Keen beatboxer and artist Carlos Lamprey is drawing on his own experiences to get more young people to think creatively about their future.
Concerned that others his age are not encouraged to pursue creative careers, the 26-year-old from Leeds is showing how acquiring these skills can unlock hidden potential.
‘Whether it’s performing in front of a crowd or sketching in my private time, being artistic is like an escape and has allowed me to become more confident and open-minded,’ explains Carlos.
‘Occasionally when I’m busking, people come up to me and say they enjoy my performances, which makes me feel as though I’m making a difference to other people’s lives.
‘I’ve come across some very talented people over the years, but most of them end up doing something they don’t enjoy because they have bills to pay, which is a sad reality.
‘I want more individuals to realise you can make it in the creative industries - it just takes persistence.’
With the help of Fixers, Carlos and his team have created a short film exploring the many benefits of being artistic.
Featuring himself, the piece shows how a career doing something you love is the key and encourages viewers to chase their creative dreams.
Watch 'Let's Get Creative' at the top of this page.
‘We absolutely love the film,’ says Carlos.
‘I think, particularly in schools, there’s a huge emphasis on traditional professions, but pursuing a career in the arts is hardly ever mentioned.
‘I hope the film at the very least gets young people and adults alike talking about a job in the creative field as a realistic prospect for their future.’
In order to attract as much attention to the issue as possible, the group want to share their film on social media.
Talking about his aims for the campaign, Carlos adds: ‘I want young people to feel like they can do whatever they want and not settle for something they’re not passionate about.
‘I know what it’s like to fall on hard times, but expressing myself through something I love has made me the happiest I’ve ever been.’
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Fixer Matt Davidson is also encouraging others to get creative. Find out how the performing arts have positively impacted his life.