Talking about being a Next talent, Loes says: “I think this program gives me the opportunity to look at my professional work not only from the end-results point of view, but also from the work-process perspective: how I am organizing my work, what my method is, what I am dealing with… It also give me space to explore new ideas or new working method without a specific goal but simply to develop myself as an artist.
In addition, I got a chance to expand my network and to start looking at myself not only as a filmmaker but as a business. It helped me take a critical look at my process and think “What can I improve to make my work better…easier…more fun?” “What are my goals for the future?” I was used to going from one project to the next but now I was prompted to look further ahead and try to think at where I wanted to be in the next 5 or 10 years.”
Loes further elaborates about what it means to be enrolled in the Next talent experience: “You have a budget and there are a series of workshops you can register to. I, for instance, attended one that was about artistic leadership. It was really interesting because as a director your job is also to be a leader. But you don’t think of that when you are in the middle of a project.”
“You don’t think about leadership and how you can fill and manage this role. With this workshop I was able to understand it’s a needed process and also see examples of how other people were doing it.
Aside for the workshops, you can also book private sessions with tutors or coaches or even filmmakers that inspire you. Whatever questions I have, I can search for the person I think can help me and then have a talk arranged with them.
At the beginning of the project we were asked to look at our works and ourselves from three perspectives: artistic development, entrepreneurship (the business part of being a filmmaker) and productivity (how you organise your work, deal with deadlines etc). As far as I was concerned the artistic development part was very strong but I still needed to work on my entrepreneurship and productivity skills in order to really improve. So I picked things and activities to help me develop these aspects. And that’s exactly why this program is so special, because it allows you to really work on the things you specifically need. I really see it as a privilege for being able to be part of Next Talent and I hope a lot of the young filmmakers will get a chance to experience it, or experience something similar.”