“Educating a New Creative Class”
20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox

What IF you faced your fears?

Being a teen is scary at the best of times. Especially when you’re considering coming out to your friends. Students from Manchester College encouraged young people to take leaps of faith (whatever their fears) in a pitch-winning campaign for Twentieth Century Fox.

Twentieth Century Fox set the brief to launch their new film, ‘Love, Simon’

‘Love Simon’ is a feel good coming of age flick about a boy who’s fallen in love – but he hasn’t told his friends of family that he’s gay. It’s based on a book by  Becky Albertalli.

Our students got sneak previews of film footage alongside creative inspiration sessions to help them craft a digital campaign that would get teens flocking to cinemas to see it.

Our story with Twentieth Century Fox

Working with the film giant has been such a buzz for our students. It’s been great for the creative team at Twentieth Century Fox, too, who’ve been able to get inside the heads of their perfect target audience. Now they’ve said ‘thank you’ to our students by inviting them to their own preview film screening in March, before Love Simon hits our cinemas in April.

And, of course, the teachers from Manchester College got lots out of the creative camp, too. This is what one of them had to say:

“This has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had as a teacher. I have seen students who were too shy to answer questions in class grow in confidence over the course of a week to the point where they could pitch their ideas to 20th Century Fox professionals.”

Three ways to face your fears

If you’ve been as inspired by the students at Manchester College as we were, here are three ways you can overcome something scary.

  1. Imagine everything going well
    It’s easy to let negative thoughts bring you down. But instead, try pushing those ideas to one side and imagining all the good things that could happen once you’ve faced your fear. It’ll motivate you to keep trying.
  2. Ask, ‘what’s the worst that could happen?’
    Be honest. Really honest. Perhaps you’ll risk looking a bit silly, or someone might not agree with what you have to say. That’s okay. Once you’ve pictured that worst thing, laugh at it. Imagine it not affecting you. Then go back to visualising all the good things that could come your way.
  3. Try yoga, mindfulness or meditation
    If you can feel your heart rate rising a little too rapidly, step back. Do something calming to take some of the anxiety out of your problem. That could mean trying a yoga class, or practising slower breathing in a meditation session. Or even picking up a mindfulness colouring book to take your mind off the problem, for a little while at least.