Success Stories

Laura O’Neill

''I was tired of not hearing back from TV applications.''

Laura tells us 'What's the Craic'! Laura is originally from Ireland and moved to London to pursue a career in the broadcast media industry.

 "I found out about MAMA Youth Project through twitter and I almost didn't apply because I was tired of not hearing back from TV applications.  Before MAMA Youth Project I found it hard getting TV jobs, especially since my family are back in Ireland so I had to work “normal jobs” to pay the bills.  I really lacked confidence and I often undersold myself in interviews.

I was a trainee researcher for series 6 of What’s Up and worked on the social issues team.  To say I learnt a lot in the three months of the scheme is an understatement.  I learnt so many useful practical skills and the contacts I have made in the BBC and beyond are priceless.  I have also made lifelong friends who I know will be future colleagues.

I am now working as a receptionist for Maverick Television. I still have bouts of low confidence but there is always someone at MAMA Youth Project with a cup of tea and a pep talk". - August 2014