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The Talented Rich Mix Team: Issue 1
In the first of our Meet the Team series, we get to know our Executive Co-ordinator, Lucy Knight.
A long standing member of the team, Lucy has a background in theatre production, with an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from Central School of Speech and Drama.
She provides dedicated support to the CEO and senior management team and is the main point of contact for the Board of Trustees, tenants, stakeholders and partners.
We'd go as far as to say that Lucy is the fountain of all knowledge at Rich Mix! Read on to find out more about her...
- How long have you been part of the Rich Mix team?
I will have been here for 4 years in July . I started as the Arts and Culture Intern.
- What is your favourite thing about working at Rich Mix?
The staff. They all really care and everyone works really, really hard to pull it all together.
- What is the best thing to happen to you since joining the Rich Mix team?
Leading the Drama in the Mix project and working with young people from across Tower Hamlets on their mad, imaginative ideas for radio plays.
- What do you wish more people knew about Rich Mix?
The breadth and diversity of our programme.
- What advice would you give to someone who wants to work in your field?
Sometimes you have to move sideways before you can move up. It can be really tough to get your first role in an arts organisation.
I started by doing different voluntary roles and producing my own theatre whilst workings in bars and bookshops to pay the rent. I did a 6 month internship which was a really tough commitment but it was definitely my break into a ‘proper’ job in the arts world.
From the connections made in the internship I went on to do varied roles in different departments (producing, marketing, executive, creative learning).
It’s not always a straight forward journey, the job you want isn’t always the job you’ll get straight away but being open to doing different things will build up your experience. And sometimes you’ll do something you never thought you would end up doing but really enjoy it.
- How do you pass the time on your commute?
Podcasts, books and admiring other people’s clothes.