A group of award-winning media talents and TV executives from the global media industry have launched a new cloud gig platform for talented freelancers with a focus on African talent (www.iamnativ.com). This inspiring online market offers a space for both buyers and creatives to register for free, connect and communicate across the globe with ease, without the costly and time-consuming need to travel; a truly advantageous benefit in today’s turbulent pandemic situation, where travel is severely restricted.
Born from the understanding of the growing creative market, predicted to become one of the largest in the world – the African Diaspora creative community – their aim was to create a space that would help to harness, nurture, and grow this fantastic sector of talent; sorely needing the opportunity of access in order to flourish and truly reach its potential.
The NATIV community consists of a broad range of award-winning and experienced individuals in and from Africa, all sharing the desire to help impart their knowledge, experience, and connections to assist both experienced and budding new talent find the necessary work to pursue their passions and showcase the genuinely amazing skills they have to offer. Including Bafta-nominated and award-winning Nigerian-British actor/writer/director Cyril Nri, Canadian-British Ex BBC TV executive Jane Mote, Bafta-nominated Gambian-British actor Babou Ceesay, multi-award-winning Ugandan-British filmmaker Caroline Kamya, and many other uniquely talented individuals. The team supporting NATIV are some of the top people in their industry from around the world and wish to help provide others with the support/access required to achieve their goals and dreams. Drawing together talent from a range of big film industries including – Hollywood, “Britwood”, Nollywood, Valleywood, and Ugawood – all uniting to unleash African creativity and help it to flourish.
NATIV is simple to use, only requiring access to a computer and phone; with full personal technical support being provided. New buyers and creatives can register for a profile – all candidates are screened and vetted prior to their profiles going live, to ensure a fully transparent and high-quality service for both buyers looking for talent and sellers looking for work. Once registered, creatives are able to list their unique range of services/skills for prospective buyers to actively browse, and buyers can likewise list their project requirements for prospective talent who have the necessary skills and would like to submit a bid for their services.
This platform is uniquely inspired and will help to unlock African media talent from around the world, extending their reach globally and removing the limitations of their current geographical borders; not to mention the convenience of remote communication and working, which is essential in today’s difficult times; where services can be procured, rendered, and efficiently delivered online and at short notice. NATIV has already started with a great community full of ambition and drive, who will keep building on this unique platform; providing a global service to help tap into the fantastic talent available across the African Diaspora community worldwide. A bright future beckons for African creatives.