Hi guys, I’m Raven and I work for Metropolis Music and I’m one of the founders of Women Connect UK. In this PLDN Talk, I’m just going to be talking about how I got into the industry, where it all started and how I got to where I am now really. So I’m now 25. I’m originally from Grimsby up north in the UK.
I moved to Manchester for university, where I studied English literature and I ended up working at the Manchester arena. Started off as what they called a hospitality host. So I was basically somebody who stood in a lift and escorted VIP’s the bars or to their seats, which I found really exciting, and I was a student.
It paid for my night’s out on the side. So I really enjoyed it, and then I ended up moving on to being an arena host, which, entailed me working on the customer service desk, for the show nights. So any event that we had at the Manchester arena, I would be there, taking complaints, taking feedback, problem-solving.
Anything that can arise on the, on the night of the show and I learned a lot of experience through that and I actually really enjoyed it. It was hard work. It, it’s hard to be shouted out, a lot of the time, but, I did actually really enjoy it and I still take a lot of experience that I had from that in what I do now.
So while I was there, I ended up programming. SMG venues. So there are the Manchester arena, Leads arena, Newcastle arena. York Barbican and Holborn arena was open and I was part of the team that helped to open that and create the diary. So yeah, I ended up basically being a programmer for a venue.
For those of the people that don’t work in live music is you hold the diaries for the venues. So every venue has a diary. You need to be available to send out dates that are available to different artists and different promoters and different corporate events. So yeah, I used to program, I’d help program five of the venues while I was up there.
And I was wanting to say that our contract, and I was getting a little bit older, although I know that I’m not old. I was getting a little bit older and I was like, you know, I think I’m ready for a bit of stability and I feel like I’m ready to take on to the next level. But there wasn’t really much progression.
So I ended up moving to London from Manchester, which is the last thing I said I’d do. And working for a promoter. So being on the other side of it, so now I’m that person who works with the agent and the manager and the artist, and helps work with the venues to find the dates so that we can put their artists on tour around the UK, which is really exciting and I really enjoy it.
There’s a lot of late nights. There’s a lot of gigs a lot of snoozing, but I really enjoy it and I’ve been doing it for a year and a half now. It’s been a year and a half? Yeah. A year and a half, November 2018 and I think have adjusted to London life. I really liked being down here and yeah, it’s good.
And this is where I met, some colleagues and friends of mine and we helped set up her organization called Women Connect UK and women connect is basically, our aim is to get people together who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to get in a room together, for people that are sort of at our level where we’re in the industry, but we’re not quite in the industry.
So we’re past entry-level, but we’re still building connections and things like that. So we set up networking events. we sometimes raise money for charities. We did a mental health awareness event. We did an event for period poverty, and to raise awareness on that and also take donations for that. yeah, we’ve done a variety of different stuff.
We did have a comedy event coming up, which was supposed to be this week actually. But, yeah, obviously given the circumstances we’ve had to reschedule that. So, but we’re working on things in the future. And you should definitely check us out. That’s all I’ve got to say. Really. If you’ve got any questions, feel free to reach out to me.
I’m just Raven Twigg on all socials and Women Connect UK. Give us a follow, give us a like, check out the website it’s womenconnect.co , Bye guys.
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