So as I approach the end of my apprenticeship at 20Twenty Productions, I cannot believe that it is almost over. I thought I would do a final blog and just talk about what I have achieved, my amazing experiences and how grateful I am to have been a member of the 20Twenty staff. So if you like soppy stories, then you are reading the blog for you.
Some of my best achievements through 20Twenty was my projects and events that I planned, organised and managed. The first event I ever got to plan for 20Twenty was the 2017 Winter Wonderland. It was called ‘Around the World in One Night’. The workshops were country themed and each stall had a different activity for the children to take part in. I remember being very nervous about this event because it was the first project that I planned and managed. Of course there was a couple of times in which I look back on and think I should have done this, but I enjoyed every second of it and this was only the start of the many more projects that I got to manage.
I also got to not only direct the 2018 Easter Workshop, but I also wrote the script. I was so so excited about seeing my script come to life on stage and performed by the children attending the workshop. The show was called ‘Holiday Hero’s’ and it was a show based on the the Easter bunny, Santa Claus, the tooth fairy and many others coming together and saving Easter. This is probably one of my favourite projects because it was my script, my directing, my song choice and I was proud of what was accomplished by ,not only myself, but the children as well.
Many other projects and events passed until I got to plan my biggest event on the 24th February called ‘Express Yourself’. I was given a budget by Clarion Futures in which I pitched an idea. The idea was that children should have an opportunity to discover new interests and encourage them to express themselves through creativity. This idea was approved and I got to planning ‘Express Yourself’. The children not only got to participate in 3 different stalls which included art, sports, music, decorating food, gaming, crafting and many more, but the children also received a free lunch and several refreshments through out the day. The event was completely free so that children wouldn’t have to worry about not coming due to the workshop being unaffordable. The children also received goodybags at the end of their experience and I saw a lot of smiles at the end of the day which made me very happy and please with myself. I am so grateful that I got the opportunity to manage and plan this event and I know for certain that project planning, managing or directing is the kind of work I wish to continue on doing further into my future.
There is so much that I have done since I have joined the 20Twenty team so I promise I will try and make this as short as possible but just in case, I would suggest getting comfortable! Due to 20Twenty, I also got involved with Clarions Futures in which I became a National Ambassador. This was a great experience and I am grateful for the opportunities and skills I gathered throughout the programme. Not only did I meet some amazing, passionate young adults that also wanted to make a difference, but I traveled and got to take part in a lot of meetings and training that improved my confidence a lot. One of my favourite memories of being a National Ambassador was when all the ambassadors travelled to London and participated in Go Ape. This was so much fun and I really feel like I have made some great friendships throughout this experience and I am very grateful.
I got to take part in an NAYT weekend which is a weekend for directors of youth theatres to attend and participate in activities that will improve their knowledge on certain topics that they can then take back and apply to their own youth theatre. I was scared, nervous, uncertain, worried and so much more. This is because I’m not a director! I was a youth theatre volunteer and student, so although I was honoured to get to go with three of our youth theatre directors, I didn’t really understand why I was invited to go? I got so much confidence and ideas from this experience and I realised that my input was just as important as the other directors attending. It was a great experience and I wish I could go back and do it all again.
There are so many other experiences that I could talk about like the BAC beatbox academy workshops and may other events and workshops but ,like I said, I will try and keep this short. So to summarise. I got so many amazing opportunities at 20Twenty that I will never forget and I am forever grateful for. My confidence has increased so much in the sense that I can do presentations and public speaking ,which I could never do before. Most importantly, 20Twenty has helped me grow confidence in my self and made me realise that asking for guidance and help is not a weakness. I was so worried about trying new things with the potential of failing, such as acting or sharing my original music. Now I perform my own songs at gigs and I am a member of the Boundless Youth Theatre where I am currently playing characters for our upcoming shows. It’s just amazing how much this whole experience has made me a better version of myself and I am just so grateful.
I would just like to briefly talk abut how amazing the 20Twenty team is. It’s like a big family that work together and support each other no matter what. I’m going to start with the women who let me join the 20 Twenty team. Katherine is the most spontaneous person I have ever met and she has twice as much enthusiasm and energy than I will ever have. It’s like she’s always on coffee and on 100 percent all day, everyday. I’m so grateful to Katherine for letting me join the team and for her to keep giving me so many opportunities. Katherine always had faith in me even when I didn’t have faith in myself. She supported me not only from a managers perspective but on a friendship level as well and I can not find strong enough words to express how grateful I am for her kindness and belief in me. All I can say is thank you and thank you for continuing to give me more opportunities by hiring as a part time 20Twenty staff member (although I know you’re secretly sad about losing your best apprentice). Thank you Katherine
Geri is my line manager and I could not ask for a more understanding and kind hearted line manager. She kept me in line and focused when I needed to be while encouraging me to always look on the positive side on tasks that I enjoyed less ( which was college work). If I ever had a problem she was all ears and helped me in every possible way she could. I will miss sharing an office with you and our biscuit tin! Thank you Geri.
Tim. Although me and Tim have our different opinions on things such as whether the film ‘La La Land’ was actually good or not, he always kept the office a jolly atmosphere to work in! I appreciated his and support when I started going into Addenbrookes once a week to sing and write songs with the children at the hospital. Not only did he support me but he ensured that I was always comfortable and had a lot of faith in my ability to work at Addenbrookes. Even on projects that I was less experienced in such as our Bits and Bytes project involving Lego, he recognised my strengths not my weaknesses which I am very grateful for. Thank you Tim
Marian. Marian is one of the most passionate people you will ever meet. Not only is she an amazing artist but I learnt more about recycling than I ever knew before. Did you know that paper towels can’t be recycled because they have already been recycled so many times that its on its last use as a paper towel? No neither did I! So thank you Marian for sharing your amazing knowledge with me that will help me so much in my future. Thank you Marian
Benjamin. Benjamin is a tech wizard that has helped me endless times when it came to photoshop or … well anything digital based. He was very supportive especially when it came to helping at my events and he also did the jobs I asked him to do and more. He always went beyond great and I especially appreciate his help at my ‘Express Yourself’ event. Ben also lets me know when I have done good even if I’m being a negative Nancy, he always helps me recognise what I have achieved. Don’t worry Ben, our car journeys to Addenbrookes have not come to an end just yet, so you can look forward to my constant chatting in the car every Monday.
Kylan. Kylan is one of the most determined and strong minded people I have ever met. When he is passionate about something, he is then determined for it to be achieved. He constantly comes up with new ideas and is very passionate about whatever he does. I appreciate Kyan being so kind to me when I first joined 20Twenty, especially the Youth Theatre, and helping me fit in nicely at Boundless. Thank you Kylan
Max. Maximus is the funniest person I have ever met. He can make anybody and everybody laugh, even when he doesn’t mean to be funny. Max gives everything 100 percent. No matter what it is, he will try his hardest on everything. I appreciate Max always making me laugh and being a good friend and I know he will go so far. Thank you Max
Jamie. Jamie is a more recent addition to the 20Twenty team and what a funny funny dude. Jamie is a good friend inside and outside of 20Twenty and he is full of great ideas and always gives every task and action 100 percent. He is very supportive of others and I know he will be the best teacher in the world. I hope that my kids will get to be taught by someone as patient and friendly as Jamie. I am very grateful for Jamie letting me be his friend, whether he liked it or not, and people should come watch ‘The Greatest Show’ at the Braza in July, just to watch Jamie’s performance as Miss Trunchball from Matilda. Thank You Jamie.
Gordon. G has been a great friend to me and a better worker. His filming and editing abilities amaze me because I can barely figure out how to save my work properly. His energy is amazing and he’s always looking out for other people. Whenever I came across a problem and would get so stressed about it, Gordon would support me and motivate me by letting me know that I could do it. I really appreciate Gordon being so supportive and helping me with so much while still being a good friend for almost 2 years. Thank you g
Last but not least, the part timer, Eden. I met Eden through 20Twenty and we have created a great friendship over the past year and a half. She is an amazing leader and I expect great things from her. I appreciate her support and just overall kindness. If i needed assistance or was worried about something at work, she would reassure me and help me anyway she could. I know our friendship started through my apprenticeship, but it will not end with it, as I have made a great friend. Thank you Eden
Well that’s the team and each and every one of them have been so amazing and I look forward to working with them for a longer but as a part timer! I am so grateful for all my experience and life lessons that I have developed because of 20Twenty Productions and I especially appreciate the memories that I will hold forever.