Talk about busy! No time to be bored. Definitely have plenty to do. Actually, more than enough. This week I worked extra hours on my Tuesday and then worked on the train to and from PACT on Wednesday, as well as finished off some work when I got home. With deadlines looming, my conscience (and work ethic) really wouldn’t let me walk away from the week without having ticked off more of the jobs on my list. If I was to ever work in Sydney and was using public transport to get there, I think this would be one of the hugest challenges for me. At the moment in my paid employment, I usually keep working until the jobs are done. I have never been good at working my set hours. This is good and bad. In 2014 The Australia Institute released a report valuing the unpaid overtime that workers donate to their employers at $100 billion. It would be impossible to work like that if I had a train to catch (and I wanted to stay married)!
I don’t know how PACT would get along without interns. At the moment there are several projects running or in development, all requiring a huge amount of publicity to try and get audiences in. With little to no budget for advertising, PACT relies heavily on social media promotion and direct e-mailing through their e-News subscription and targeted e-mails to the contact lists they’ve built up over time. The marketing coordinator only works two days a week and the artistic program manager works three days a week. That’s pretty light on for human resources.
A brand new area for me was discovering the world of “listings”. There are loads of websites that offer an event listing service, all of them free. Some charge for listings with more details, but most of the ones I worked on this week allowed me to upload images and quite extensive details about PACT’s upcoming events. Learning about this is invaluable – it’s definitely something I can use in the future if I’m involved in any kind of producing or marketing role. Does it pay off with bums on seats? It would be interesting to know as it was quite time consuming.
I worked on new project this week. BBM Youth Support partners with PACT to offer a travelling scholarship valued at $8,000 to a young emerging performing artist to travel to the UK and further their professional development. I created the webpage and began the targeted marketing to get the word out through universities and other arts organisations. This year’s scholarship recipient is Christie Woodhouse, a UoW Bachelor of Performance graduate. Christie and I have a coffee date planned on her return because she is learning all about socially engaged arts practice, visiting theatre companies in the UK that have been working with marginalised people for many years. That’s something I’m very interested in talking about with her.
The other big job of the week has been interviewing each of the PACT Collective artists and releasing their interviews on social media as a promotion for their upcoming performance, Listen! I’m telling you stories, 22-25 July. You can find my interviews on the PACT Blog here.