What is it like to be a Retina intern?
Allow me to introduce you to Natasha Pearson. Below she tells us abit about herself and her experience working with Retina as an intern for 2 weeks. Thank you Natasha you were a pleasure to work with.
Name: Natasha Pearson
Education: BA (Hons) Dance Studies, Roehampton University, London Graduated 2010
Favourite dance technique: Limon….and Cunningham!
After taking the brave but wise decision to defer my Masters, realising I could do a better job when I have more experience in the industry later in life (& there would hopefully be better prospects of a job post-graduation) I got my thinking cap on about what to do next in the life of Natasha…….but certainly I knew these things: A: I want to travel and live abroad B: I love writing/analysing dance…in fact I love anything to do with dance! C: I want a job that can support me doing these things
So…fast-forward and I am now completing a TEFL course having applied to be a primary school teacher in Hong Kong to commence in September, and, I am completing a teacher diploma with the British Ballet Organisation (majoring in Classical Ballet). Throughout my degree I’d had internships of various sorts- they really are the best way to gain experience and an insight in that company’s work etc. Retina automatically popped into my mind for various reasons
• I had been interested and aware of their work since secondary school when I participated in a workshop, and, more recently, they visited my University for a workshop and performance.
• Retina has an international reputation, and, as I aim to work abroad, I was very much interested in how the two offices based in Nottingham and Antwerp co-exist.
• I’m from Lincoln so always like supporting and working with dance in my area…it also reminded me that not everything is in London!
My first challenge was to write and produce a youth bulletin to inform every-one of the adventures of Retina Youth Dance Company and Retina’s education work. Boy did I underestimate the amount of time and effort to make such a thing! I also laughed at my naivety in thinking that everything is made on good old’ Microsoft word! So I enjoyed being enlightened about the wonders of technology and certainly when I pick up a leaflet etc promoting an event now, I have an increased sense of appreciation for the work having gone into it! I relished using my writing skills and being considerate of the use of tone in relation to my target audience. It did feel bizarre at first, not writing in an academic tone as I have done for the last three years, plus the fact that several more people would read it, rather than just me, my mother & module tutor!
Throughout the second week I got stuck into some serious research for promoting and advertising up-coming performances/raising the profile of Retina. This was a job which at first took considerable time…but I soon learnt initial places to start which helped me channel into different possibilities from there. Lucy was kind enough to forward me a lot of marketing work such as; education packs, press databases and marketing strategies etc etc. It was great to have a sponge moment & absorb all this info, and see what resources they use on a daily basis…very insightful stuff.
The two weeks were certainly a crash-course in marketing; most importantly I thoroughly enjoyed my time, as I was initially quite tentative about the internship, having very little experience in specifically marketing. I now have a better understanding of the methods and strategies of marketing and certainly more confidence! It was great to be listened to regarding suggestions I made/ideas I had in discussions with Lucy about new ideas and how to improve old ones.
I’d like to thank Retina for the opportunity, it is much appreciated, and particularly Lucy for her help, guidance and words of wisdom!