Give a little…

This weekend A Star Media pulled a mammoth 11 hour film shoot, all for a good cause, as we filmed the first Mansfield Music Festival.

The event, hosted by Children’s Brain Tumour Events, was arranged by our friend Tracey Crosby to raise awareness and money to fund children’s brain tumour research.

Running from 11.30am to 11.30pm there were lots of things for us to film, including tonnes of fantastic local bands and dancers, a UK Garrison troop of Storm Troopers, a princess and our very own Katrina Atherton face painting along with a few famous faces.

John filming Andy Scott Lee

John filming Andy Scott Lee

To support the event John also made a montage of photographs of children who are fighting cancer and some who have lost their battle.

As a small business our Video production Nottingham team always try to do our best to help charities, especially local ones, and while we may not be able to provide funding, we do our best to provide something to help worthy causes like this, and we encourage other businesses to do the same!

To find out more about Children’s Brain Tumour Events you can visit their website , and keep an eye on our blog for more updates on how the film of the event comes along!

Motivating Mansfield’s Post 16 Learners

Last week I had the privilege of sharing the story of A Star Media at Mansfield’s first ever Youth Conversation.

The event, organised by the Mansfield Learning Partnership, gave post 16 learners the chance to discuss their career choices and how they were finding their education.

I was invited to give a motivational speech at the beginning of the day, a pretty daunting task when times are so hard for everyone, especially for young people when the future looks so uncertain.

I decided to talk about my time in education, and how my career choices changed from wanting to be a teacher, a nutritionist and a journalist to eventually becoming an entrepreneur.

Katrina giving her presentation

Katrina giving her presentation

I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I was at school, and I wanted to let the young people at the event know that it’s okay to be unsure about what you want to do, and it’s okay to change your mind.

I think young people are under so much pressure to achieve academically and it’s really good that the Mansfield Learning Partnership is offering local young people the opportunity to learn vocational skills.

It was really good to see so many young people taking an active stance in their education, and proving everyone wrong when they say teenagers don’t know how lucky they are!


One of the County’s Star Start Ups

A Star Media, were named as runners up to the New Enterprise of the Year at last week’s Nottingham Post Business Awards.

The duo beat off fierce competition to reach the finals, and were the only business from Mansfield to be nominated at the prestigious event.

The team at A Star Media

John and Katrina get their finalist certificate, awarded by BBC Presenter Nick Owen

Director, John Starkie, said ‘we’re so proud to have got this far, the other businesses at the awards have started with tens of thousands of pounds worth of investment. We started the business while we were still at university from nothing. It just goes to show how far we’ve come in the last eighteen months.’

Established in December 2008 A Star Media have worked tirelessly to grow their business during the economic downturn, building a reputation of great quality and excellent service.

Business Director, Katrina Atherton, who was awarded Chad Young Business Person of the Year in 2009, said ‘we were really in awe of the other business people at the event, but the judges must have seen something in us to put us through, we’ll keep working hard and hopefully win it for Mansfield in the future!’

Inspiring Young People

The video production team at A Star Media are always trying to help young people aspire and achieve. We’re passionate about helping youngsters really think about their career choices and encourage them to investigate future jobs.

Our Business Director, Katrina Atherton, has worked with numerous organisations to help with events in schools designed encourage such activity. Recently Katrina has helped judge enterprise events for Formation Training Career Champions, Maverick Minds and Young Enterprise.  Giving up time to lend expertise at such event in schools provides young people with real insight into the working world.

A Star Media actively promotes and endorses all such activity. That’s why we wanted to introduce everyone to a fantastic organisation called Pods4Jobs. Pods4jobs is a fantastic website which encourages students across the UK to actively seek out information on different career paths. What’s brilliant is that to do this they must visit a business and conduct a video interview. All the pods are then uploaded to the Pods4jobs website for any young person with internet access to see, providing a unique and valuable insight into career paths that may otherwise remain unknown.

If you feel like creating a pod or know someone that might be interested please get in touch with Pods4jobs. Don’t keep it a secret, spread it around and share the love. Our video production Nottingham team will be promoting Pods4jobs in the local area and creating pods ourselves to share with the world. Watch this space for more details.

Have a look at the Pods4jobs website