Interview with Betina Rex Producer at Rapid Eye (mentee) and Louise Richards Producer at Motionhouse (mentor)
October 2018, Copenhagen
What is your motivation for participating in the mentor program?
Betina Rex: When I applied, I just started as a producer at Rapid Eye. This was an excellent opportunity to get insight and information from someone who has been working as a producer for a long time. When I started at Rapid Eye, I did not have an overview and clue about what the job of a producer actually is. Then this possibility came up and it was a brilliant way off getting a clue.
Another motivation was also to get new connections and expand my national and international network.
Will you recommend the mentor program for others (if yes then why?)?
Betina Rex: I will definitely do that! The possibility of having a safe space and working with someone who is just there for you. With your colleagues, there is almost always something at stake.
I will also recommend the mentor program because of the great potential to get a national and international network through the other participating mentees and mentors. In this mentor program the mentees and mentors meet several times altogether – we are in the same boat and now we know each other.
What do you gain from mentoring?
Louise Richards: I think it is important as an experienced professional to give back. People in the arts have a duty to support the new upcoming talents and ensure the next generation isn’t always re-inventing the wheel. Plus, I really enjoy it and I believe I learn about my own skills and experience too. It’s definitely a two way process.
What defines a good mentor/mentee relationship?
Louise Richards: Every mentor and mentee relationship is different. There is no one set of rules. You have to figure out your shared language. Honesty and trust are the most important thing – and the ability to speak openly. As a mentor you must listen to the mentee and maybe read between the lines to understand where they are at and what is the most important thing to start with – this then influences the journey ahead. Then its about dialogue.
Have you, at this point in the program found any unexpected learnings?
Betina Rex: I mainly had unexpected learnings! The program I applied for was focusing on audience development. However, I must admit, that I have not really used it for this so far. My focus have been on building a professional base.
Louise Richards: It was immediately apparent to me that Betina was doing too many things! She had to identify the right path for herself before anything else otherwise we would have been working too superficially. So my first role was to facilitate this unpicking and shedding of expectation. Working with audience development (which was her chosen focus), you have to have a solid foundation and build it up from the ground. It is not something you can put on the top or wear like a badge.