Oli Page came along to THIS IS IT! Birmingham last month, as he was nearing the end of his Creative Employment Programme placement. He writes about how the internship helped him, and how his future is looking bright.
Getting my chance with the Creative Employment Programme was really important for me as after numerous voluntary positions both before and after university, I had found my opportunities limited with nothing more than dull desk jobs. What I really wanted was the chance to get back into the arts and prove myself.
The chance then came to take on an Assistant Producer Internship with ArtReach. When I took on the role I knew I had a tremendously busy summer of festivals and events to get stuck into, but I couldn’t wait to get started.
Working in the Leicester Creative Business (LCB) Depot with ArtReach has not only been a great opportunity, but also a real eye opener as to how challenging and satisfying this line of work can be. Working towards events such as Night of Festivals and Journeys Festival gave me the opportunity to work with a vast array of different people and community groups in workshops. It was really rewarding to see individuals who I had helped be able to go out onto a festival stage and perform so well. As well as the community participation element, there was also the chance to work with brilliant creative programmes featuring talented musicians and visual artists from all over the world.
I have learned so much about how festivals and events are like this are delivered and not just the “fun” stuff! There’s a lot of hard work, determination and perseverance needed, but that is nicely balanced with a friendly community of support and amazingly gifted and talented people.
I now feel ready to take on my next role with confidence and a wealth of experience behind me!
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