"You have to push and reach out to people," says filmmaker, photographer and director Meji Alabi, who has worked with artists including Tinie Tempah and WizKid, and whose production company JM Films produced the Nigerian segment of Beyonce's Black is King film. "Opportunities don't just come from nowhere, they come from you preparing and being in the right place at the right time."
Treading the path from self-shooter to high-profile director spearheading music videos for artists including Skepta, Wiley and Wretch 32, Ashleigh Jadee is a big believer in taking a leap of faith and believing in yourself. "A lot of people hold themselves back," she says. "I always say to people, you don't need the best things to get started. Just use what you have. The most important thing is just getting started. You'll figure the rest out."
That's something self-taught Dutch filmmaker Basha de Bruijn, whose work includes campaigns for major music festivals and charities, has also found. When she discovered her passion while working at a broadcasting station aged 18, she was told she was too young to direct. After skipping university and film school to learn on set, she shot her first international commercial aged just 22.
Here, Meji, Ashleigh and Basha share their top tips for building a name for yourself in the film world, from developing career-defining connections to making the most of ever-evolving technology.