CBC News has partnered with a creative media internship agency to offer an online resource for Canadian creative professionals seeking to broaden their career paths.
As part of its Creative Media Workforce Initiative, the agency, Creative Media Group, is hosting a series of “Creative Internships” for artists who want to broaden the reach of their media career.
The site, CreativeMedia.ca, will showcase internship opportunities across a range of media fields including video, print, music, film and digital media.
“I think it’s important to think outside the box, and I think it will help our industry grow,” said Sarah Karp, Creative Producer at Creative Media, who has been running the internship program for two years.
“I think there’s a lot of creative minds out there who would like to be more involved with the creative process, which is something we’re hoping to do.
We think it’ll give them the opportunity to explore what they are passionate about.”
The program, which has already launched, will be open to artists from all backgrounds and across all fields.
Karp said the internship is being run by an agency of her own, and that the agency is not involved in producing the content on the site.
But, she said, they are interested in working with artists in their creative spaces to broaden talent, broaden their knowledge of the industry, and increase their confidence in themselves.
“If you’re an artist, and you’ve been in this industry for a while and you’re confident in yourself, I think that’s a great opportunity,” she said.
“When you look at the way in which these types of opportunities are being given out, it’s really good to be confident in your own abilities and to be able to take that next step.”
A recent survey of over 6,000 artists by creative agency, The Artist Lab, revealed that the majority of those who took part in the internship were female, with the majority choosing creative fields where they are more likely to be recognized.
“We are really looking to help artists to look at their career options, because we know that when they have a chance to expand their skillset, they’re much more likely and more likely succeed,” Karp said.
Artists can find more information about the Creative Media Workshops at www.creativemedia.ca.