who we are
what we do
Named for the Cornish words for agency and mediator, Mayn Creative bridges education and industry, offering clients the creative skills and approaches of current and former students, and in turn, allowing them to test, enhance and validate their skills in a commercial environment. Our intention is to support our student contractors in realising their personal value and the value of the skills they are practicing and developing.
how we work
We employ Falmouth University student contractors in 3 tiers:
Volunteer student contractors shadow or assist Nominee and Associate photographers in order to develop their skills and confidence. Clients are expected to cover any relevant travel costs as well as refreshments if location- based work extends beyond 5 hours. The Volunteer tier presents an opportunity for us to test our working relationship with the student contractors. Once it's clear that their relationships between themselves, the agency, and other contractors has been positive, as well as their work being of sufficient standard, we offer them promotion to the next tier.
At this tier, student contractors are signed on to the Payroll and they are remunerated at rates we've set for their specialisms. A result of this is that more is expected of their work and how they manage their time and working relationships.
From the September after a student has graduated, or if they are a current postgraduate student of Falmouth University, they can talk to us about signing on as an Associate. They would be employable by us on projects that require their specialisation and they set their own rates. As they are now professionals, Associates are signed on as suppliers of the university and there is a separate contract they need to sign. Ideally, Associates have been Nominees during their undergraduate years but this isn't mandatory.
Why we do what we do
Our student and graduate contractors possess great skill, talent and potential and we respect and value them in ways we couldn’t describe.
We offer them a place, a crucible, to practice and deepen their learning of the skills they are acquiring. A place to challenge them to do their best work in service of our clients and to discover the great value of what they can offer.
They will leave the university to become the next generation of dedicated practitioners, thoughtful leaders and critical followers.
We do what we do because we are investing in the future.
Why we no longer work for free
Our student and graduate contractors have invested time and an alarming amount of student debt in their futures. It is no longer sustainable for us to offer their services at no cost. Apart from the internal validation that comes from remuneration our contractors benefit from being paid in the most fundamental way: it helps them live.
work with us
Please note: We require minimum 10 working days' lead time for photography projects and 15 working days' lead time for video productions.