This last term of uni has been very challenging and a very emotional rollercoaster. At the beginning I was very motivated because I really wanted to earn a work placement in a musical production in London as assistant stage manager or costume assistant, or just any assistant role. But even after sending cover letters and CVs, and after knocking at stage doors and asking personally for experience, I had to give up because time was running out and I needed to complete at least one of the requirements of the brief.
So I have been asked to help in the art department at “The First Annual House Project Awards Night”: my job was to help building the decorations that Jan made and to help set up the Dark Room for the after party. It was a very nice evening, well planned and it looked like all the guests and the lecturers enjoyed the night. The award moment in particular, the atmosphere was very cheerful and everyone was having fun (a lot of alcohol was going around too).
This shows that not always a lot of time is required to assemble a successful event, it just needs the right planning, the right decorations and the right people.
After that Lia and Tsion came up with the idea for “The Screen School Cinema” and, at first, me and Mana have been asked to take care of the art department and to interview people after the screening. At first we wanted to have a themed night so we thought about what kind of decorations we could have, but then, since it was the first of a series of movie nights and the movie genres were quite different we discarded the idea. But for the next one, which should be around Halloween, we will definitely decorate the room.
We promoted the event everywhere: social media, email, uni… But we didn’t have many guests anyway, which is ok because we weren’t expecting a lot of people since our event was planned to be small. The next time we will surely book a smaller room so the atmosphere can be even cozier.
Interview people was very challenging for me because I’m not really comfortable with speaking my second language in front of a camera, but I actually really enjoyed it. Everyone was really nice and made jokes, and gave funny answers.
We also experienced some drama right before the start of the event: a student, who wasn’t part of our team, was asked by one of our team members to help with the risk assessment, even though he was told that if he needed help he could ask one of us. Both of them didn’t say anything about it and the day of the event we found ourselves with this risk assessment signed by both of them and with her demanding to be credited for a work that we didn’t even need. Thanks to the help of our lecturer David Clement we managed to solve the argument and go on with our plans.
Overall I can say that, even after the first disappointment, I actually had fun over the rest of the term and I have learned that communication is very important and not everyone is aware of that. Now I’m just looking forward to write my dissertation.