Mentoring - SharingStories Foundation

Image: Kimberley Benjamin, Mentee

Mentoring the Next Generation

Mentoring Opportunity

Are you an emerging First Nations digital content creator ready to develop your technical skills and enhance your personal growth? Would you like to be mentored by one of Western Australia’s most renowned First Nation artists and be surrounded by other like-minded creatives?

Applications are now open for four Regional Media Mentorships, commencing in July 2024 in Broome, Western Australia. Emerging content creators are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be based in Broome Western Australia or able to relocate to Broome to undertake the Mentorship at the Regional Media Hub.

In 2024, SharingStories Foundation is offering four Regional Media Mentorships, designed to develop the next generation of First Nations content creators in the West Kimberley.

Co-designed with photographer/filmmaker/designer/poet and Lead Mentor Michael Jalaru Torres, the mentorships will be delivered in a culturally safe learning environment in Broome, and provide employment pathways for young First Nations peoples in cultural leadership and digital media roles.


Delivered across 12 months, the mentorships will empower early career content creators to reach their full potential through the opportunity to grow life and industry-specific skills.

Mentees will commit 6 hours a week in person & will be expected to complete personal projects outside of these hours at the Mentoring Hub or at home. The program will run two nights a week and on a Saturday, ensuring the program can be as inclusive as possible.

Based at a dedicated Hub space in Broome, the 20-week Program will be delivered across 4 x five-week blocks, commencing in July 2024

Weekly activities will include:
4 x hours of group production work - skills training OR project work with Regional Partners
1 x hour peer review with all mentees
1 x hour individual mentoring - with lead mentor Michael Jalaru Torres or where appropriate, a matched mentor
4 x hours of self-directed learning - at home or the Hub to complete project work

Mentees will undertake 4 x local professional work placements/secondments/attachments & site visits to professional studios, projects & events, designed to expose mentees to all potential opportunities and ways of working. In 2025, Mentees will undertake a professional development trip to Made In Katana’s state-of-the-art podcasting studio in Sydney and visit the Sydney Film Festival.

Skills development:

  • Film
  • Photography
  • Sound
  • Lighting
  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Content creation
  • Cultural leadership
  • Basic business skills
  • Digital Graphic Design

Mentees will gain confidence in diverse media production capabilities, and deepen their practice and understanding of the arts sector through one-on-one mentoring, group media production, peer review, peer networking, and online training. Mentees will be expected to undertake self-directed learning, develop a portfolio of creative works, and undertake industry work experiences to complete their learning.

The benefits of the mentorships will include:

  • Increased digital media skills in the region
  • Pathways to self representation & strengthened ownership over the media processes
  • Pathways to live and work on Country
  • Expansion of an Aboriginal media workforce for hire
  • Expansion of culturally safe content creation teams
  • Goolarri Media
  • Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre
  • SKUTTA project
  • Mayi Harvests
  • Garnduwa

Applications are now open. Emerging content creators are encouraged to apply.

Applications open: Friday 27 March 2024
Applications close: Thursday 2 May - 5 weeks
Selection process: Friday 3 May
Mentee interviews: Thursday 16 and Friday 17 May
Offer of placement: Friday 31 May 2024

SharingStories Program Manager
Brooke Small
0438 694 644

Regional Media Hub Manager
Michael Jalaru Torres
0400 569 688

Media Mentorships will be offered to four early career/emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content creators within the first 5 years of their practice, including:

  1. Emerging content creators who have been producing digital media for a minimum of 12 months (online or offline) and can demonstrate a basic understanding of media equipment and can show examples of what they've created.
  2. Professional artists within the first 3 years of continual practice may also apply and be asked to show examples of their work or portfolio.

SharingStories Foundation will shortlist applicants for an interview and notify all applicants if they have been selected or not. Selected applicants will attend an interview in Broome on Thursday the 16th and Friday the 17th May, with Djugun-Yawuru man and Regional Media Hub Manager/Lead Mentor Michael Jalaru Torres, Pitta Pitta woman and SharingStories Foundation CEO Sharon Williams, and Program Manager Brooke Small.

Each mentee will receive a travel allowance with the potential for additional payments towards mentorship activities. Further information will be provided to applicants.

Applications have closed.

All applicants will be contacted shortly.  See above key dates for more information.

Thank you to our project supporters:

Tier One - ILA
Tier One - ACA
Adobe 1
In Kind - Simpsons

Image: Michael Jalaru Torres, Lead Mentor

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