We caught up with Molly Scarborough recently to talk through what steps she took to help develop her career as a young creative producer living in Dorset.

In 2016, Molly was an unemployed graduate prior to securing a place as an intern with b-side (supported by Creative Employment Programme Dorset Consortium, managed by The Arts Development Company).  Her role specifically focused on working with young people on Portland, curating and producing events with them for b-side festival in September 2016.

Since then Molly’s freelance portfolio of work has really expanded; from a Project Leader on IPACA’s South Dorset Ridgeway Project and Youth Programme Co-ordinator & Marketing Assistant for b-side CIC to Director’s Assistant for Niki McCretton at Stuff & Nonsense Children’s Theatre Company & The Lyric Theatre.

Molly has also participated in two The Complete Freedom of Truth residencies: Sarteano, Italy & Belgrade, Serbia, and helped facilitate The Complete Freedom of Truth Bridport residency February 2017 with Opera Circus.

Molly Scarborough

At b-side’s Outpost presenting the ‘Mound Movements’ project for The Arts Development Company & South Dorset Ridgeway.

This past year has been a great year for your career development.  You were also selected to be part of the WHY? Young Activists Residency at Southbank Centre this summer. How was that experience?

As a freelancer you can spend a lot of time on your own, so any networking opportunity is an absolute godsend. You get to meet new people, and in this instance I met people of a similar age to me and with a similar drive to me too. This was incredibly important. I met 14 other young people who are aiming to bring about social change within their practice. It was really inspiring and motivating.

Through this week-long residency, I experienced first-hand the power of the youth voice. And my voice was one of them.

On the second to last day of our residency at Southbank Centre we, the WHY? Young Activists, hosted a summit. In this summit we spoke on panels and hosted workshops. I was on the panel for the discussion ‘Education to Real Life: are young people gaining the skills, education and space they need to enter adult life and careers?’

I was surprised at how well I spoke publicly as it’s not something I am given the opportunity to do often. There was a platform for me to speak and people wanted to hear what I had to say.

Having a platform to be heard and to be listened to was a real eye-opener for me. It is definitely something I would like to see develop more in Dorset; an open platform for young people to express themselves and their views.

Where would you like to be in 2 years’ time?

I want to work with young people and produce young person led events in Dorset. I also just want to keep doing what I’m doing. I’m enjoying my jobs now and I want to keep developing, producing new events and increasing my portfolio.

You have recently accessed support through our Culture+ early career producers programme and 1-to-1 mentoring sessions. How has this helped your creative career so far?

Culture+ has already helped me in many ways. Most importantly the programme has helped me broaden my professional circle. And from broadening my professional circle I have gained many invaluable experiences and part-time jobs.

I have been able to find my passion, my drive and my voice as a facilitator and producer. I have begun to formulate and realise my ideas. And hopefully with the help of Culture+ I can put these ideas into action.

Molly Scarborough

Molly working as Volunteer Co-ordinator & Festival Administrator for Purbeck Valley Folk Festival.

What would be your advice to someone like you in Dorset?

Grab the bull by the horns and go for it. Meet people. Talk to people. Follow The Arts Development Company on social media and take part in some of their free events. Tell people what you want to do and how you want to help.

Are you a young person living in Dorset looking to develop your creative career? Any of our Culture+ team are keen to hear from you. Contact us here, or sign up to our regular Culture+ e-newsletter to receive info on upcoming events and training opportunities.