An exciting new social enterprise in West Dunbartonshire is using the power of creativity to help inspire young people to consider future careers within the UK’s most rapidly expanding sector – the creative industries. Braw Talent has recently received funding through Firstport’s Start It award, which is focused on piloting entirely new start-ups. Budding entrepreneurs can apply for up to £5000 to cover essential start-up costs.
Braw Talent delivers cultural and creative education programmes in schools, providing an insight into the many career opportunities in filmmaking, visual art, and music in Scotland.
Profits from the social enterprise will be used to fund free-to-access creative projects for young people within Scotland’s most deprived communities.
The business is the brainchild of Clydebank-based Darren Osborne, co-founder of BAFTA and BIFA nominated film production company 14c Studio, and has evolved into something even more exciting after teaming up with artist Lydia Everitt and musician Colm Keegan.
Braw Talent co-founder, Darren, said:
Developing youth filmmaking projects that we delivered with Y-Sort-It over the past few years was the inspiration really. I witnessed young people discover exciting talents that were still buried within them. We had kids who had initially been a bit unsure of themselves, taking part in a Q&A in front of a packed cinema, absolutely beaming about what they had achieved.
I wanted to do this all the time, and I wanted to do it better. I decided to study education and became a qualified secondary teacher, which also afforded me an invaluable year working in the classroom. Through this I met Lydia and Colm, who are also vastly experienced practitioners in their field and qualified teachers who share a passion for all things creative.
Braw Talent has been working closely with Firstport, taking advantage of free training, workshops and networking opportunities.
The team launched their new website in March 2019.