Music Manic

So this week has just been one of my favourite weeks at 20Twenty so far. It has been so eventful and I have met some amazing people. So lets start from the very beginning of the week. On Monday we had rehearsals for the children that have committed to the Original Music Project. The rehearsals went really well and everyone was extremely focussed.

Then on Tuesday myself, Katherine and some volunteers traveled to LONDON to be part of an amazing workshop hosted by BAC Beatbox Academy. I was a little nervous about joining in at the workshop as the workshop was primarily for beatboxing and rapping, which I can not to. However, every single one of the people at the workshop were so friendly and insisted that I got involved and I got to sing in a way that I have never done before. The experience was truly fantastic and I hope to work with them again in the future.

The excitement doesn’t stop there, I then was given the opportunity to stay in London and meet some of the most motivated and passionate young adults in regards to changes we want within our community. This experience was also like no other and we all learnt a lot off each other.

Thursday I was back in the office, but it was no normal office working day, but then again it never is. The children from the original music project came in to record their three stunning songs that they had created. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and we will be continuing with the recordings today so that the songs are done and ready.

So that is just a quick look into what my week has been like at work and I can 100 percent say with complete certainty that I have worked with some of the most inspiring and talented people I have ever come across and I am so grateful for all the experiences I have been apart of this week. So with this week over, I prepare myself for net week in which I will be hosting the Easter Workshop this year and I am super excited for it. I will let you know how it goes!

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The Journey Continues…

I have been working for 20Twenty for about 7 months now and everyday is more amazing than the next. I love my job because you can never predict what is going to be happening within the day. Weather I’m going to be in the office updating data or being sent to London, I look forward to everyday just the same. Looking back on these 7 months have been amazing and I thought I would just share with you some images of my journey with 20Twenty so far. I look forward to the rest of my journey and all the other unpredictable days to come. I have met some truly remarkable and talented people at 20Twenty and made some great friends. I am constantly learning something new everyday.

Starting my apprenticeship was super nerve-racking for me and I remember being super scared at first but I had a lot of support from the 20Twenty team and I jumped straight into it. Before I knew it I was planning my first project ‘The Winter Wonderland’ and doing things way out of my comfort zone.

Before 20Twenty I didn’t particularly like acting in front of others. I used to do acting at school however my acting was not as good as my singing and dancing abilities which would make me move further away from acting. However, 20Twenty has made me love acting again, I still have a long way to go before I reach the standards I want my acting to be but I don’t feel embarrassed anymore when I am acting. I remember my first couple of weeks at work and I had offered to step into doing a show for Black History Month due to someone not being able to do the performance. With little time to learn lines and learn the blockings for the whole show, I remembered feeling never scared and I felt slightly pressured because I didn’t want to let anyone down. This is because everyone else performing in the show were amazing young actors that had worked together for a long time to create this show. However, everyone was so supportive and appreciative that I wanted to step in and help. That friendly and warm welcoming motivated me to want to act more and I am now part of the Boundless Youth Theatre where I have met some amazing and passionate young people that have made my experience at 20Twenty so amazing and I appreciate every single one of them for happily welcoming me to the team . I have hundreds more amazing memories from these past 7 months but I feel that I have gone on for long enough. So here are some images of just a few moments of my fantastic journey and I am proud to be one of the lucky people that wake up everyone morning excited to go to work!

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Happy Valentines Day!

This half term week has already been filled with rehearsals, acting, dancing, singing, crafting and the week has barely began. On Monday we had an all day rehearsal with our All Stars Youth Theatre, rehearsing for the Pride Rock Show. They received Act 2 of the Pride Rock script and excitedly got straight into it.

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If that wasn’t enough, Tuesday we had a full day of rehearsing with our Boundless Youth Theatre for the High School Musical Show. I am happy to say that I have joined boundless and therefore have a part in the High School Musical performance. Yesterday’s rehearsal was very effective and so many laughs were shared between the group.

Now it is Wednesday and also Valentines day! Whereas as most people will be celebrating love, the connections youth theatre group will be rehearsing hard for the first performance of their show ‘When They Go Low’ on the 2nd of March. I will be doing the lighting for this show which I am very excited for but also quite nervous as I am normally the one under the lights, not doing the lights. However I am ready to give it my best shot and fingers crossed everything will go great!

Back To The Office!

Christmas is over and I am happy to be back at work. We started the first week back at work with a BANG and I hosted a volunteers party for all the staff members and volunteers that have contributed to 20Twenty throughout 2017 and celebrate everyones dedication to the organisation. The volunteer party was lots of fun, especially when the games began. We played Charades, Pictionary, Act it out and so many other games that had proven to be so much fun for all the volunteers. I’m now looking forward to the youth theatre sessions that are starting up again tomorrow and will keep you updated on my journey at 20twenty throughout 2018!

Christmas is almost here!

My last day at work until Christmas break!! I had a lovely conversation with my boss today and we were talking about my past 2 months working at 20Twenty productions. I had confessed that I have finally reached the stage at work in which I can efficiently and confidently work individually with no problem and no constant requesting of help due to confusion or even the nervousness of doing something wrong. I believe I have completely adapted to my work and I know what to do and how to do something in any situation I am put in.

Although I’m excited for my Christmas break and for me to stuff my face with so much food, I’m slightly upset that I won’t be at work. This is because I do really love my work and 20Twenty productions has become a huge part of my life. I am one of the very few that loves there job and I know I will miss being in the office and especially the youth theatre sessions. However, I am going to use this break to my advantage and come back in January ready to go

Have a Merry Christmas!!

My first project!

Yesterday I managed my first project for 20Twenty! I was very nervous and excited about the Winter Wonderland workshop as I wanted it to go really well. The results of the workshop were great and better than I was expecting which I am very pleased about. Something I have learnt this weekend about managing this project is that everything isn’t going to go exactly how you have planned but the skill is to just work around the problem. At first, I would feel threatened by any minor issue or incident and would therefore turn to another member of staff for recommendations. However, throughout the event I learnt that I couldn’t keep relying on other people to solve the issues that needed to be faced and I started to make my own decisions which proved to be a good choice.

Overall I had a great time at the Winter Wonderland workshopand I am extremely happy with the results from the event. I can’t wait to start organising and managing my next project. 24176657_1767043953328202_2397725587520722541_n.jpg24232295_1767043943328203_4826573025971863786_n.jpg

Don’t feel guilty about needing help!

During these past couple of weeks I have learnt some really important life lessons that will not only help me at work but life as well. I have learnt that it is okay to ask for help or assistance if it is needed and if I am stuck on what I am doing. I have always believed that asking for help shows weaknesses and suggests that you lack in skill. This belief was caused by my stubbornness and my desire to have the ability to do anything and everything perfectly by myself . During my time at 20Twenty Productions I have come to realise that you need to ask for help from others in order to progress and this doesn’t mean that you are incapable or weak, it just means that you are still learning and sometimes help is required to save time and have the best result.

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