During Year Nine, when I was around 13 years of age, I started writing fiction for the first time. Fast forward three more years and I started writing my very first novel. It was a labour of love, as can often be the case with novels, but the thrill of writing something unique carried me forward. My English teacher in Year Nine needs to take some credit for this; he saw the potential in my creative writing and with a little encouragement, he brought out my creative side.
During my time at Coventry University, I found myself in a similar position to my English teacher. Whilst working as a sub-editor on Coventry University's news blog, iCov, I came across some unique and creative blog posts courtesy of the first year students. As they were still learning the ropes so to speak, I had the responsibility of ensuring that the content was all legally safe as well as being as engaging as possible. Encouraging the talented journalists made me realise that this was what I was born to do.
So why the creative industry in particular? The work of artists and authors it has been a fascination of mine for many years. Seeing someone create something completely unique, in a similar way I created my novel, is a massive achievement and one that should never be underestimated. The next challenge, as I have learnt from my own self-publishing venture, is getting this work noticed.
Liaising with the media and pushing out information can be harder than first appears. Having already developed my writing and PR skills, I felt I could use these to help creatives show their work to a wider audience, and even get the media interested. Seeing an article in a newspaper as a result of a press release, or hearing that a journalist is interested in covering an exhibition, is an amazing feeling and always brings a smile to my face!
The final reason for choosing creatives is, pure and simple, I love the industry. Conveying complex emotions and messages, combined with a unique set of skills, means that all creatives are different. It is this diversity that attracted me to the creative industry in the first place, and helping those who operate in it develop, gives me such a great feeling of satisfaction.
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