Films that Inspire a Career in Sport - Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone starring in Creed - image credit © 2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved”

Films that Inspire a Career in Sport - Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone starring in Creed - image credit © 2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved”

The sports industry is very much a mix of high-end action and behind the scenes administration. From managing a team, dealing with the physicality of athletes, to being an actual sports person – there is a world of career opportunities on and off the field, court or track.

While some people are talented enough to play sport, others have made it their life's work to maintain the sports industry as a whole and earn quite a living doing so.  Most of the inspiration are derived from moments on the field of play and some off the field...

Here are a few movies that we believe can inspire a career in the sports industry!

The administration:

Jerry Maguire – "Show me the money", if that doesn't sum up the overall relationship between an athlete and management – then what does! Plus, throw in a love story, Cuba Gooding Jr. winning an Oscar and Cameron Crowe. Careers inspired: Sports Agent! Rating: 10 out of Ten.

Moneyball – a film illustrating picking a team based on stats and cash – which converted to success on the field.  Careers inspired: Sports Manager. Rating: 8 out of Ten.

Patrick Beraud

"...one simple advice for starting any business, settle in for the long haul." - Patrick Beraud founder of Bemoir.

From Accra, to London and Melbourne - Patrick Beraud is taking a different approach to media, memories and real life with the digital platform Bemoir.

Tell us about your career path and how did Bemoir develop? I started in Accra (Ghana) repairing computers, it was around the time of MS-DOS and the name Bill Gates was very much the person leading the pack. I then moved to network engineering, racking up various certificates from Cisco and Microsoft. That base became the catalyst for my landing an exciting job with a company called Computer Information Systems. Overnight I was a Workshop Manager leading over 20 computer technicians and solution architects in the largest Technology Transformation in the West African Region. I learned a lot from that experience, in fact my career genetic make-up is from that experience.

In 2005, after having led many career changing projects in West Africa, I headed to Australia and then in 2011 I moved to London to complete an Executive MBA. I graduated in 2014 and my main business project was featured on the "Internet of Things predicted to add over $14 trillion to the global economy over the next ten years", resulting in the development of Bemoir.

Bemoir has been a roller-coaster journey, more exciting and life changing than anything else I have experienced in the past. We started in London, before I moved it to Melbourne where my family is based, lost the whole team during the migration, then rebuilt the team again from scratch in Melbourne.

Ranina Strohmer

"...the first thing to think about if you want to build up a business is that you need to invest time and money" - Ranina Strohmer.

Born In Madrid and raised in Munich with a South African, Indian and Bavarian background. Ranina Strohmer founder of Ranina-Shop.de provides worldly insight into balancing life as a parent, running a business and being creative.

Tell us about your career as a designer and why did you start your own business? After my A levels I successfully completed an apprenticeship as a carpenter. I then changed my education focus, as I wanted to study architecture, but I found more suitable options for studying in London, these were not as technical or static as studying architecture. With this I completed a one year foundation course including graphic design/fine arts/product design/textiles and after which I went on to study graphic design within a three year BA(Hons) degree.

Following this I moved back to Munich and worked in several advertising agencies to gather experience and knowledge. After several years I wanted more independence and room for my own creativity. So I started working as a freelance graphic designer for agencies, companies and smaller clients. My work had become a business of it's own and was very successful, then my daughter was born.

I had to rethink my situation and find something I could do using the short time frames I had within organizing my new family life. I wanted to do something useful, and fun at the same time. I taught myself how to sew and started to make clothes for my daughter but this wasn’t professional enough for me. So I created the concept of an online shop for kids clothing from small but professional and independent labels.

Terese Alstin founder of NO SIR

"...it is all about prioritizing your resources and making smart choices." - Terese Alstin founder of NO-SIR

Recognised globally as a design pioneer,  Malmö based Terese Alstin is pushing forward a new dynamic in the design industry, with her latest venture NO-SIR.

Tell us more about why you studied Industrial Design and how your career developed from this field of study? I studied Industrial Design because it is a very creative profession, focused on problem solving and making life better. 

In the final year of my studies I did a joint master's thesis with Anna Haupt, where we developed the concept of an airbag for cyclists called Hövding. This became our full time commitment, spending the following ten years developing a product that most people thought was impossible, raising +150 million EUR in venture capital and building a successful company.

Last winter we both decided to leave the company and I decided to start a new venture. Something that really motivates me, allowing me to keep growing, make decisions and provide the freedom to speak my mind.

Explain the idea behind NO-SIR and what are your future plans with the project? NO-SIR is a commercial platform and design brand showcasing “Kickass” Female Designers in the field of interior design.

NO SIR is my contribution to provide more equality and diversity in the design business.

I am No One by Patrick Flanery

Set in the post-Snowden era of creeping surveillance of ordinary citizens and everyday life, I Am No One explores how a world without privacy is a world without freedom of expression.

Jeremy O'Keefe, a middle-aged Professor of History, returns to his native New York after a decade teaching at Oxford, hoping to reconnect with his daughter and rebuild the life he left behind. He settles into the rhythm of a too- empty life, long evenings alone after a day teaching students he barely knows. Then a strange encounter with a young man who presumes an acquaintance he doesn't remember and a series of disconcerting events leave him with a growing conviction that he is being watched.