Day 302- Darren, 19, Shetland

I work at Debenhams Part Time, I create content for BBC The Social as well as create videos for my youtube Darren now lives in Aberdeen and is a finalist for this year’s Sunday Mail & Steven Brown Art Young Scot Awards.


Which young Scot inspires you?
My good friend Theo Forbes inspires me because of his passion for change. He speaks at conferences, actively encourages others to get involved in politics and issues that affect young people. We are currently working on a documentary together discussing the importance of young people. The documentary is called ‘Young Peoples Referendum’. Hamish Somers is another Young Scot who inspires me, I admire his commitment for acting and working with others . He is currently studying In London.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland and why it is important to me is the community. I have had constant support from everyone around me including people I have only met once. Everyone likes to help and support one another.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
One thing I would tell older generations about young people is to continue supporting them like they already have been. I have received a lot of support through the years from the older generation which I really appreciate. It has helped me get to where I am.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is getting the recognition for my recreation of the Spider-Man Homecoming Trailer. It has also inspired and encouraged others around me to continue working on the things they feel passionate about. It has lead to so many incredible opportunities, I have been interviewed on TV and in multiple papers which has built my confidence. It has also lead me to be up for a Young Scot Award which is surreal.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
Starting a production company in the future for younger people who do not have a lot of experience in the film industry is something that means a lot to me. I want to try and bridge the gap and help young people gain work in the industry.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Advice I would give to young people in Scotland is to never give up on what you are passionate about. Passion brings out the most potential in my opinion. You are never too young to start your journey.

If Darren’s story has inspired you, why not share it on social media using the hashtag #MyStory365 or visit the ‘Get Involved’ section to share your own story!

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