Picture by me :)
So... I really wanted to work in the arts (hahahahahahahaha dickhead) and thought that moving to London was the answer to that and in some ways it was and for others it works out, but for me... nar not really. Maybe if I still lived there it might have but anyway...
So I was on the dole and claiming housing benefits, I sat for a day in my dank flat in Bow, emailing every "arts organisation" in East London, asking for voluntary work or otherwise. It paid off becuase i got an internship with A-side B-side in Hackney and voluntary class assistant work with Core Arts Hommerton.
I got an intrview for an unpaid, full time, 3 month internship with this bigger gallery on the Kingsland Road, like a "big" one and thought this was my break! The interview went so well and in my niaveity, I thought I'd got the internship (I was shown around the whole place, introduced to everyone, spoke to everyone, the girl said I was "perfect" etc, and said it started on the Tuesday)
So then, like a knob, I left the other internship and voluntary work and got kicked off the dole for basically "working too much" even though it was totally unpaid (which means I'd lose my housing benefit and not be able to pay rent £400 a month) ... que emaotial breakdown and a letter off my Dad to housing saying he'd give me £10 a week during the internship so I could still claim housing for the three months and all was well again.
Just that ummm... I hadn't actually got the internship, she just hadn't told me. I emailed to ask what time I should come in on the Tuesday and she said "we'll let you know if you are successful" hahaha... Oh wait... that's not funny.
Lesson 1: Don't assume you've got the amazing full time unpaid internship when you've not had that all important conformation email!
Lesson 2: Writing nice emails, explaining the situation, can sometimes solve everything.
P.S. I was able to resume the internship and get other voluntary work with Core Arts after another emotional breakdown.