The reason I have this blog is that someone told me recently that she's reading a book about careers, which advised her that it's worth investing a lot of time and money in your career to make sure it's the right one. To that end, I've decided to go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for 19 whole nights to write as much as I can for the FringeReview website, and also to cover the Edinburgh International Book Festival for the South Asian Literature Festival magazine. I hope to make lots of good connections and really try to get in there and network. I very nearly quit my crappy market research job in order to go for the entire festival, and while it was tempting, landing back in Brighton with no money and no income and also having to move house just seemed foolish (because it is). So I did a sensible compromise, so I'm happy with that.
Being involved in FringeReview is excellent as it has allowed me to get press accreditation for the festival. This means I can request review tickets from fringe venues, rather than having to buy them, which would indeed end up costly.
I'm impressed by the scope of media they award accreditation to, and it really reflects the increasing range of publications – the list includes bloggers and podcasters, and people who write for purely online publications like FringeReview. This is great because there are SO many shows on at the Fringe that it could end up that most of them do get some form of coverage, in one way or another.
Not only is Edinburgh masses of fun, and many of my friends will be there, but it also is a dream situation for making connections in the arts, publishing and comedy industries. A bunch of people who are all in one place to do one thing has got to result in great connections being made I was always intending to go for a little while, but I've just decided that I need to do it in a focussed way.
So, I'm grabbing the wolf by its ears, and carpe-ing that diem. What other way is there? I'm off to make some business cards.