I never had a clue what I wanted to do as a career, but I always knew two things; that I wanted to work in a field where I didn’t have to sell anything to anyone and that I loved storytelling. Music, films, TV, reading and theatre were the things I really loved.
I did English and Philosophy at university because I knew that could lead to anything. While I was at university I fell into writing about music and loved being able to write about something I was passionate about. After a couple of years travelling and getting experience in lots of different temporary jobs, I applied for millions of jobs knowing I wanted to move to London and was lucky enough to end up at a place where I have now been for six years, writing about theatre and working for a not-for-profit arts organisation.
When I heard about Arts Emergency I thought it was a brilliant idea because the arts can seem like a daunting place to work, where everyone knows everyone. That doesn’t need to be the case and it can be an incredibly supportive, brilliant area to work in and be a part of, but we need to guarantee it’s as inclusive as possible to make the arts in the UK even better.