Change100 helped me fulfil my TV dreams
25 January 2017
When Craig Smaaskjaer joined our Change100 internship scheme, he needed a lot of determination. In the end, it paid off.
Craig wanted to work in TV. But his mental health condition ‘gives you a lack of identity, of knowing where you are in the world,’ he explains.
‘When things are bad it’s literally impossible to function. You become frozen, save for extreme meltdowns.’
Then he joined Change100 and did a three-month paid internship as a researcher at Wall to Wall media.
There, he so impressed his bosses that they offered him a full-time job. Craig has worked on a BBC history documentary, and is now working on the hit show Child Genius.
Helena Ely, head of production at Wall to Wall, said: ‘The Change100 interns have been excellent. The scheme will help us more broadly with attracting and retaining talent from diverse backgrounds.’
‘The feeling that I have to conceal my disability has gone. It’s improved things all round in my career and my life.’