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"I JUST WISH SOMETHING LIKE THIS WAS AROUND WHEN I WAS A YOUNGSTER IN THE NORTH EAST"

A word from our patron - Jon S. Baird

​​Jon S. Baird is a Scottish Film director, born and raised in the North East of Scotland. His tv & film work includes Stan & Ollie, Filth, Cass. Babylon and Vinyl. He has worked with producers including Martin Scorsese, Jim Carrey, Mick Jagger and Danny Boyle, as well actors James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly.


" When I was a young boy growing up in the North East of Scotland, the thought of telling people I wanted to be a film director seemed almost far fetched and unrealistic. It wasn't until my Dad took me to see Oliver in London when I was 8 years old, that a spark ignited and I realised I wanted to tell stories to audiences. Many creative people I have met, have talked about a specific moment like this. A moment that set them on a path for the rest of their lives. It's incredibly exciting to hear that Ten Feet Tall Academy will be offering these moments in abundance to many young people across the North East of Scotland. 


 A young person's involvement in a good arts program, should be about much more than performance technique. Building confidence, teamwork, imagination and social skills are all key elements. The fact that Ten Feet Tall Academy has an emphasis on these aspects, will be hugely beneficial to any young person involved in their classes. 


Talking with Adam and his team, I get the impression they wish for the Academy to become an extended family and a great deal of care and thought will be put into delivering in the best way they can. Whether their students wish to head towards a career in the arts or develop their interpersonal skills, this is a place where making an impact on the lives of their students is a priority. I'm proud to be Ten Feet Tall Academy's patron and wish that something like this was around when I was a youngster in the North East!"