Guest blog from somewhereto_ young person Jennifer Collier
somewhereto_ young person Jenny Collier takes the reigns for a fun-filled rundown of summer of somewhereto_
This summer I decided to join the somewhereto_ East Midlands team and honestly it’s been just one fantastic experience after another.
Tina, the regional somewhereto_ representative is more of a mentor and friend to me, opening up so many opportunities and getting me involved in the national and local campaigns, such as The Big Positive campaign. Through somewhereto_ Tina has opened up shopping centres for After Dark Takeover Films which feature amazing urban athletes such as BMX Champs Keelan Phillips, Mat Armstrong and Cam Peake.
somewhereto_ has also helped my blog to become a virtual space holder for local young creatives. I can now offer people who sign up the chance to be interviewed by me, which I’ll then write a blog, which they can use on their own websites and post out on their own social media platforms. This also helps to evidence a young persons event and experience with somewhereto_.
The summer of somewhereto_ was three weeks of pure craziness in Leicester, we had talks and workshops run by young creatives, street art, photo shoots, FIVE pop up shops and auditions & workshops with SYCO Entertainment, seeing some of the best bands from Leicester performing live such as By The Rivers and The Day Dreamers. To top it all off an influx of incredibly talented young creative’s coming to our own shop Wotspace. It’s been fantastic to realize how many young people have so much talent, which you would never realize without this project.
somewhereto_ has helped young people start their businesses, realise that they have creative talent and just offer support in general. I know for certain that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of Tina and somewhereto_ and it’s helped me to build my own confidence in what I’m doing so that I felt that I could start my own freelance blogging business. By linking me up with other creatives, start up businesses and giving me the support I needed to take the next step from having an idea to actually doing it.
It still surprises me every day just how many ideas young people have for so many different things such as business, creativity, teaching and events just for fun people, all in such different spaces. One girl wanted a space to cover in bubble wrap then film people as they come in and popped it, crazy but we do want to make it happen. We get such a mixture of young people I always thought that I was alone in my decision to go down the creative route and not go to university. But it’s really good to know that people understand that you want to get hands on experience and that they will help you to do so, and that there are people in the same boat as you.
My somewhereto_ experience is constantly changing with the different roles that I take, from being a ‘space user’ to a ‘space holder’. Working with somewhereto_ has allowed me to develop skills in many areas because of the different experiences they have to offer. I’m travelling down to ExCel London to attend the BET conference for somewhereto_digital badges soon, which is another interesting and new experience, and I wouldn’t change a single moment of it.
Massive thanks to Jenny! Feeling inspired? Head over to somewhereto.com to learn more!