Josh Cockcroft (Class of 2008), Producer, Climate Spring
Climate Spring is a a charitable development fund for TV and film projects about climate change.
How did CLS get you ready for the world of work?
CLS gave me the opportunity and the space to spend a lot of time in the theatre, even though I never studied drama. I was part of the tech team from 2nd form and in 6th form got to produce two plays in the theatre. It’s certainly more difficult in the real world – not least as you have to pay people – but CLS gave me a crash course in how to do everything that I am working on now. CLS was also incredibly supportive in terms of my dyslexia and dyspraxia throughout and helped me build the strategies I needed to not just ‘cope’ with them, but make the most of how they make me think.
What was your first job?
Working at the Old Vic Theatre as a fundraising and production assistant. My highlights include having to find Judy Dench four seats for a sold out show an hour before curtain went up, and serving out of date beer at a press party. I was a terrible assistant.
Your biggest professional achievement?
Definitely setting up Climate Spring. Stories have immense power to change not just people's minds but their behaviour too, and if we are going to come out of the other side of this climate crisis, then we need to change quickly!
Your most challenging professional moment?
Me and my cinematographer being denied visas to go and film a politically sensitive feature.
What inspires and motivates you at work?
Finding and helping writers craft stories is essentially what I love to do. You learn something new with every project, and get to work with brilliant people with entirely different takes on people and world.
One piece of advice for pupils and other Old Citizens about getting into your profession?
Working in different areas in different industries gives you a brilliantly diverse skill set, work in lots of different places, see what you find interesting and do everything you can to understand why companies and industries work the way they do. Ask people questions!