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Ray interviews Anne-Marie from Minding Creating Minds

Ray and Anne Marie fni

Hi Everyone! This Friday, 21 April 2023, our partners Film Network Ireland(FNI), are hosting the second of their Bi-monthly networking events; Spring Sprung Networking and Valley of the Mad will be there!

Our Cofounder Ray @ray.mongey will chat with Anne Marie Shields, the Director of Minding Creative Minds(MCM) and BIMM, about the support and resources available to you if, as a creative person, you run into difficulties.

Anne Marie has worked across the arts in Various roles for over 30 years.

She is an experienced company director, film music supervisor, artist manager, and educator with an in-depth history of working in the entertainment industry and senior roles in higher arts education. She is highly skilled in event and production management, artist management, record label management, music licensing, higher music education and early childhood education. She obtained a BA (Honours) in Psychology from UCD and a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher and Music Education from the University of Middlesex. As director of Minding Creative Minds, she brings a wealth of experience as a professional development and career mentor and her in-depth knowledge of psychology and well-being. 

Anne Marie will take questions on MCM’s services, such as anxiety and stress, legal assistance, financial assistance, and career and life coaching. All of which are of significant interest to us here at Valley of the Mad.

There will also be an opportunity to listen to Frank Berry, who will speak at the event. Not only is he an accomplished and award-winning filmmaker, but he’s also made some powerful and thought-provoking films that have made a real impact in the industry and deal with some very thought-provoking social themes. 

But that’s not all – there’s also a live performance by the incredible Leila Jane singer! If you’ve seen her perform before, you’ll know how amazing she is, and let us tell you, she has a voice that will give you chills. 

FNI also have their notorious speed networking rounds, projects, and script pitching. So get working on them. Leave any preconceptions at the door and put your best foot forward, have a business card ready and a good opening line.

For more information and tickets, go to

See you at 7 pm this Friday at La Rocha (formally Northern Soul) 

6 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin 7.

About FNI

FNI has been supporting the mechanics of the Irish industry for over ten years and has had a rip-roaring last 12 months. With over 20 thousand members, be sure to check out their industry Film and Tv Community on Facebook @filmnetworkireland and follow us on Instagram @filmnetworkireland 

Check out their Podcasts, Fni Wrapchat, on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and, of course, on the Headstuff Podcast Network. 

They create significant opportunities to network with colleagues and collaborate throughout your career, including opportunities for funding throughout the year.

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Ray and Dan started Valley of the Mad as a brand focused on mental health. Our aim is to raise awareness of mental health, support those that may be finding it difficult and improve access to resources.

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