A producer is creating a platform on her website to put a spotlight on final-year drama school students who will be unable to graduate with showcases due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Ameena Hamid is creating a webpage to showcase the profiles of final year students, including actors, writers and designers, on the website for her production company Ameena Hamid Productions.
This will then be sent out to the company’s contacts, including casting directors, with the aim of helping students to make contacts and secure future work at a time where this is more difficult due to social distancing measures.
Hamid said: “I am watching and trying to help my friends who are at drama schools and universities trying to figure their way around this abrupt end, and in need of advice that no one really has, so there is even more of an impetus to do what I can to help.
“I am reasonably lucky. I already have contacts and work programmed for the summer/autumn, while those who have just graduated are very unlikely to have that.”
Hamid added: “I have a mission statement on my website and the reason I do this job is to be a champion for those who wouldn’t usually be able to get into the industry due to their background or under-representation.
“Doing nothing to help graduates who have worked so hard to enter the industry and may be unsure of how to contact people is ridiculous and so I want to do what I can, if only to spotlight them so they can be found.”
Any final year student who wishes to be included is invited to send a headshot and a short bio to Amina Hamid Productions.