Birmingham and the wider region is home to some of the UK’s most innovative digital creative and cultural businesses; developing international award-winning and commercially successful computer games, TV programmes and feature films for global markets. As part of the knowledge economy the creative industries are playing an important role in driving the UK out of recession.
Screen West Midlands (Screen WM) was the strategic lead organization for these growing and dynamic creative sectors. Their remit was to work with national and local government, and other partners, to ensure the screen media industries were supported, promoted and developed. Through focused intervention they provided highly specialist business support, public-private commercial investment and advocacy for emerging and high growth digital creative and cultural companies.
They worked hand-in-hand with the UK Film Council and other partners and also delivered Lottery investment to a diverse range of cultural projects and organizations such as film festivals, archive and film education initiatives. They too helped to identify and nurture the talent of the future and to the cultural wealth of the UK.
Their work covered the West Midlands’ region: Birmingham, Black Country, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire & Worcestershire.
Below are their objectives:
- promote the West Midlands region by raising the profile of its diverse locations
- promote the West Midlands by highlighting the abundance of talent within the region’s screen media sector
- support businesses through networking, mentoring, brokerage, skills development and financial assistance
- develop talent, from new entrants to professional freelancers and employees
- promote digital media, interactive and games sectors
- promote and develop participation by all members of the West Midlands communities in media production, enjoyment and consumption
- promote and develop digital media literacy and education
- support the region’s moving image heritage and develop access to it
- develop and inspire audiences across a broad range of screen media
- promote and develop the cultural diversity of the region through the moving image
There physical address was based in Birmingham:
9 Regent Place
This website was formerly owned by Screen West Midlands (Screen WM) whose operations were taken over on 1st October 2011 by Creative England. The mandate of the new body was to support the sustainable growth of independent creative businesses, and the talent that feeds them, in every part of England outside London.
After the changes were effected, this domain was eventually dropped. I was gifted the domain recently and I decided to re-develop the site. I have decided to publish information which pertains to digitization and how it is helping people to develop creative solutions in their lives and nurture their talents. I’ve already published several posts and seek to continue adding more content in future. You can access the published content by clicking through various topics below.
My Passion in Acting
I love acting since I was in high school. I was part of a group of actors in my school and since I joined the team when I was still a junior in high school we greatly excelled throughout my high school studies. We represented our school at various levels in the theatre festivals and it was all a fulfilling life to me. After high school, I decided to join college and pursue a degree in creative and performing arts. It was while that I was in college that I had the greatest success in the field. By this time, we had formed a local group of actors and we would perform in major theaters around town on weekend and during special occasions.
I became so passionate in acting and drama-related stuff and made my name known. There was even a time when I was considering being a stand-up comedian but decided against the idea. I was popular among college students and also made my name with various acting groups within town. I then thought of being involved in a video based on Weight Watchers, Exercise Routines and Recipe Diet Plans, which would be a fabulous idea as there is always a bunch of people that would watch.
There were times that they could seek my services in specific roles, though I declined most of the offers because I wanted to concentrate on my studies. I only practice in the evening and weekends at school hence I couldn’t travel far from school from.
Two years ago, just while I was in my final years in college, I was fortunate enough to attend an audition for a drama TV show that was to be aired locally. I qualified for the auditions and decided that it was time that I went to the capital city and where the practicing and choreographing would be taking place. I had now to become a distance learner as I concentrated on my career. I had a dream of making it big in the film industry and was determined to see this dream come true.
How Cancer Almost Killed my Dreams
However, that didn’t come to pass. Barely a week after I bid my family goodbye and went to settle in the city, I got a call from my dad. He had some very disturbing news. My mum had been diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. The news really shocked me and I didn’t know what to do. I was the oldest and my only sister was still in high school. Dada had his own share of problems since he too was diagnosed of lung cancer a year. He was still undergoing treatments and during this time it was my mother who was taking care of him. Now that she too had it, I knew that things would be tough.
After contemplating over the whole issue, I knew that my presence was needed to help and support them as they battled the monstrous diseases. That meant that I had no option but to relinquish my role in the TV show and go home to be with them. I did exactly that.
Since the cancer had spread much, the best solution for her was to undergo a mastectomy. My mum underwent a mastectomy three months after the diagnosis and then was subjected to systematic therapy (a combination of chemotherapy, targeted therapy and hormonal therapy) and radiation for the next 8 months. During that period, my dad succumbed to lung cancer and died.
Fortunately, my mum recovered after the radiation and survived cancer. I have still been staying with her even after graduating from college though I now considering going back to my dream career of acting. Hope I will land on a good role.