James Corbin shares his story at HKF’s 25th Anniversary at the House of Lord’s.

James Corbin at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of HKF in House of Lords.

Being able to break barriers and set new standards is not something most people are able to do, yet James Corbin, award-winning trailblazer and HKF bursary winner has done so with impeccable grace and humility. With impeccable style, a smile that could light a room and a heart of gold, we sat down with James to ask him a few questions about his life since his journey with HKF began.

What made you apply for the bursary?

At the time I was in college, my career’s advisor really saw the potential in the things I wanted to achieve in the future and recommended me to Helena Kennedy Foundation. I then applied for the Helena Kennedy Foundation bursary because I knew I was going to pick a course that requires students to have so much more equipment.

What were your circumstances?

I was coming from a single parent household and it just wasn’t in my circumstances to afford creative softwares, textbooks and camera equipment – without excessively working myself while being on an intense full time at university.

What difference did it make?

Helena Kennedy was there to give a helping hand not only with the monetary bursary but the amazing team that will check in with you and link you with industry professionals in your field.
To this day I have an amazing relationship with Shahida, that will still think of me and connect me with industry professionals.

What would have happened if you didn’t have the bursary?

If I didn’t have the bursary, I would’ve worked incredibly hard at university but also work too many hours outside of university to fund the resources I need.
These things really effect students mental health and their academic abilities – as we all know.

What are you doing right now?

Now I am an award-winning television producer and I work in fashion as a model and an art director. I’ve had to pleasure of working with brands like VALENTINO, Gucci, H&M, Levi’s and publications , Vogue & i-D Magazine. I currently produce radio shows at BBC Radio 1Xtra butstill working towards bigger projects and something of my own in the very near future. I have had Helena Kennedy Foundation’s support all through it all.

What advice would you give to Bursary winners?

My advice is for all of you that have got this bursary, is to utilise this as a helping hand and make the most of it. Expand your network, go that extra miles with your studies and use the facilities Helena Kennedy provides – it will make that big difference in your life and career.

Kirsty Young, Dr Julie Mills OBE DL, James Corbin and Baroness Helena Kennedy of The Shaws (left to right) at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of HKF in House of Lords.