27 January 2015back

Creative Internships Blog Week 16

Olivia Richardson, NoFit State Circus

Tomorrow is my 23rd Birthday and so for this post, I will list 23 things that I have learnt from NoFit State so far:

  1. To juggle.
  2. To Diablo.
  3. To fly!
  4. Keep a ‘to do’ list or you’re setting yourself up for failure.
  5. Sometimes you’re going to get a ‘no’ and that’s fine – learn from it.
  6. There is always something else to do.
  7. Prioritise (This can be very tricky though!)
  8. To write a successful funding application.
  9. To write an unsuccessful one!
  10. To read between the lines. What are they really saying?
  11. To listen – properly! This also fits with number 10.
  12. It’s okay to ask for help.
  13. If you don’t ask, you don’t get! (Sometimes you might get something without asking, but don’t rely on this. You’ll be waiting a long time.)
  14. Read it. Re-read it. Get someone else to read it. Read it again.
  15. Network!
  16. In-depth research goes a long way. You can never do too much research.
  17. It’s very easy to under-estimate how long a task is going to take.
  18. Printers/Photocopiers have a mind of their own.
  19. PLAN AHEAD. Preparation really is key.
  20. There is always time for another cup of tea.
  21. The importance of maintaining a relationship and keeping communication running.
  22. Money really does make the world go around and art organisations seriously need your help and hard-earned cash!
  23. Working 9-5 at the circus really is the way to make a living.


Four months has flown by – so has 23 years for that matter. If you told me a year ago I’d be working at the circus I’d have laughed it off, but so far it’s been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.  At NoFit State there is an unequalled priority of ‘family’ and this applies to not only the people who work for the company but also everyone who encounters it. From class members, to show audiences we are all an integral part of the circus community. Here, I genuinely feel I have a part to play. I may only be a temporary cog in the (sometimes a bit messy but on the whole) well-oiled machine, but I feel like I am a necessary and appreciated cog nonetheless.


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