Hi! I’m Amelia,
I work in the arts and I don’t really believe in job titles.
I do believe in sharing our knowledge and experiences with each other, which is what this website is for. I also believe that if we’re really being creative, then our careers probably won’t fit a blueprint.
I never imagined at dance school that a few months after graduation I’d help to raise £35 million to reopen The Roundhouse. Or that from there I’d end up becoming a music blogger and working for record labels, run a music management and events company and curate stages at international festivals. I’d have laughed if you’d told me I’d sit on the board of a dance school I didn’t get in to (!) or judge other people’s funding applications. I definitely didn’t think I’d win any awards or become a Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow.
I was convinced I’d become a choreographer. I didn’t.
Most of us working in the creative industries are making it up as we go along. Which is hard. If like me, you wish people had been a little more honest about how things really work, this site is for you.
If there’s anything I’ve learned from working with hundreds of artists and people in different creative fields, it’s that half of the battle is working up the courage to show up. The other half is figuring out how the hell to make our ideas work.
I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I’ve worked with some brilliant people and organisations over the past 15 years from whom I’ve gleaned some really helpful insights, which I’d like to pass on.
I’d also like to say, for the record, that no one really knows what they’re doing - you’ll be fine.
If you want to know more about the who, what, where and whens of my career you can find me on Linked In