15 July 2016back

Creative Internships Blog Week 37

Sophie Potter, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Before starting the internship, I remember looking through the blogs of last years’ interns, and feeling particularly nervous reading the final blogpost from Louisa Turner (RWCMD’s last intern). She described event managing The President’s Dinner, an annual high-profile event at the College to celebrate the successes of the students, and to thank and acknowledge the generosity of the College’s supporters. She talked about the need for attention to detail of all aspects of the event; taking charge of the itinerary, making sure catering was just right, that the performers were on-time, knowing the names and faces of all guests attending… It certainly sounded like a very stressful task.

In the past month I am glad to say that I have well and truly faced my fear of events, and managed this year’s President’s Dinner with success. Surprisingly, I found the adrenaline (and exhaustion!) of the night exhilarating, and soon realised that although one person is responsible for managing an event on the day, it is the hard work and collaboration of so many people that make an event successful.

One week after the President’s Dinner, I worked as Event Manager at another Development event – a reception held as a soft launch for a suite of scholarships in the name of Sir Geraint Evans, held before the first student performance of Falstaff. This particular reception had had a lot of tricky components, and since then I have come to a fairly obvious conclusion; meticulous planning and preparation are key to a smooth running event.

In the last month of my internship I can already feel the gear change in responsibility and capability, and I am undoubtedly much more employable in the arts than I was 9 months ago. I can already feel this last month flying by, and I am so looking forward to exciting future plans. 

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