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Northampton woman inspires youngsters
Kahren William
Kahren has worked with the stars and wants to tell you how you can too

A Northamptonshire woman is helping young people to reach their full potential with a new Facebook campaign.

Kahren William from Northampton is taking part in the Guiding Lights campaign.

It's run by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to motivate young people who are thinking about their futures.

It also helps inspire young people with tips and advice from those who have already succeeded in life.

Working with Royalty

Kahren is an Events Production Manager who's worked on the Brit Awards and with Prince William and Harry to organise the Concert for Diana.

"I get to travel all over the world and I've worked with some great celebrities. I have met so many young people along the way who ask how can they get a job like mine. Now I really have the chance to help them," said Kahren.

People don't always have the time on the job to teach you things, so you need to have courage.
Kahren William

Kahren used to work as a supplier for a lighting company until she was made redundant 14 years ago.

"I was forced to go out as a freelancer which I never wanted to do as I liked having the backing of a large company. But it was all about networking, letting everyone know you're available," she said.

It was through this that Kahren's name became a major player within the industry and she landed the biggest jobs.

"I've held the dressing gowns out for Status Quo as they came off stage and I even got to drive Michael Jackson into the O2 arena for his press launch which appears on the 'This Is It' film!"

Kahren believes her drive and determination helped her progress in her career.

"People don't always have the time on the job to teach you things, so you need to have the courage of your own convictions to go ahead and do what you see needs doing," she said.

She hopes the campaign prompts teenagers to consider careers and professions they may not necessarily have thought of.

"My advice to young people who are interested in this industry would be to learn hard, work fast and think on your feet. It really is a case of seizing the moment, having the confidence to jump in and using your initiative," she said.

For more information on the Guiding Lights campaign visit the Facebook page.

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