So finally I have had a bit of luck (along with hard work, determination and working ALOT for free)… and I have a job!!
The position carries with it so many possibilities and I am really excited to get started and explore my full potential in this industry. The title of my new position is ‘graduate intern’ but I think I will re-name it to ‘arts administrator’. Mainly for the fact that I don’t see myself as a graduate any more having been out of university for almost 2 years! The company I will be working for are called Opera Brava and the reason I feel we connected so much at the interview is because we share a lot of the same core values such as; encouraging participation for all in the arts and making it affordable, encouraging children to unleash their creativity through unique art form and hopefully giving confidence to loads of children who may normally blend into the background and nurturing new talent in the arts. I also felt that the skills I have gained in volunteering really made me stand out from other candidates. I feel really confident and comfortable going into this position and I have faith that I will do a good job, possibly something I might not have felt if this was this time last year.
I am still working with Caroline Dear, an artist (and Brendan’s mum) who lives and works in Skye. Because of the amount of responsibility she gave me with her website I have really progressed professionally in the arts. I will continue to work with Caroline when I move to Crawley for my new job, as hopefully I will pick up new skills and contacts which will be useful to Caroline and her work.
I am really excited for the next 6 months and have a lot to look forward to. I move from Edinburgh to Crawley on sunday 4th and it’s a little bit daunting but mostly exciting as I feel my adult life has finally begun!! And all before my 24th birthday in August (that was my goal for getting started in life!!).
It just show’s with a little bit of patience, the right kind of support (my parents have been a huge support and have been amazing letting my move back home while I pursue my dream) and a hard amount of work and you will succeed in the end. Hopefully my road to success has moved on to the next level :)
Over and ouuuuuuuuuuut!
I am writing at the end of a very long and no eventful day of application writing.
I woke up at 10 (it’s a Saurday so I allow for a lie in), considered putting on my running gear but decided it would be much nicer to get some lemon curd on toast, a coffee and work on my most recent job application.
I am applying for an internship with the RSA with the arts and society project. This is my DREAM job. Here’s the link to job des etc… http://www.thersa.org/about-us/internships/arts-and-society-internship
So I have been typing away passionately all day about why I want this job and what i can contribute etc… and it is now 5pm!! And the only reason I know why; because I can smell my dinner being made.
The point is, even though I have not moved much from this spot all day, it has not been a waste. Because I have finished and sent off my application for second, third and fourth opinions and can relax a little bit. I actually enjoyed reading up on the project and getting excited about being involved (maybe)! But let’s not get too carried away, I if anyone know the feeling of utter disappointment and knowing you have to re-assess and get back to that big old complicated drawing board!!
I have not posted on here for aaaaages! Mainly because I have been up in the stormy Isle of Skye over Christmas and also because life seems to have taken over. But now everyone is returning to work (everyone but me) I am taking this moment of calm to reflect on my next move.
I guess the main thing is I have decided that by summer 2012 I will definitely be living down south with Brendan. I am in a bit of a limbo up here and feel that living in my childhood room isn’t exactly allowing me to move on with my future. As much as I love my family and love living here I am 23 and need to get a move on.
I have also decided that my ultimate life goal is to set up a charity which will target young people who feel their lives are already pre planned for them. I guess that is one of the fundamental things wrong with society now. People feel stuck in a rut and don’t see how they can reach their dreams and goals. Or even worse some people don’t even have the means to realise what their ambitions are!!
In the mean time I have an interview lined up with a gallery in Glasgow next week for a 6 month internship and I am meeting up for a chat with an editor from a Scottish art magazine to discuss a potential job idea. So- things to look forward to!
Struggling to keep motivated right now. Even running hasn’t helped set a positive outlook which it normally does. Still, I have to keep soldiering on.
OVER AND OUT.
So this is my second post. I posted a wee pic of my puppy Isla last night and said I would explain why she is my inspiration. One of my hobbies is writing short stories and she provides me with plenty of content. She is such a character, everything she does makes me smile (to an extent…). To be honest I think we humans could learn a lot from dogs like Isla. To find each day as exciting as she does would most certainly make an impact on peoples lives. When she is naughty and gets scolded she does not bear a grudge. She will never be aggressive or try to harm anyone to achieve a goal. She is loyal and loving and has given our family her whole heart.
CHEESY BIT OVER WITH! I guess what I am trying to say is Isla provides inspiration for my short stories but she also reminds me that I need to throw myself into the creative industries at full pelt! If I want to actually make anything of myself I need to act positive and put in the hard work. I have had MANY MANY disappointments seeking work in the arts but my time will come and it will come while I am being proactive and positive.
On that note I am off to tick the boxes on my to do list.
“My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet”. ~Edith Wharton