The Victor Adebodun Foundation aims to support up and coming talent from African and Caribbean backgrounds, who dream of getting into the film and television industry but don’t have access to the network or the opportunity. Our goal is to support them to gain training, mentoring, access and employment. The overarching aim of the foundation is to achieve positive, meaningful change at both an individual and cultural level.
Are you looking to grow your professional network? Learn to navigate industry challenges? Take your project to the next level? Develop new skills and explore new perspectives? Our charitable scheme shall give six mentees and mentors the opportunity to build a lasting connection over six months from July 2021.
Victor spent a lot of his time mentoring people at different stages of their career. For us the first phase of the Victor Adebodun Foundation desires to mirror this, by offering rising talent the opportunity to connect with industry professionals; to give them insight into the inner workings of the media industry.
Complete the application form and tell us why you feel you would benefit from a mentor with the Victor Adebodun Foundation. You should also include a show reel in addition to your CV and/or short bio.
DEADLINE – 31st May 2021.
The purpose of the Victor Adebodun Foundation mentoring scheme is to connect rising talent with industry professionals, to give them insight into the inner workings of the media industry. Victor spent a lot of his time mentoring people at different stages of their career. The first phase of the foundation will seek to mirror this, by offering rising talent the opportunity to connect with industry professionals; to give them insight into the inner workings of the media industry.
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a semi structured relationship designed to help people build confidence and provide support, so that they are able to take control of their own development and career, by way of the mentor sharing their knowledge, skills and experience.
Who can apply?
Mentoring can be for anyone at any point in their working life. The Victor Adebodun scheme is primarily for up and coming Black talent from African and Caribbean backgrounds, who dream of getting into the film and television industry but don’t have access to the network or the opportunity. You must be between 18-28 years old.
How to apply
Tell us why you feel you will benefit from a mentor with the Victor Adebodun Foundation. Complete the application form via Google Forms (requires a gmail email address) and attach the required supporting documents:
Applications Open: 1st May 2021
Applications Deadline: 31st May 2021
Successful applicants shall be contacted within two weeks of application deadline. The mentoring scheme shall commence July 2021.
If you have any questions about the mentoring scheme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I apply? To apply for the Victor Adebodun mentoring scheme, please follow the instructions in the application guidelines.
When do applications open and close? Applications open 1st May 2021 and close 31st May 2021.
When will I hear if my application has been successful? We aim to get in touch with successful applicants within three weeks of the application deadline.
How long will the mentoring scheme last? The mentoring scheme shall last for six months.
Is the mentor scheme free? Yes!
Is the opportunity open to people outside of the UK? No. The mentoring scheme is only open to those who live in the UK, and those who are eligible to live and work in the UK.
Who decides who is successful as a mentee? The Foundation shall select the Mentor-Mentee pairings based on career paths and requests.
The Foundation shall make introductions via email. The mentor will be sent an email with the mentees CV/bio and given further context about the goals and aims of the mentee. We will then introduce the mentors and mentees via email so that they can arrange their first meeting.
If successful, how will the scheme work? The charitable scheme shall give six mentees and mentors an opportunity to build a lasting connection over six months. As a mentee, they’d get 1:1 support with a development goal in mind. As a mentor, they’d get the opportunity to give back to those trying to break into the industry. Through discussion with the mentee, the mentor should assess their current level and identify any gaps in their knowledge.
We ask that the mentor and mentee have a minimum of 4 sessions over six months; the meetings can be in-person, on Zoom or phone based around availability on both sides. Ideally at least half of the meetings should be in-person (Covid restrictions permitting).
Do I need to be Black to apply? Yes, the Victor Adebodun Foundation and schemes within it, was founded in mind to increase the representation of Black talent within the UK film, TV and creative industry.