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What are your plans for the future? I am working with the York Settlement Community Players (an amateur theatre company) making a photographic record of their journey from “page to stage” as they prepare for the York Mystery Plays this year. The results will be on display in Leeds during November and in a local magazine.


I’m about to embark on a census project, which will run through to early 2012. I’m going to work with the Parish Council, local primary school and a local home furnishings business and take photos through the census to capture life and all the key events in the village. I’m looking for photos by anyone from the village and working with the school will be a great way of spreading the word


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and getting people involved.


The children can link the project in with their school work and it will help their creativity. I’m really hoping that this project will help to foster the community spirit which already exists in the village. A local business has been kind enough to offer some wall space so we can exhibit the work locally for the entire duration of the project. I also think it is a way of giving something back to the community.


What advice would you give to someone thinking of pursuing a creative career? Do your research and talk to others who are already working in a creative career. Link up with a group or society and do some good old fashioned networking! It’s amazing how many


people are prepared to talk to you, listen and help. Last but definitely not least, don’t give up. Always look forwards. Even if everything looks hopeless, try changing direction. Draw on past experience but never go backwards.


To find out more about Michael’s work, visit www.michaeljoakes.com.


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