- Age: 26
- Borough: Hackney
- First placement: Sadler’s Wells Theatre
- Second placement: Stratford Circus Arts Centre
- Role: Community Arts, Learning and Engagement at Sadler’s Wells and Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Pre-STEP, I threw myself into countless creative roles, in order to gain as much experience as possible.
From producing events at Royal Albert Hall and Brixton Jamm, to volunteering for a HIV charity, to working on radio projects for Roundhouse, Global and Student Pride – I’ve tried a bit of everything in order to find out what I ultimately want to do. Through this work, I have discovered that I’m really passionate about diversity and inclusion, especially in theatre and radio, which are extremely hard to break into.
I am so grateful for my time working in Learning & Engagement at Sadler’s Wells as it cemented my commitment to community work and the power of the arts. I developed lots of transferrable skills in working with people of all ages from different backgrounds and gained a new network of professional contacts.
While COVID-19 still prevents us from planning too far ahead, STEP has given me the confidence and determination to find my next permanent paid role in the arts
What are you doing next?
I am currently working on two podcasts that I look forward on developing. One of the podcasts is called Queer Ear which I produce for Roundhouse focusing on LGBTQ topics that don’t get enough mainstream attention. The other is about former reality singing competition contestants and the impact they have had on the music industry.
I will also be mentoring young audio makers creating their first work for the WADUP podcast. Other than that, I am open to looking for a new full-time job in the arts as well as finding funding for some new creative projects that are in the works. Wish me luck!
What was your highlight of the programme?
My highlight of the programme was working on socially distanced performances at Sadler’s Wells in September after a long period of being furloughed. I got to assist with stage management for the show due to the skeleton staff working in the building (this never would’ve happened pre-COVID), and get to know the young performers really well due the reduced number of dancers we could work with. It was incredible to be a part of a show that reopened the theatre and will go down in the organisation’s history.
Describe your experience in one sentence
“STEP has given me better mental health, job satisfaction and financial stability in a year that turned the world upside down!”