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Mentor with Animated Women UK

74% of females over the age of 30 working in animation and vfx in the UK feel that they have or will experience career barriers relating to their gender.*

Why Mentor?

Something about mentoring

Anne Akande

Why get a mentor?

Something about getting a mentor

Chloé Deneuve

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2020 programme are now closed.  Thank you to everyone who applied.  

*Successful applicants will be required to register with ScreenSkills on their website before beginning the programme. This allows them to monitor the success and ongoing impact of their work. This account will be private by default and all data entered will only be used anonymously, e.g. for reporting to funders. You can find more information here.


Q: Is mentoring going to be time-intensive? 

  • A: Mentoring can be set up to work around you and your schedule. We understand that a lot of our mentors are very busy people, so our SLACK-based mentoring is designed to allow you and your mentor to stay in touch in a way that suits both of you.

Q: Who will be the point of contact if a mentee goes AWOL? 

  • A: Dexter or Emma at Prospela can be contacted within SLACK and will reach out directly to check in.

Q: Do I always have to maintain the same level of commitment?

  • A: Your relationship with your mentee is unique. You can agree on a level of commitment and communication with your mentee that works for both of you and review it over time.

Q: Am I senior enough to mentor? 

  • A: If you are already working in either VFX or Animation and have been for more than 2 years you are definitely in a position to add value to a mentee.  Many of our mentees will just be starting out on their journey and sharing yours will be incredibly valuable.  We will do our best to match mentors and mentees appropriately.

Q: I’m not in a creative role - does that matter?

  • A: Absolutely not. Our industries comprise many roles from facilities,  management and accounting to production, technology and more.  We expect mentees who are looking at all kinds of roles and would like the same variety in our mentors. If you’re paired with someone from a creative discipline and you are not from that background, you can provide a lot of help and support both yourself and through your network.

Q: How should I be communicating with my mentee? 

  • A: Our programme is designed for you to interact with your mentee over SLACK with the support of the team at Prospela. We’d encourage you to keep your communication on there, but over time (if your mentee is over 18) you might look to connect with them on LinkedIn and perhaps interact over different platforms on occasion. Keeping your communication here enables us to track the success of our programme which is critical to its ongoing support by our sponsor.

Q: What should I do if I don’t know the answer to a mentee’s question? 

  • A: The same as you would if you had a question in your day to day life. Ask your friends, colleagues and network to help you.  You have access to a wealth of resources that your mentee doesn’t. 

Q: How often should I be speaking to my mentee? 

  • A: This up to you and your mentee. You should discuss this with them so that the plan is clear. In general, we find that communication is more regular when you are first establishing a relationship and can then become slightly less frequent.  It’s important to invest time upfront getting to know each other, building trust and understanding what everyone is hoping to get from the relationship.

Q: Why should I be a mentor? 

  • A: There are many great reasons to become a mentor including:
    • An opportunity to develop communication, leadership, coaching and mentoring skills
    • A feeling of ‘giving back’ to the industry
    • It is good for your CV, shows you care about the future of your industry and its composition
    • It encourages you to reflect on your own skills and achievements
    • It’s an opportunity to use your creativity and learn from the ideas and experiences of someone who could be from a different generation, background or have different interests, life experiences or expectations, stage of career, sector etc.

Q: What do you look for in a mentor?

  • A: An ideal mentor can help a mentee make the most of career opportunities and support their personal development and self-confidence. They will encourage and support the mentee to achieve their goals.  Mentors actively listen and provide advice to their mentees to help them overcome challenges and get to where they want to be.  Good mentors also provide advice through learned experience.


If you have any questions relating to mentoring please email mentoring@animatedwomenuk.com

If you have a marketing or press enquiry, please email Carrie Mok.

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