7 April 2015back

Creative Internships Blog Week 26

Louisa Turner, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama



I have a great sense of accomplishment this week. But also relief.

After 2 months of slogging away at the same application, I have finally sent it off! I made sure I kissed the envelope… (Apparently that’s a thing in fundraising). In fact, I practically snogged it I was that happy to be sending it!

Although, I must admit, I got very frustrated with all the re-drafting I did, I feel I’ve made a huge improvement with my writing skills. So even if it doesn’t get a ‘yes’, I can still feel happy that I’ve accomplished something and enhanced my writing in the long term. It’s quite a fitting time really. Easter is sometimes related to fresh new things and a time to clean out all the old cobwebs and I now feel I can start afresh on something new and I’m ready for a new challenge.

Speaking of challenges, a few weeks ago, I, like Ava below, made my ‘television debut’ on Made in Cardiff. It reminded me of how it is such a skill to be able to stand in front of people and speak eloquently about what you do, and how prepared you need to be before you go into these situations. Having a passion and love of your work does help significantly, but it’s also good to have a few key points worked out in your head beforehand.

It was a really good chance to express just how much the Creative Internship scheme has benefitted me. At the end of the internship, I’ll be able to put on my CV that I’ve had a full 10 months of practical working experience in an office environment. I am now much more attractive to an employer because of this, not to mention the fact that arts organisations around the UK are in much need of fundraisers, so I can confidently say that my career prospects seem much higher than they were before.

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