How a progressive training and placement programme Foot in the Door in Wales is changing the way productions crew up.
An aspiring Welsh make-up artist from Wales had her eyes opened to new work opportunities in film and TV when Foot in the Door came calling to her home-town.
Jaimie-Leigh Grierson, a mum of two from Abercarn in South Wales, has successfully developed her hair and make-up skills to begin a career in film and TV after her Foot in the Door placement on Netflix film Apostle. While there, she impressed the team to be given further paid employment.
‘The experience was a dream come true and helped me to understand opportunities I didn’t even know existed,’ says Jaimie-Leigh. ‘Thanks to Foot in the Door and mentorship from leading make-up artist Danny Marie Elias I have also attended IMATS London an international Make-Up artist trade show.’
Ffilm Cymru Wales’ award-winning Foot in the Door training and production placement service generates opportunities for people who are living in financial hardship to get into work in film, television and the broader creative sector. Participants who are not in employment, education or training get to apply their transferable skills on set, while receiving industry training, guidance and support to overcome practical barriers such as lack of transport or childcare.
Equally, this ground-breaking programme helps production companies to find trainees and new entrants across Wales. Productions that have offered production placements to trainees include Euros Lyn’s film Dream Horse starring Damian Lewis & Toni Collette, hit TV drama Keeping Faith with Eve Myles, and Severn Screen’s crime drama Craith / Hidden, which screened on S4C and BBC Cymru Wales.
Faye Hannah, Project Manager says:
‘At Foot in the Door we do things differently. We support trainees over a sustained period to overcome barriers, and it works. Our trainees continue to work within creative industries and beyond. Importantly, this grows a diverse and sustainable talent base for Wales’ creative industries.’
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