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Scholarship fuels entrepreneurship for young alumnus
At just 25 years of age, Morgan Way has already cracked a notoriously difficult industry as one half of Way Ward Films – a production company he co-founded with fellow Bachelor of Digital Media (2012) UOW graduate Sam Doyon during the final year of their degree.
“Sam and I just clicked,” he recalls. “We started directing and producing short films together, and a feature film in third year. Then we started the business side of it, and just kept rolling on from there. It's just not stopped; it's been great.”
Way, who had always aimed for a career in film, says that receiving a $3,000 scholarship in 2011 from the Learning and Development Fund was integral to realising his entrepreneurial dream so quickly. Originally from the Shoalhaven, the scholarship also helped lessen the financial burden of living away from home, allowing him to focus on creating and learning, and on setting the wheels in motion for his business.
“I used it to help with equipment purchases for the business and for our filmmaking ventures, so it really gave us a base to create better work with better equipment,” he says. “The scholarship gave us a head start; it allowed us to really push to make the high quality work that we wanted to make, and set in stone our creative style. That meant we could make a name for ourselves much more quickly.”
“I'm very proud of the business that we have created. We've built something from basically nothing; it's just been through hard work and dedication, and our passion for this industry.”
Having gained a leg up in the notoriously difficult industry through the L & D Fund, Way pays it forward, providing inspiration and opportunities to others looking to emulate his success. He has given talks on entrepreneurship to alumni and students, and delivered lectures to digital media classes. Where possible, he also offers young people the chance to gain valuable on-set experience. “It's hard to get a foothold in this industry; it's hard to get an opportunity to see some of the work actually happening.”
Now, as the business continues to grow, Way is firmly focused on steering Way Ward Films to greater heights.
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