"The people more than anything keep me in Stoke-on-Trent. There's such a vibe of creativity – artists, poetry, hip-hop – and I love being involved with all of that."
Cynthia Coady. BA (Hons) Advertising Film and Music Video Production
A filmmaker who fell in love with Stoke-on-Trent while studying at Staffordshire University is urging other young people to stay in the City.
Cynthia Cody, 23, moved to Stoke-on-Trent from her hometown of Northwich in Cheshire to study BA (Hons) Advertising Film & Music Video Production.
Despite planning to keep her head down and not make friends Cynthia soon found a family of like-minded people inside and outside the university.
Describing her experience, Cynthia said: “It’s been crazy, I’ve met the best people in my life.
“It's fair to say that that I came to university thinking I don't want to have friends, I just want to get on with the work and pass. But if I didn't have friends I don’t think I would have got the grade that I did.”
Cynthia graduated with a first-class degree and is now working with the BBC Sports department in Salford on a series of short documentaries.
She hopes to use this experience to kick-start her career and ultimately become a film director yet Cynthia is passionate about making Stoke-on-Trent her base.
“The people more than anything keep me in Stoke-on-Trent. There's such a vibe of creativity – artists, poetry, hip-hop – and I love being involved with all of that.” She explained.
“I love that it's just in the middle of two big cities so I can go to Manchester or I can hop on a train and go to Birmingham.”
Cynthia is also part of a collective which has ambitious plans to stage a film festival locally. She hopes that showcasing home-grown talent will encourage more graduates and young people to stay in the City.
She added: “I really think that Stoke-on-Trent is going to be a happening place in a couple of years. It just needs more people like us to be the driving force for it!”
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