Emily Greenwood holds a BMus in Music from Cardiff University and an MA in Arts Management from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Having worked in everything from customer service, teaching and events, she interned at Live Nation and currently works as a Marketing Coordinator at Floating Harbour Films.
Can you tell us more about your current job? What does a day at work look like for you?
I head up the marketing and admin for a creative hub in Bristol called Floating Harbour, who specialise in film production, audio-visual equipment hire and website design. Day to day in my job is never the same and it's the furthest from a "boring office job" you could possibly get, particularly as we are located on a huge boat in the scenic harbourside! Since we are a small company that offer different services, my days can vary hugely, with various roles including project management, strategising for the marketing, finances and even as a production assistant during film shoots. It's great that my role can vary so much - I always feel like I'm taking on a new challenge and trying new things. My job is fairly client-facing, but the nature of the media industry often means that it's informal and friendly, which I just love.
Tell us about your transition from graduating with a MA in Arts Management to professional work - what was your career path? Were all the jobs you did relevant to your interests?
I have always worked, since I was 16 in fact, so it wasn't much of a culture shock to transition from student-life to the working world. My undergraduate degree was BMus Music at Cardiff University but I decided fairly early on that professional musicianship wasn't for me. I chose to do the MA at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in order to pursue more of a "behind the scenes management" role within the industries I have always been so passionate about. My first "relevant" experience was doing my internship during my MA course, heading back to my hometown London to do a short stint with Live Nation's marketing department in Oxford Circus. Alongside this, I was event managing at a local restaurant as well as volunteering as Marketing Coordinator for Oxjam Music Festival. I think it's hugely important to put yourself out there as much as you can, in order to gain as much experience while you can, even if that means working like a dog for free! While my paid jobs (hospitality and retail) whilst studying weren't always relevant to the creative industry, they were invaluable in terms of developing my understanding of work ethic and responsibility. I certainly wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for the concentrated effort I made to build up my CV whilst studying.
Thinking back to when you first started out, is there anything you'd do differently, or anything you know now which you wish you had known back then?
I've been a musician since the age of 6, so the discipline has always been there for me in terms of drive and enthusiasm for what I do, despite not doing fantastically at the core subjects in school. I don't think I would change a thing, as cliché as it sounds!
What would you say are the traits necessary for those with an ambition to succeed within the Creative Industries?
I think it goes without saying that, first and foremost, you have to have passion for what you are doing. If you aren't invested in your day-to-day happenings, this is just going to mute any sort of "creative" drive that should be influencing your work. I've always been the sort of person that prioritises their desire to get out of bed in the morning over any financial gain. The creative sector has always been known for having a certain level of volatility, so you always need to be able to adapt and problem solve to make sure a situation works in your favour. This can be anything from working those extra hours for a low wage, right up to time-managing through a difficult and high-stress period - your hard work and commitment will always pay off. I think the key to success is to work hard and take every opportunity that you get given; it will always be rewarding.
Follow Emily on Twitter: @EmCGreenwood