So week four has to be my favourite week so far! I made a really lovely new friend and have finally, FINALLY got the hang of everything.
Monday was pretty uneventful, I did the usual answering emails, the phone, updating the accounts and sending out some invoices to companies. I also emailed lots of press and tried again with getting through to the radio stations about featuring us, but unfortunately have still heard nothing back from them. I sent out loads more press releases to some newspapers and emailed some on-line journals, but no one seems to be getting back to me. Just keep trying I suppose.
I also was given the task of sorting out all the posters and flyers, updating the ones to be displayed and making interesting displays for Camden Fringe. Here’s one is at the top of the stairs:
(It looks bigger and cooler in real life, promise!)
The rest of the week was great, as I was given my very own intern to look after! A sixth form girl was doing a week of work experience at The Etcetera and I basically had to show her the ropes. It was a great learning experience for me (I found it so useful to explain everything to another person, it helped me remember stuff I hadn’t been through in a while, like how all the tech room and lights worked) and such a confidence boost to be a bit in charge of someone and helping them out with stuff like TicketScript (the website we sell our tickets through) and box office work. It also made me realise I know loads more than I thought I did. I feel so confident with all my responsibilities and I’m not afraid about messing up any more. I also had a couple of afternoons where Gabby (‘my’ intern) and I were totally in charge of all the get ins, getting together equipment for each company, box office work, cashing up and ushering. On one occasion, I even tech’ed for a Comedienne whose technician had failed to turn up to the show. It was very hectic and stressful, particularly when the audiences were large and box office was manic and difficult to manage. I also did little things for the first time, like making the tannoy announcement that the box office/house was open. I was really scared about looking silly (which is such a silly thing to be nervous about!) or unprofessional, so was very reluctant to do it. I’m a pro now, ha ha!
I also learned how to deal with difficult people. Every so often someone would be a bit rude to myself or Gabby, but on one occasion a man was so shockingly rude to us he actually really upset me. Even though I really just wanted to call him up on his behaviour, I realised the best thing to do was stay calm and polite to diffuse the situation and remain professional at all times. I’ve never encountered a situation like that before, so it was certainly a learning curve.
I had tremendous fun though, too. I became friends with Gabby quickly and really enjoyed working with her. I feel so much better about myself and my abilities after this week. It”s Camden Fringe next week and I can’t wait. I know I’ll be able to handle it.