Having worked out at 19 that I’m just not a proper “”artist”” but am deeply in love with the arts, I figured I could help in another way and have formed a career in helping to showcase the arts and support artists. After doing youth theatre as a child and being part of the costume department at the National Youth Theatre, I decided to study a Foundation Diploma in Art + Design, whilst studying I got a job at my local arts centre as an usher. The job let me see the whole world behind theatre and cinema and understand that the artists and performers need people to support them. I wondered if I could do a degree in that, and you can!
I did my BA in Arts and Event Management at the Arts University at Bournemouth, graduating with a first and a wealth of experience, knowledge and contacts that were priceless. I got my first job as a Marketing Manager before graduating. My experiences at university prepared me for the working world, let me make mistakes and learn from them and gain experience and insight into the world I was about to join.
Alongside working as Marketing Manager, I helped out with a initiative for young people in Dorset aimed at making young people get into the arts by enabling young people to set-up a website and market it. My role was to teach them a bit about marketing and events and guide them as they chose how they wanted to get the word out.
I now work for an arts, faith and justice festival called Greenbelt where I curate a programme of music, comedy, literature, spoken word, visual arts, theatre, dance, talks and much more. I wouldn’t be where I am now if I hadn’t had such a great university education and access to all that came with it, and that’s why I want to be part of Arts Emergency.