Tomorrow is my final shift. I feel so emancipated!
I decided if I were doing one part time internship I may as well do two, and have submitted for an editorial position on a website and got an interview lined up for next Tuesday. They are also promising a paid position for the right candidate in the new year. Wahey!
While this is going on, I also have several side projects: one with a wonderful friend from Sydney and talented journo/photographer Liz Schaffer and one with another wonderful friend I’ve made just in the last few months here in Brighton, Jack Groom, an international man of mystery and Christmas Elf (see him at Churchill Square in Brighton!).
With Liz I plan to compile an edition of in-depth feature articles on interesting people who aren’t famous. Regular people who have fascinating stories and make interesting use of their time in the world.
Jack and I, meanwhile, intend to go into documentary film making, because I once expressed an interest in doing so, and he thought he might also like to give it a crack. We tossed around a few ideas in the pub last night and now we have a shared online workspace! I am very excited. We agree that we’d like to make something that will incense people and also something that is fairly local to us in Brighton (makes commuting a lot easier when you can walk).
Additionally, I have a little idea to work on all on my lonesome, something I would have found useful myself in the past year: a manual for people intending to move from Australia to England on a working holiday visa, as I did. The idea is that it would contain lots of little vox pops and funny stories from people who have done it recently, along with practical information on stuff like bank accounts, supermarkets, tax, the state of the rental market and stuff like that. I had an idea last night that I could do this and publish it digitally, which would be good for people as you don’t always want to lug books with you when you’re moving overseas, and probably allow me to actually get it published. Neat, huh?
Thinking about everything I’ve said in this post, something I read a little while ago is ringing true: the idea of friends in low places. The idea that the people who know you and know your talents are the ones to be working with. You know them and their talents, and you come from a place of mutual respect, not a lopsided arrangement where one of us is helping out the other. I have often reflected in these past months that having a job in media seems like an exclusive club that I just don’t have the password for, but I have to remember that my humble friendship circle is a pretty good club to start off with.