Our awesome 28th genYOU Story comes from aspiring filmmaker Henry Raft! Henry has attended heaps of our generationYOU events, so we were stoked we could interview him for our genYOU Stories series and find out a bit more about his goals.
Name: Henry Raft
Current Role: Recent SAE Creative Media Institute Graduate and aspiring filmmaker.
Could you tell us a bit about yourself and where you are headed in your career right now?
I’m a 20-year-old aspiring Film Producer/Director who has recently graduated from SAE Creative Media Institute where I studied my Bachelor of Film Production. Some of my interests are filmmaking, photography, fashion and lifestyle.
At the minute I am also working my casual retail job which I have been at for over 4 years while finishing high school and my degree. While this provides an income, I have also put myself through additional unpaid internships along with paid and unpaid freelance film work (Client videos, Short films etc.) which is vital to land a full-time job or consistent work in the industry that I have chosen – as a portfolio of work is a necessity.
My career goal for next year is to transition out of my current retail job and land a job with a television network or production company in order to work on projects that challenge me creatively.
How has or how is generationYOU helping you achieve your goals?
Honestly, I’m very thankful that an organisation like generationYOU exists and is tailored to younger people like myself that are studying or in-between getting the job they want.
I remember the first time I attended one of their events. Lisa Renneisen introduced herself to the audience and held up 2 wrapped gifts and said to everyone “Who wants a gift?” The majority of the crowd were looking around puzzled like “What does she mean?” There were 2 gentlemen in the crowd that walked up to her out of 80 people and she handed them the gifts.
She had told them both to open the gifts in front of the crowd. 1 gift was a bag of lollies and the other was a $100 gift card. The moral of the story was that they took the risk out of the 80 people there, approached her and got something out of it either way. Whilst the rest of us were sitting there empty-handed.
What I have gotten out of generationYOU is to go out there and do the thing, take the risk no matter what the outcome may be. Just do it as you never know when another opportunity or moment is going to come your way again.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
There is honestly an array of inspirational people out there that can empower different aspects of your life. Since we are focusing mostly on careers, there is currently a mentor that I have found quite inspiring in terms of the industry that I am about to break into, being filmmaking.
His name is Michael Hanson. He is the Director for a company called HumanizeYou. His company focusses on telling the deeper story of a company, brand or business through visuals. He is able to connect the viewer through creating a corporate video that is displayed through his high end videography style and storytelling.
He is a go-getter, motivated, intelligent and gets it done. Exactly the type of person that I want to surround myself with. As I’m writing this I have actually reached out to him to sit down for coffee and see if I could be the right fit for his company.
What is the one piece of advice you would love to share with your millennial peers as you reflect on your own journey?
The one piece of advice that I have for everyone is that we are in the best position of our lives to be trying new things and taking risks. Don’t overthink it too much, as we are young and have a lot less to lose. If things in your life are seeming a little more difficult than usual, you must be making progress!