If you work in the arts sector, you’ve probably caught sight of the Guardian’s piece on the fickle nature of acting, and the ultimate toll it can take on actors (also worth a read is Katie Brennan’s musings on that piece).
Basically its harsh trying to make it as an actor, and at the moment I’d extend that to all of us working in the cultural sector – it’s tough out there at the moment and getting tougher. Continue reading
Usually I love being independent and not working simply for one organisation.
I love the flexibility, the variety, the ability it gives me to follow multiple interests simultaneously, the avoidance of office politics and the fact I don’t have to sit through team meetings. I don’t like ‘being told what to do’ but oddly I love working with clients to get the results they want – I think the difference is about coming in as an equal rather than being squashed within a hierarchy. Continue reading
I’ve delivered two arts projects in 2013 that have been funded through Arts Council England’s managed funds (not quite the same as the new strategic funds which still require a degree of open application).
Basically they were the funds ACE could allocate itself to seed work, push agendas and fill gaps.
Both projects went really well – achieving their aims and generating support, ideas and enthusiasm. And there is momentum in both to continue, which is excellent and … but how to go about this? The discussions go something like this… Continue reading
This week I was written about – or rather a piece went up on Disability Arts Online’s site based on an interview I did with trainee journalist Lynne E Blackwood. It’s odd seeing yourself through someone else’s eyes.
I particularly liked seeing my passion come out – the reasons why I do what I do.
“The world is not a fair place. The world’s never been a fair place. But I think it’s getting crueller and more unfair Continue reading
I’m having circular thoughts and experiences at the moment – and finding it surprisingly helpful to re-read my own words to put them into context.
Recession-think pops up every now and again. That slight wave of nausea that comes when opening the newspapers or reading another tweet about arts cuts, redundancies and closures. I re-read How to avoid recession-think: swim under waterfalls Continue reading