Kim’s Story

The Travel Fund helped keep Kim's company alive

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An actress, writer, presenter and producer, Kim challenges people’s perceptions of disability and turns them on their head. As a child Kim was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy and uses a wheelchair.

During her acting career, Kim has delighted in taking on roles where she plays fully rounded characters rather than those she regards as the parts for ‘the one with the medical issue’.

Programmes she has appeared in include: BAFTA award winning Balamory (CBeebies), Wolfblood (CBBC) and a BBC comedy, Boy Meets Girl. On stage, Kim’s roles have included Alan Bennett’s Lady Rumpers in Habeas Corpus.

When the audition offers began to narrow rather than extend Kim’s range, she decided to tackle the problem head-on. Kim set up her own Production Company, Scattered Pictures, in the North-East to bring talent and work back to the region and to create drama and comedy with a fresh perspective and genuine diversity at its core.

Kim’s first contact with The Film & Television Charity was in 2015 when she applied for our talent development programme, the John Brabourne Awards (JBAs). Kim was one of ten applicants to receive an award. The financial support Kim received from the JBAs gave her a boost at just the right time.

“Not only was my JBA an enormous confidence boost in an industry so full of rejection, the extra funds enabled me to continue pitching my projects.”

I am based in Newcastle and I had just maxed out my credit card on project /company costs, when I was at a crucial moment of finalising a development deal with the BBC. The Film & Television Charity’s talent development programme helped me get to meetings and pay accommodation costs. That particular comedy project went on to showcase at the BBC Salford Sitcom Showcase 2016.”

In 2016, Kim applied for and received financial support from our Charity’s Travel
Fund to help with her travelling costs to meetings which would advance her projects.

“The Travel Fund has helped keep my company alive. There’s the phone and Skype but you can’t beat face to face meetings and networking opportunities when discussing creative projects, which invariably take place in London or Manchester”.

“In the North-East, there is a big problem of a lack of funding for indies. Even when funds are available you must provide 100% ‘cash match’ and this makes life very difficult when your resources are so low. It’s early days for my company. I don’t have a salary. My heart and soul and every spare penny goes into my projects. The Film & Television Charity’s support has without a doubt helped my company survive. My projects would not be moving forward at the pace they are now, if it wasn’t for the Charity.

Currently, Kim is writing and producing a number of screen projects in collaboration with multi award winning indies, and has just received another script commission from a leading broadcaster.

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