When she lost her retail job because of Covid, drama graduate Juno Evans decided to sign up for our new, free Introduction to the Creative Industries course. It’s given her the confidence to pursue her dream of becoming a playwright. This is her story.
I’ve been wanting to work in the creative industries for as long as I can remember. My dad [Owen Evans, one half of the Nimmo Twins] is an actor and I’ve grown up in theatres. There wasn’t an opportunity [to do anything with her degree]. I want to be a writer, but I needed some support.
Introduction to the Creative Industries seemed like the right course. It was really appealing, the idea of doing these weekly sessions and having a mentor in Adam Taylor [The Garage’s Executive Director]. Also, with Covid I had the time, and it was something that was going to benefit me in the long run.
I knew a bit about the industry and wasn’t sure if I’d get much out of it [the course] but I’ve ended up learning loads which is brilliant. It’s filled in the bit that was missing in my degree – what do you do after you’ve done that bit, how do you actually get work.
It’s the idea of learning different skills that can be used for any creative industry job and understanding things like budgeting, how to get funding, things I hadn’t even thought about before.
I was a volunteer for the Big Summer Production of Aladdin, working on the set design, costumes, and things like that but [for the course] we’ve not got to come to The Garage. It’s all been done over Zoom which is a new experience, but they’ve made it work really well.
We’re still getting as much of the experience that can be offered while having to limit ourselves. We’re still getting to meet incredible people from different parts of the industry and make connections and relationships with them which is really cool and interesting.
I’m loving the course. It’s been a lovely and fun experience and so beneficial. It’s really made me want to work in the creative industries for certain now. I’m hoping to end up being able to write plays or scripts. I’ve made the decision with the support of Adam to apply for my master’s to do scriptwriting at the University of East Anglia so I can have more time to focus on that.
I’ve also considered taking part in one of The Garage’s Scratch Nights. At the moment it’s more about trying to find somebody I’m comfortable with performing what I’ve written. I do want to put something on there at some point.
I would 100% recommend applying [for any future courses]. It gives you an amazing overview of the creative industries and an understanding of the world you will work in.
The Introduction to the Creative Industries programme was funded by The European Social Fund and granted by Norfolk County Council. It was for people aged 18-25 who weren’t currently in education/training and were unemployed or economically inactive and lived in Norfolk or Suffolk.
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