The main focus of my creative activities for the last 6 years has been as director, producer and script writer; working as a freelance within schools and as an independent filmmaker producing a number of successful short films such as Neffy, winner of the Sean Ferrin Award, nominated at the Raindance Film Festival. Then setting up BDT Creative Services in 2019 to deliver workshops and retreats for Black artist to explore the stigmas of Black femininity, creativity, identity and through this network of people collaborate on new theatre work.
My main creative achievement to date includes, a Masters Merit from Sheffield Hallam University in directing, producing and script writing. Work on TV shows such as This is England – a Warp Production. Being awarded by LADA and the Arts Council England to do research and developmental workshops. Resulting in some experimental artistic work.
Important pieces of work I have had published include a poem titled My Beauty, for the Dream Catcher Magazine. Established artistic partners I have worked with include Akeim Toussaint Buck artistic director of “Toussaint To Move” the production was called Embodied Awareness; a musical drama production with Juwon Ogungbe a musician, singer and composer from London.
Areas of Specialism for Mentoring
- Business Planning
- Finance and Investment
- Product Development – Scripts(any field), Short Film Focus
- Leadership and People Management
- Developing Networks
Beverley Thomas, CEO
Over the last 26 years I have experienced mentoring both as a mentor and as a mentee. My first experience of mentoring others started as a teacher, where I was trained to mentor 6th formers. Then I successfully applied to become one of the Governments mentors for educational leaders.
So, when I decided to leave the educational sector and enter the creative sector, I looked for mentorship programmes in order to enable me to successfully transfer; and was fortunate that Screen Yorkshire supported me; then later when moving away from film and TV, and more into theatre, I was able to get involved with programmes by the Crucible, RTYDS, and Eclipse Theatre.
The knowledge and confidence I gained from being mentored, then led unto me setting up a business called BDT Creatives. Some of the benefits of being an educational leader, being mentored, and having mentored others supported this business idea, as it enabled me to:
- Mentor others, as they sought to develop their creative practise and their business;
- Support people in developing their business plans and cash flow forecast;
- Support people in grant writing or finding a range of funding streams;
- Having been mentored I have clarity about what mentees need.
"I’m delighted to be a mentor on the Advance programme. Having transferred from education to the creative sector, I know how hard it can be to find the right support. My company was set up to help other creative businesses achieve their goals; so, it is a privilege that I can do this, through Advance."