26 year old Megan Walker always dreamed of a career in video production, but upon graduating from studying film at LJMU she discovered that jobs in media were scarce. Being a Liverpool resident Megan felt frustrated that it seemed the only avenues of opportunity involved relocating to London and realised, in the current competitive climate, the best way to pursue her dream was to create a job for herself.
Megan had taken on various work experience roles within media during and after her studies in order to build her knowledge of the industry, and a chance offer to help out a friend is what would begin her journey to becoming an entrepreneur. Having taken up the offer to support her friend who was running media projects with local schools Megan was delighted when the friend then recommended her to cover a project herself.
Megan said: “The idea of starting my own business was daunting. I didn’t have a clue about business plans or any of that side of it. But I found my way to The Women’s Organisation who told me about their grant and support. They were really enthusiastic and helpful from the start. I met with a business adviser who was so supportive in helping me move things forward. From there I did the business planning training which really helped me to get my head around things, especially the cash flow. I was then helped to access grants and found that there was a great network of people I could collaborate with at the training and networking events.”
When attending industry events Megan found that media is a very male dominated industry and at times women are taken less seriously in technical roles. She said “it makes me proud to be flying the flag for women in a field in which we are so under represented.”
Megan received grant funding from The Women’s Organisation and Liverpool Vision to get essential equipment for the start up of her business, and now has a live website and is booking clients. She said: “I went from wondering if it was a possibility to starting a business in a matter of months. I feel better about myself and really proud of what I have achieved. It’s great to feel the support of everyone who has taken such an interest in my business. It’s like the community is behind you.”
‘Megan Walker Media’ offers a range of video production services specialising particularly in marketing and promotional videos for business and community, and also producing films for weddings and events. If you would like to find out more about what Megan does visit www.meganwalkermedia.co.uk follow her on Twitter @megwalkermedia or Facebook Megan Walker Media, or contact her on 07708082560 firstname.lastname@example.org
And, if like Megan you are interested in starting up your own business call The Women’s Organisation on 0151 706 8111 and find out about the range of FREE services we can offer. You can also email email@example.com or visit www.thewomensorganisation.org.uk