In the wake of a King’s Lynn charity being accepted on to a government scheme for young people, one of the charity’s success stories has spoken about how he has found his “dream job” with them.
Stephen Evans, 28, landed the job of filmmaker two years ago with North Lynn-based Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which supports bereaved forces children.
The former Hunstanton Smithdon High School pupil studied a media, film and television course at Lynn’s College of West Anglia before he joined the charity.
“What do you do for work? – “I’m a filmmaker.” An answer I’ve always wanted to be able to say, but never had the opportunity until now.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to be from a young age, and do as a career, and now I can say that with my head held high and a smile on my face,” he said.
Mr Evans, of South Wootton, said he always enjoyed taking photographs, videos and filming himself and friends but said he never imagined he would make it his career.
“I just thought it was a fun thing to do with my friends. Then it dawned on me that there’s more to this than just something to do on the weekends and after school or college,” he said.
Mr Evans completed his college course in 2012 and said he spent most of his teenage to young adult life trying to pursue his filmmaker dream by promoting himself as a freelance photographer and filmmaker.
“Working on any potential jobs I could get my hands on. Promotional, documentary, music video, you name it, I put myself out there to get it, with no avail,” he said.
Before joining Scotty’s, Mr Evans worked in retail as a replenishment/stock assistant, then a warehouse operative and then joined a photography and print studio. In his quest for a film-based job, he said he applied for a variety of roles both near and far.
“ I was ready to give up and call it quits. Then I saw Scotty’s Little Soldiers were looking for a filmmaker and thought this is it, last one and if not, I’m done.
“I was ready to sell all my gear and start from scratch, find a new passion if I had to. It’s funny because I never originally thought I would ever work for a charity. I didn’t even really know much about Scotty’s at first if I’m honest, and I wasn’t sure how my skills would be relevant. But Scotty’s supports bereaved forces children and has lots of interesting stories to tell and they wanted a filmmaker to help share the work of the charity and to raise awareness through short videos,” he said.
Happy in his job, Mr Evans said he cannot image leaving.
“In all honesty, I can’t because not only do I get to finally pursue that dream of being a full-time filmmaker, but I get to do it while bringing awareness to the world by promoting the charity on the internet through Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and more.
“It’s really rewarding for me to know that the films I produce play an important role in growing the charity and in turn help to support bereaved forces children and young people. I can’t ask for more from a job than that.”
λ The charity has joined the Kickstart scheme – a new initiative which gives 16 to 24 year-olds a chance to gain valuable work experience and earn money.
Scotty’s has work placements in a number of roles.
For job opportunities at Scotty’s Little Soldiers including paid work placements through the Kickstart scheme, see www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/jobs