'You only need one yes': how I beat the odds to work in film

From working on the new James Bond film to interviewing actors, recent graduates reveal how they got a foot in the door

The film industry is notoriously white, middle class and male-dominated. However, since the Harvey Weinstein scandal hit Hollywood in October 2017, calls for greater diversity have snowballed, and there have been some improvements. There were more leading roles for women and people of colour in blockbusters in 2018 than any previous year, according to a recent survey. However, there’s still a long way to go: the same survey found that behind-the-camera representation remains worse and disabled people remain marginalised.

We spoke to two British graduates working within the industry – one on the set of a Hollywood blockbuster, the other conducting interviews on the red carpet – to find out how they got their first gig, what it’s like to work among the glamour, and what advice they’d give to others.

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