Your Work Experience Experience: Gemma Hirst, ITV Tyne Tees

12711148_10154548050454746_2161477098461425046_oHello, Creatives!  In their 2015 survey, the UK Creative Media Workforce Survey revealed that 77 per cent had done unpaid work experience – which is a staggeringly high number.

Here at 99% Perspiration, we want to make sure that you make the most out of your work experience placement, so we’ve asked a few key bloggers to document their “work experience experience”, and share it with us; the good, the bad, and the ugly.

(Also, see Tim John’s article on tips for how to make the most of, and not screw up, your work experience placement.)

This coming Wednesday, Gemma begins her three-day work experience with ITV Tyne Tees.  Not only will Gemma be shadowing members of their news team; writers, bulletin readers, editors…  She’ll be getting hands-on experience, helping film & edit ITV’s journalistic content.

Currently the Culture Editor for young writing start-up Kettle Mag, amongst writing for many online publications, Gemma is in her final year at the University of Sunderland’s Journalism BA.

Vlog one; Gemma explains how she snagged work experience with ITV’s journalism team, explains her passion for journalism, and enthuses about what lies ahead at ITV.

To find out more about Gemma Hirst, you can check out her blog, and check back with 99% for Gemma’s next vlogs.

Want to share your work experience opportunities with us?  We’re keen to share your stories; get in touch via our Twitter, @99Podcast.

nyf-gold-award-jay-sykes-circle-crop1And, as always,
Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay Sykes
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration

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ArtyParti – SunFest 2016 & Changing Lives

Hello, Creatives!  One of my side projects alongside running 99% Perspiration is a weekly radio programme called ArtyParti.  We invite guests to chat about artistic & cultural events in the North East of the UK.

Here’s the latest;

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Meet Stephanie Chungu.

I was 14 when I told my parents I didn’t want to do the family route and study science.  I finally admitted them I wanted to write and it freaked them a bit, because they didn’t know how to get me where I wanted to be, whereas in pharmacy/nursing they know people.

You can consider me the black sheep in the family if you will. Myself and my cousin both take media courses – herself journalism and me studying Broadcast Media Production.

I won’t lie, I was scared breaking out in the media industry.  Taking an easy route into a job wasn’t what I wanted to do and I wanted a challenge.  Since joining Spark Sunderland in 2013, I’ve clocked up a whole calendar of hours (I’ve stopped counting since 150) of radio, and working behind the scenes.  I love doing it.  I love choosing the songs for playlist for my Urban Show on a Monday, choosing what content I should put in my daytime show, being in control of all the specialist programming, I just love it.

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But the one thing that bothers me?  I’m one of the seven ethnic minority in the station. Media is not solely focused on BAME [Black and Ethnic Minority], and many just assume to put us in the Urban setting.

12874276_594724077360426_1486337790_o.jpgSo, when given the chance to go down to London to attend a masterclass held by BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, I jumped at the chance.  It was a masterclass hosted by creative access, a programme committed to providing the best advice, experience and internship for BAME industry beginners.



The first day in London, I panicked.  Well, of course I did, I was in King’s Cross and was about to burst into tears because I didn’t have enough money to catch the tube home.  Oh how stupid I was, thinking that I could be so comfortable down in London on my own.

Eventually, I got to my aunt’s house.  And my cousin was so excited for this masterclass that she wasn’t even going to.  “You’re going to make it, Steph, believe me.” I tried. I really did.

Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 18.37.26.pngOn the day, I wanted to look really good.  I mean, I’m going to my future workplace, I wanted to stand out.  Before making down in London I went to Newcastle and bought a whole new outfit, that screamed “I KNOW WHAT I WANT AND I’M GOING TO GET IT.” Continue reading “Meet Stephanie Chungu.”

Become a Reviewer in Residence at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

CuckooHello, Creatives!  This one is stolen from the lovely folk at Cuckoo Young Writers, an organisation that exists to develop emerging writing talent in the North of the UK.  If you’re interested in writing/journalism, aged 15 – 23, please read on!

The Write Life.jpg(If you’re outside North UK, or outside Cuckoo’s age bracket, there are dozens of opportunities our there, and The Write Life have compiled a handy list of top-notch places to start:  26 Amazing Writing Residencies You Should Apply for This Year.)

“Become a Reviewer in Residence at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) in Sunderland!”

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99% Perspiration vs. Juice Festival – part 2

Ryan Kennedy and Jay Sykes

Ryan’s the one looking goofy on the left, I’m the one with less than cool fashion sense on the right. Who even wears knitted ties?

Juice Festival blog’s Ryan Watson caught up with me over lunch to chat all things creative, and why I make 99% Perspiration.  (You can read part 1 of the interview here, where we talked about questions, interview skills and preparation.)

We chatted about networking skills, building up confidence, creative opportunities, and about the inspiration behind making 99% Perspiration.

Could you tell me about some of the challenges in building up the audience for 99% Perspiration?

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Click here to listen to Sean Rameswaram, producer of Sideshow on WNYC & Studio 360, on 99% Perspiration

Podcasts do take a lot of work, a lot of time to build up – you’ve just got to keep going at it really.  I haven’t increased numbers as much as I’d originally hoped for, but I’ve increased numbers a fair bit since I began.  We’re into the thousands now, it’s taken a long time.

It’s interesting that you say numbers have not gone up as much as you’d hoped by now…

Yeah, I was hoping to have conquered the world by now.  (Jay laughs.)

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Lungs – A Call to North East Artists

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Lungs is an upcoming contemporary art publication based in Sunderland.  It exists to catalogue the work of emerging North East artists, and to provide a platform to exhibit to a wider audience.

With a limited print run, the catalogue will be distributed to local galleries, museums and art organisations, to serve as a reference of the innovative creative work happening on our own doorstep.

Photographer Angela Wingate is one of a team of three bringing “Lungs” together.  We asked her why this project is so important to her:

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“I think more than anything, we wanted to show what’s going on around here. Our curating class spent the week in London last month and the culture of the city is so arts focused.  Everywhere!  You don’t get that here.”
Angela Wingate, Photographer & Co-Founder of Lungs

“Everyone assumes you have to travel to London for arts and culture but there is some awesome work being created in the North East.  We want the galleries and art organisations to know that before they call out to artists down south, see what’s going on right here.

62f2b5_4ce67c1b2f284b67835150f097358bfa(1)“We want the Lungs catalogue to kind of serve as a reminder… like, ‘Hey, we’re here!’  Hopefully, it will be received well and we will be able make Lungs an annual publication.  And we’re really excited.”

A call for artists based in North East UK is now open until 15 April 2016. Submission guidelines can be found at lungsproject.org.

An exhibition of a selected works will coincide with the launch of the first Lungs issue in September 2016.  To find out more about the project, you can email the team – lungs.project@gmail.com

Want to help support us, & buy some snazzy stuff in the process?  Head over to our RedBubble – clothing, mugs, books, bags galore!  We’ll have some new designs on the site soon.

nyf-gold-award-jay-sykes-circle-crop1And, as always,
Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay Sykes
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration

International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day, Creatives!  Join us in celebrating this important campaign, which attempts year on year to help bring society ever closer to parity.

I spoke to female creatives across various industries to find out what International Women’s Day means to them, and what advice they have in store for emerging female creatives.

Click here to listen to Bridget Hamilton on the 99% Perspiration podcast

Click here to listen to Bridget Hamilton on the 99% Perspiration podcast

Bridget Hamilton
Founder of social community project Verbal Remedy, and Producer at BBC Radio Newcastle
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“In this day and age you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t consume some sort of media every day.  That’s why I think we as an industry have to be incredibly hot on issues such as gender parity.

“Not only do we have to work on equality for those who work for us (for instance, only 36% of people in your typical newsroom are female), but we also need to improve how women are portrayed in our documentaries and dramas.

“No one should be confined to playing the swooning doctor’s assistant or the

damsel in distress.  Of course, many of us will be able to think of women whose contributions to TV and film are far from tokenism, but there’s still a long way to go.”