When being an independent sucks

one white cloud in a blue skyUsually 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

You can’t always get what you want: dealing with rejection

a door with a graffetti heart on it and then the word 'nope!' written next to it.I’ve been applying for lots of opportunities recently – part of my strategy of trying new things, partly because the pattern of my work seems to have shifted from a few large contracts to many small pieces of delivery.

With a great number of applications, comes a mixed bag of responses – some yes, some no, and some are in between (do more and resubmit).

It’s in the midst of this that I’ve been reading Resilience: facing down rejection and criticism on the road to success, Continue reading

Commenting on the impact of comments

a self portrait of me reflected in a window - so you see two of me.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

Here we go again: what to do when you are caught in a circle

a photo of the ends of rolled up paper, so it looks like a series of spirals placed one on top of another - in blue.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

Food for Thought

doing not just thinking The creative case for diversity - plus cartoons of people and the words diversity, creative case and artA different kind of post today – the visual evaluation of a project I worked on earlier in the year.

It’s from Food for Thought – a series of curated meals to discuss diversity and the arts, specifically the Creative Case, Arts Council England’s innovative approach placing difference at the centre, rather than at the edge. See what you think and let me know.

If you want the audio described version – click here.

If you want a version without the background music – click here.

And if you want a transcript – email me directly – joverrent (at) mac.com

Phew!