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INSPIRE The monthly digital magazine that aims to inform, update and MOTIVATE today’s youth about their studies & future careers.

ISSUE #01 April 2016


Stacey Dooley

The BBC Three investigative reporter reveals all.

Joseph Kocharian

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BFI Film Academy!

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He has styled Nick Jonas, mingled with David Beckham and now he chats exclusively to Inspire about his successful fashion career.


Sir Ian McKellen on Shakespeare


Hello... It’s Kwaku Aboagye, I am a 19 year-old aspiring entertainment journalist and screenwriter from London. I am making this publication to MOTIVATE and INFORM fellow teenagers, who are also in higher education, about their studies and future careers. ‘Inspire’ aims to update, inform and advise students about the topics that are relevant to them. Furthermore, ‘Inspire’ also encourages young people as they prepare for their A-Level exams or the next step in their lives (careers, university etc.). Over the last ten years, the Internet has become the main source of information and entertainment for teenagers. A new issue of ‘Inspire’ is therefore published every month on their college and university moodles. April’s issue is a special edition aimed towards all the students out there aspiring to work in creative industries. I wrote all the articles except from the careers’ advice column, which was provided by the lovely Yen Yau. So what are you waiting for... READ ON!


Contents HOT TOPIC:

Sir Ian McKellen celebrates Shakespeare at BFI Southbank event


Esteemed actor Sir Ian McKellen discussed the life and career of William Shakespeare at a BFI Southbank event to honor the 400th anniversary of the iconic playwright’s death. BE INSPIRED:

An evening with Stacey Dooley


The BBC Three investigative reporter attended a master class at the BFI Film Academy and spoke to aspiring filmmakers about travelling the world and making documentaries. SPOTLIGHT:

Q&A: Joseph Kocharian An EXCLUSIVE interview with Attitude’s creative director and stylist to the stars - Joseph Kocharian.



Yen’s Tips Into Film’s talent development manager Yen Yau is this month’s guest blogger. She offers advice on how to get yourself noticed, being a good employee and how to make the most of your transferrable skills.





screen writers watched esteemed actor Sir Ian McKellen discuss the life and career of William Shakespeare in a private dry run of ‘Shakespeare on Stage, Screen and Elsewhere’, an event held at the BFI Southbank cinema on 6th April in Waterloo, London. It has been 400 years since the iconic playwright died and the 90-minute event was held to celebrate his talent and the different adaptations of his work.

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ing Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, took to the stage and was instantly welcomed by cheers and applause from everyone in the hall. He said: “I’ve been acting professionally for nearly 55 years and the yanks always refer to me as a ‘veteran actor’ or a ‘classic actor’ but I’ve always seen myself as a ‘Shakespearean’. I’m a huge enthusiast for his work, though not an expert and I’ve admired him since I was a young boy after my sister took me to see one of his plays” McKellen has starred in several stage and screen adaptations of Shakespeare work, most notably the 1995 film – Richard III, where he played the titular role and acted opposite Academy Award winners – Robert Downey Jr. and Maggie Smith. “I enjoyed being in the audience so much that I wanted to be on the

other side of the theatre and see how the actors did it. That’s essentially where my love for acting began” In between speeches, McKellen showed scenes from different Shakespeare adaptations, one was a scene from the 1978 stage production of Macbeth and featured a young Judi Dench crying and repeatedly rubbing her hands towards a candle. “That play is a definite career highlight and included the best acting I’ve ever seen. It proves that you don’t really need elaborate scenery or special effects to express the message, just the actors interpreting Shakespeare’s beautiful words with dialogue and their actions” Although McKellen is pleased with most of his career choices, he revealed that the Shakespeare character he most wanted to play was Antonio from The Merchant of Venice.

McKellen, 76, an award winning actor renowned for play“Antonio was the only gay character Shakespeare created and as a gay man, it would’ve been great to play him. I was originally going to play him in a film with Al Pacino but the director disagreed with the fact that Antonio was a gay man and I backed out of the project” Shakespeare’s work has been adapted differently over the years and while some diehard fans and theatre-going critics disagree with the direction some of the films and television programmes have taken, McKellen said: “The truth is I’m not a purist and I’m open to people interpreting Shakespeare whatever way they want, There is actually a Shakespeare app coming out later on in the year. It includes audio versions of his plays and that makes sense as young people are always on their phones” McKellen then showcases his singing before exiting.


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An Evening with Stacey Dooley


Kwaku Aboagye explains what happened when the Luton-born investigative reporter gave a master class at the BFI Film Academy. She spoke about travelling the world, making documentaries and the future of BBC Three as an online platform.

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60 minutes always flies by

so quickly whenever a Stacey Dooley documentary comes on the telly. The 29 year-old investigative reporter’s job includes traveling around the world, meeting people from different walks of life and experiencing new cultures. She is renowned for tackling serious issues such as the dangers of cybersex, imprisonment and drug dealing in her documentaries. Dooley has become a national treasure because of her charisma, calm and easy-going attitude and non-judgemental approach to any situation she ends up in. She doesn’t pull her punches, nor does she hide her feelings when her interviewees share information that is upsetting or disturbing. She isn’t appealing to the audience

who watch Newsnight or read the Financial Times; she is appealing to young people, as are presenter Reggie Yates and rapper Professor Green, who frequently appear on BBC Three too. Dooley took time out of her hectic schedule to speak to the 16-19 year-old aspiring filmmakers, participating in the BFI Film Academy’s week-long documentary-making residential course in Debden, Essex. The course is held every February and teaches young filmmakers about teamwork and producing an informative and entertaining documentary in a short amount of time. Here are the wonderful documentaries this group of teenagers made: 25 Weeks, Making their Days, Spikey, Vacant and The End of the Rainbow. The previous nights

included master classes with Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn and London-born producer Tom Costello, who produced Channel 4’s controversial documentary The Paedophile Hunter; however everyone was excited about meeting Dooley as they were fans of her documentaries. The 60-minute masterclass occurred in Debden House’s conference hall, with all 38 participants in attendance. Cameras flashed, and the sound of music and people chatting away could be heard until a casually dressed petite woman entered the room to cheers and loud applause. “Hiya guys… Sorry for being late, I’m a little jetlagged” Her tone soft, gentle and


unmistakeably Luton, Dooley went on to explain that she had returned from America after spending a week with Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of controversial business mogul and Republication presidential candidate Donald Trump. “Yeah, the whole family is bonkers” she said, which was met with laughter from everyone in the room. Dooley reflected on her days working as a shop assistant at a perfume counter in Luton Airport.

thank Danny Cohen for giving me this great opportunity. He sadly isn’t at the BBC anymore but he championed people from different backgrounds and had unique stories and opinions to share” In the last seven years, Dooley has travelled to places such as Cambodia, Thailand and Honduras. She has covered topics as hard-hitting as sex trafficking, Islamophobia and cocaine smuggling.


The masterclass is nearly finished and Dooley offers beneficial advice, stating that those wanting to work in film and TV should “hound media people higher up on social media for opportunities, get their portfolios seen and be confident and yourself”.

She displays the friendliness that has made her so popular with audiences by waiting around after the masterclass to take selfies with everyone.

“I adore the diversity of my job and I actually still keep in touch

“Hound media people higher up on social media for opportunities, get your portfolios seen and be confident and YOURSELF!” “I read an ad in a newspaper and BBC Three were searching for people to star in their new show and as I craved the spotlight, I took the offer but I had no idea what I was letting myself in for…” That documentary series was Blood, Sweat and T-shirts, where Dooley and the other participants travelled to India to live and work alongside Indian garment workers, making clothes destined for sale in British high-street stores. Thanks to her popularity on the show, she was given her own show, Stacey Dooley Investigates, in August 2009. “I was shocked when the BBC gave me my own show… I mean, I had zero presenting experience but the risk paid off and I have to

with some of the people I meet, however sometimes they aren’t always friendly, A couple years ago, I’d planned to do a documentary on pro-choice in America, however when I got to the abortion clinic, the owner told me to leave on arrival because she’d seen me chatting to one of the anti-choice protestors. She was effing and blinding at me” BBC Three recently changed from a television channel to an online service. Dooley expressed her satisfaction with the switch: “Young people are watching everything online nowadays and the BBC Three is all about youth and innovation so the change makes sense”



Q&A: Joseph Kocharian

At the age of 26, Joseph Kocharian has already risen through the ranks of menswear fashion and landed the coveted role of creative director at Attitude magazine.

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Kwaku Aboagye: When did you develop an interest in fashion? Joseph Kocharian: I’ve always been interested in fashion. I bumped into an old teacher recently and she told me I used to cut out pictures of Oscar Del La Renta gowns and bring them in to class. I have always been interested in images, so not just fashion. I used to cut out magazine covers that I loved, not just for the clothes, but also for the make-up, hair and lighting. KA: How did you land your job at Attitude? JK: Before I came to Attitude, I worked alongside Rankin at Hunger magazine and I then took a job as an assistant admin in jewellery buying in London, then used my holidays to intern. I did a two-week stint at Attitude, carrying bags of returns around and attending shoots and then one of the editors fortunately offered me a job after two days of interning for him! So I was incredibly lucky.

I chat to him about his style icons, body image and what it really takes to succeed in fashion. KA: As the magazine’s fashion and creative director, what does your job entail? JK: I produce all the fashion content for print, iPad and online. I write, style, creatively direct and produce everything from the shopping pages, editorials, and celebrity shoots. I also represent the magazine at fashion week and press days, liaising and building relationships with other brands. It’s a hectic and often stressful job but I’ll be lying if I said I didn’t love it! KA: I’d like to know more about your background – Where did you grow up? How were your teenage years? Who were your role models? JK: I grew up in Bradford, in Yorkshire with Swiss parents and went to a school, which was focused on non-creative subjects. I then studied English at the University of Leeds and I was part of an after school performing arts scheme. I performed at Edinburgh

Fringe, the O2 and various other places. My style icons were David Beckham, Jude Law and Jake Gyllenhaal because they all had very wearable styles. I didn’t have a role model as a child, other than my parents. KA: There has been much debate over the fashion industry constantly using slim or ripped models and how they don’t reflect the sizes of the consumers, what is your stance on this issue? JK: It’s a tricky subject really, and a lot of people are opinionated about it. We actually have a ‘real bodies’ section in Attitude that celebrates all body types. I think body shaming is wrong, whether it is calling someone too large or too small or too muscly. Everyone has a different body shape, and they shouldn’t be attacked for looking the way they do. The most important thing is that you’re taking care of your health.


KA: You’ve styled celebs such as Nick Jonas and Adam Lambert – What were they like to work with and who do want to style next? JK: All the guys you have mentioned were friendly and great to work with. There are always rumours about celebrities being divas, but I have honestly only ever come across professional and friendly celebrities in my career. I’d love to style Roger Federer as I’m a big tennis fan, and he is Swiss like me.

interests other than fashion?


JK: I love tennis. Everyone I know always tell me I’m instagramming about Serena Williams, Roger Federer...or Taylor Swift, I love her too. I also like going to the cinema and reading as it broadens your scope on life and helps inspire your creativity. JOSEPH’S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

KA: What is the best advice someone has ever given to you and what advice would you give to people eager to pursue a job in fashion and journalism? JK: Be nice to everyone. It’s a small industry and you come across everyone all the time. I would suggest getting plenty of experience too. Working over college or university holidays to get experience and meet people. It will give you an idea of the scope of careers. You might not want to be a stylist (it’s a lot of returns, lugging suitcases around and sample control) or may find you love writing, or PR.

Image courtesy ofAttitude Here is Kocharian (left) with his style icon David Beckham (right) in April 2014.

KA: Who are your inspirations and favourite designers? JK: I love Kim Jones from Louis Vuitton because he creates collections that have stories behind it. Sibling London is a great team with lovely energy and I always look forward to their shows at Fashion Week too, as they always add some frivolity to the proceedings. KA: And to round up this interview: What are your

Image courtesy ofAttitude Here is Kocharian (left) styling musician Nick Jonas (right) for the November 2014 issue of Attitude.




Yen Yau is a talent development manager at Into Film, an organisation that puts film at the heart of young people’s learning and cultural experience. She visits colleges across the UK and Ireland and provides students with information that can help them progress in their chosen profession. GET YOURSELF NOTICED: It is important to send your show reels and CVs to companies and studios, however remember to always update and tailor them to the specific job role you’re applying for. It’s always wise to keep things simple by excluding any unnecessary information or footage. Use social media to connect with industry people. You can also share your work with the public and build a fan base Search for nearby networking events - this is a good way of meeting new people who share the same interests and goals as you. They could become collaborators or even better, friends. Networking can also potentially lead to getting a job or an internship.


Honesty and integrity Lteracy and numeracy skills Oral communication skills Reliability Confidence Good work ethic Ability to meet deadlines Team management Co-operation skills Punctuality


Art and graphics students may want to become a production designer, which means creating the visual aspect of a film or TV show. If you’ve studied law or business studies, then becoming a producer is a good career option as you’ll developing screen projects and handling the finances / legalities. CONTACT YEN FOR MORE INFO HERE: Twitter: @yenyau Email:

If you’re good at English then being a script supervisor is a good career option. You have to check grammar and punctuation etc. Maths is helpful if you want to be a production accountant and making sure TV shows and films are sticking to their budget.