Talking about the Next Talent program, Justus continues: “I’m self-taught and I always believed in learning by trial-and-error. But when the scale of the projects was getting bigger, I learned that you can’t learn everything by just doing it. The Next Talent program gave me the opportunity to develop myself through one-on-one coaching sessions by people that I really look up to, and learn things from them that would have been very difficult to learn by trial-and-error.
The amount of stuff I’ve learned about screenwriting, producing film in various forms and presentation is amazing. And besides that, the meetings with the other talents are super interesting (and ‘gezellig’). You learn a lot by just talking about the work and it’s really interesting to see what challenges everyone faces in different stages of their career.
“Before the program I didn’t talk so much with other directors, and I’m really happy that that has changed so much since last year.
I think that it is important for other creators that might want to join the program, to know how personal it is and how it caters to your own needs and challenges. Together with the program’s coordinators, you are in charge of what skills you develop and what the program looks
like. They are also very open to ideas and suggestions. Big “Thank you!” to Maureen and Paulien for this!
Next to this, it is an amazing way to expand your network and build personal relationships with other directors.”