Hundreds of young people come to somewhereto_ because they have a passion, a vision or a talent but nowhere to express it or realise it. somewhereto_ spend hours in negotiation with people behind the empty shops, little known studios, that free desk space or that gap on the radio! Little by little these young people are matched to those spaces and amazing things happen. Live art installations, new businesses, theatrical rehearsals, training for sports, film sets, dance flash mobs. All of these young people get the voice of youth out there and championing young talent!
The thing is, these young people who know exactly what they love, who know exactly what they want to do; they’re not the majority here. Where you find one seventeen year old with their life mapped out, you will find four looking confused and feeling overwhelmed. We understand this. It can take people years to figure out who they are and make their mark on this little planet.
We don’t want you confused looking, overwhelmed young people to miss out though. Which is why we’ve created the Gangnam Style of Guides, the Crème de la Crème of Coaching, the…. Well Ok, the Top 10 Tips to Identify your Identity, Pick up your Passions and Target those Talents. Somewhereto_ figure out YOU!
1. What did you love as a child?
It could be the smallest thing but even down to that memory of making flapjack with your grandma might remind you that you love to bake. That rush you got from cycling down hills really fast, or getting creative with the sequins and PVA glue.
2. Imagine you’ve won the lottery
There’s a lot to be said for taking money out of the equation. We’re not saying that you can’t live like it’s no object or that you should rack up debt but it can help to define what you love without financial pressures dictating your choices. Then you can always save up!
3. Chat to the people who know you
You’d never know what you’d look like without a mirror. Your true friends are your life mirrors! They’ll be able to give you feedback on what they see in you that you may not see in yourself.
4. Find someone you aspire to
It doesn’t matter who or why. It could be someone you know, someone you met once or someone you’ve only heard of. They may have a character trait that you’d like to emulate or a skill you would love to have. They may just have an outlook on life that you would one day like to be able to have too. Regardless, it can be the thing that spurs you on and gives you that focus.
5. What are you good at?
The likelihood is if you’re good at it then you probably enjoy it. It doesn’t need to be a school topic, it could be that you’re good in a crowd, bringing people together, or that you really enjoy taking photos when you’re out or on holiday. Something as seemingly insignificant as that might develop into leading a gig-night or starting up your own theatre group or entering a photography competition!
6. Go for it!
So much of what holds us back is ourselves. Figure out what it is that means you haven’t gone for something before and then really question what it is that would be so bad if you did it. The funny thing is, is that it probably isn’t that bad at all.
7. You’ve figured it out but you don’t know where you’d be able to do it?
You want to practice your newfound basketball obsession but there’re no ball games allowed where you live and no basketball teams? You’ve realised you’d love to write a blog but don’t know where to start? There’s a passion growing for a support group you want to start for that one experience you had and want to turn into something positive but need a venue to meet in confidence? Neighbours keep complaining of the noise everytime you practice with your band? Keep falling into the wardrobe each time you practice your routines?
Well you know who to call by now right? somewhereto_ click to find out more!