eager to contribute her talent and dedication to our team.
Sadie Heather, Researcher, Tern
From a small town in the central belt, Sadie has always dreamt big, regardless of anyone else’s doubts. It has always been her dream to be involved and working in the television and film industry. From making home movies, to promoting school trips with self-made films, Sadie knew she wanted to study this further and is now graduating the University of Stirling, with a Film and Media degree. With volunteering for the women’s football team at university as Head of Media and runner experience with the BBC, she is more than ready, in fact over the moon, to get stuck into this traineeship and see what amazing opportunities it brings.
Wacera Kamonji, Researcher, Hopscotch
Wacera Kamonji (she/her) is an Edinburgh-based theatre and film graduate and creative cultural practitioner. She has worked in various roles within festivals and grassroots organisations from sales and marketing to curating programmes for film festivals. She hopes to develop her work in film production and curation. Through collaborations with organisations and artists, she creates space for BIPOC and economically disadvantaged people to apply for roles and receive training and education and showcase their work to a wider audience. Wacera’s mission is to encourage diversity within the creative industry both on and behind the screen.
Linda Zake, Production Assistant, STV Studios
Linda Kima Zake, a Latvian native now residing in Edinburgh, has harboured an unwavering passion for the visual arts from a young age. Delving into the realms of photography and film, she embraced experimentation and honed her skills, leading her to showcase her work in esteemed film festivals. Fascinated by unscripted TV, Kima actively sought opportunities to expand her knowledge in the field. Alongside her artistic endeavours, she demonstrated her keen organizational prowess by spearheading events like the Baltic Anime Festival (now UniCon) and hosting enchanting roleplaying camps for Harry Potter enthusiasts during summers. While working in various customer service roles, Kima seized every chance to upskill and thrive in her multifaceted journey. Beyond her creative pursuits, Kima is deeply interested in the abolition movement and transformative justice, advocating for a more equitable and compassionate society.
Amarah Butt, Researcher, Raise The Roof Productions
Amarah, a passionate film and TV enthusiast, has a diverse background that has shaped their deep appreciation for the world of entertainment. With a keen eye for storytelling, they have always been captivated by the magic of the silver screen. From a young age, Amarah immersed themselves in a wide range of films and TV shows, exploring various genres and styles. This exploration fueled their curiosity and ignited a desire to understand the intricacies of film/TV making. Their interest extends beyond watching, as they also enjoy analyzing and discussing the art of cinematography, character development and narrative structure. With an appetite for knowledge, Amarah continues to delve into the ever-evolving world of film and TV, always seeking to expand their understanding and share their insights with others.