My first 2 weeks of my first professional job are over. I am pleasantly surprised at how comfortable I feel after just a short period of time. I was extremely nervous on the first day; not knowing what to expect, what everyone would be like and what was expected of me. As soon as I walked through the office door, I was put at ease. Both me and the other intern Hannah were introduced to the team and organisation before being put onto tasks; thrown in at the deep end! We were reassured that we could ask as many questions as we wanted and that no question was a silly one; I feel I will definitely be testing that theory as the weeks go on.
The first team meeting began with discussion around the lack of cake and it soon became clear that this was directed specifically at the chief baker at the table who, it seemed, had promised cake and not delivered. Perish the thought! The sense of team spirit immediately made me feel at ease amongst everyone. The process felt very familiar to me. I felt like I was at university again in a production meeting; something I became very used to during my time studying over my three years in the drama department. As the meeting continued everyone took the time to explain any terminology and specific events or situations that we may not have been familiar with so didn’t feel out of place round the table. I think these meetings are a great way for me to learn about the other areas and what they are doing from day to day in order to keep up with the process as we draw nearer and nearer to the festival.
Within the first few days I discovered that Excel is one of the most highly used programmes and I will learn to love it (apparently). I have always found it daunting and avoided using it at all costs; I don’t think that is possible anymore. I have learnt that it isn’t as scary as it looks and that it has a lot more uses than I thought. I have the feeling I will leave as an excel lover and will begin to use it to organise all aspects of my life.
One of the first tasks I was given was to create an invitation for the outdoor arts festival seminar taking place at this year’s festival. This seemed quite daunting as it would be sent out to board members, arts partners and professionals who to me seemed like VIP’s. There was no need to be worried; I was given all the help and support I needed. I was also reassured that they are all normal lovely people so no need to worry when contacting them.
By the end of the first week me and Hannah were kindly offered tickets to the jazz festival at Hull Truck Theatre. I must admit that I wasn’t particularly looking forward to it as I have never really followed or taken an interest in jazz. Even as we were walking into the theatre we were talking about leaving in the interval if we were not really enjoying it. However, by the time the interval arrived we didn’t even need to discuss the possibility of leaving; we were drawn in and loving it! I found the performance really relaxing and came out of the theatre feeling elevated and so pleased that I had said yes to the opportunity of going. The experience taught me that I should start to say yes to new experiences and events over the summer when I can. I think that will be just as important as the experience the internship will give me; expanding my cultural knowledge and understanding the city more.
As the weeks developed I was given more and more tasks and spent a large amount of time emailing artists and board members. I was also trusted on the phone which was again another daunting task. I found great excitement when I set up my signature on my emails. I now feel like a professional every time I open my emails.
As each day passes I feel a sense of achievement and excitement at what is to come. Although I know that the run of the festival will be one of the busiest and stressful of times of my working life to date, it will be one of the most rewarding. I cannot wait to be involved in the festival atmosphere, bringing incredible art to the city of Hull.
From the Birmingham Rep to the Royal Court, the BBC to the…
There’s something surreal about walking into an office after a humongous arts…