Prince’s Trust: Getting Started With Media

When you can’t complete mainstream education, getting from A to B work-wise can be difficult, but it’s thanks to programmes such as the CCFC Foundation and Prince’s Trust that that journey can be made more achievable.

Due to severe mental health issues, I was unable to finish secondary school and ended up with barely any qualifications. I ended up doing different courses outside of school to make up for the loss of GCSEs, but the industry I wanted to work in wasn’t as straightforward to get a place in, like a hair salon or as a teacher. I wanted to be a journalist – in particular in pop culture – but to be able to choose your area, you need to know the basics.

I’ve taken part in other courses but it’s the latest one that has made the biggest impact on me as an individual. Going from a freelance writer – jumping in the deep end with hardly any qualifications but a few very rare opportunities –  it can be hard to get the skills you need without learning them in a professional manner. So when I had to take a break from my freelancing career due to ill health, I decided to put the time when I wasn’t so poorly into learning new skills and building up my CV.

That’s when I was told about the Prince’s Trust: Getting Started With Media course. Unlike other courses I had been on which only involved research and paperwork, the Prince’s Trust had teamed up with Cardiff City Football Club’s Foundation to be able to give us a real hands-on and up-close opportunity for learning these kinds of skills. The course was pretty compact, lasting only 5 days, but who knew you could learn so much in so little time? Personally, I find learning by watching and doing is far easier than writing it all down, so it was an exciting time for me.

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.
why feminism is important

Why Feminism is important to me

CN:  Rape, slut-shaming and abuse are some of the topics discussed but not in great detail 

feminism

ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/

noun

 The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

 

I may have mentioned it once or twice, but never really gone into much about why I’m a feminist and why it’s important to me. People often tend to see the topic as ‘taboo’ or really misinterpret what feminism is about. It is not something in which women are “man haters” or feel that the female gender is superior to the male. The female gender has been oppressed for as long as history can remember. Of course, not everyone is aware of the history and often tend to base it on “well, I don’t feel oppressed, my life is great,” or ” I treat women with respect, therefore there is equality,” which is rather closed minded. I can straight away admit that growing up in my life, it was a close-knit family and there was indeed a lot of respect for all genders. However, it’s when I began to finally socialise more, make friends out of my small, caucasian-based community that I began to really see the difference. In the last few years, I’ve made friends from pretty much every walk of life. Non-binary genders, LGBTQA+ community, different races, religions, rich, poor, famous, nobodies and you really begin to learn.

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Feminism is important to me. Feminism is important to me because there are so many consequences of being a female. Even if up in my life until I finally stepped foot out into the world I felt extremely privileged, you wake up and see reality. Feminism is important to me because when I or my female friends or family go out, we are told “to be careful” and “don’t walk alone” because there is a fear of being raped. Feminism is important to me because we as a society are teaching women to change how we dress instead of teaching men to not rape. Because approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales alone every year, meaning there’s roughly 11 rapes (of adults alone) every hour. These figures include assaults by penetration and attempts. And usually, there is very much a lot of victim blaming.

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.