|Theatre, Film and Television|
|Writing, Directing and Performance|
|Press and Publicity Officer|
|Mind Over Matter Theatre Collective|
|Creative arts and design|
|Small business (0-49 employees)|
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A day in the life of a Press and Publicity Officer in the United Kingdom
Work Experience with Mind Over Matter Theatre Collective
What I do
I currently serve as the Press and Publicity Officer for Mind Over Matter Theatre Collective, a theatre collective made up of graduates from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television here at York. I recently went to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the collective, where my roles mainly involved promoting the company through their social media and communications channels, as well as in person.
Skills I use and how I developed them
Organisation, time management and interpersonal skills. I develop these skills through all of the jobs I do for the collective, which require me to be hands-on and focused at all times.
What I like most
Being in an often intense yet highly creative and welcoming environment. The collective are supportive and very helpful, and regularly ensure I know what I'm doing and keep communication frequent and open.
My advice to students considering work
Just be honest and pick something you're genuinely interested in. I got this role through work experience with the collective, and they recognised my hard work and wanted to keep me as a permanent member. Learn skills appropriate to what you want to do and keep track of all the experiences you have, perhaps online - you never know who might be looking!
I'm very happy to answer questions on anything related to work experience in the arts, particularly theatre. I'm keen to mentor a student who understands that hard work really does pay off, and one who is willing to put the time and effort into finding opportunities. I can also answer questions on how to manage time during studies (I still have a year at York left) in order to get the most out of any opportunities you come across.
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