Hugo works in Bristol’s TV industry and is one of our most dedicated mentors. He has been using his years of expertise to help our so many of our young people to achieve their career goals. This is his story:
What was your journey into the TV industry?
After graduating from University I joined the BBC and worked through many different departments including news, digital and documentaries. Whilst there, I made my first documentary series for BBC One and since then I’ve been producing high end documentaries for both Channel 4 and BBC.
Did you experience any barriers that stood in the way of your goals?
I had some undiagnosed learning disabilities and mental health conditions that were barriers during my transition from education to work. It took a while for me to realise that filmmaking is all about perspective, and that I could use these to my advantage when seeking to influence my storytelling.
What did you think of Babbasa?
I heard about Babbasa through word of mouth. I think it is a brilliant and mutually beneficial opportunity for all industries to gain perspectives, help others and meet new people.
What made you want to become a mentor with Babbasa?
I wanted to encourage young people to realise their potential, offer a career springboard for those in marginalised communities and all whilst helping diversify our industry.
What were some of the things you were doing as a mentor?
I was offering encouragement, listening, helping write applications and providing CV assistance. I thoroughly enjoyed connecting young people with tangible opportunities in our industry and seeing their lives change for the better.
Has working with young people opened you up to a new perspective? If so, what?
It helped me realise that there are still real and existing barriers in the industry that can start to be dismantled with as little as just giving people the confidence. Although education and connections can create real sustainable change and guidance.
Do you believe you gained anything out of the programme?
I gained new perspectives on both my working and personal everyday world. I connected with new voices and enthusiasm that reminded me of what originally inspired me into this industry.
Do you believe mentoring is important? If so, why?
In the 12 months I’ve been a mentor I’ve seen the real impact that a few hours of your time can have. So I will only continue myself, and encourage my colleagues to do the same.