Coming to a new city can be quite scary, how did you network when you first started?
Networking was something I really struggled with when I first started at BIMM. Throughout the first term I constantly felt as if I had something to give but I was struggling to compete with other established artists. It was only during the second term that I really started to network. I booked tutorials with a number of different tutors to start with and went from there. I got a great amount of advice from them and used that to move forward. That second term I ended up getting on the end of term gig and I played in some great venues in Manchester including Night and Day cafe and Sound Control. Soon after that I got put on the Dot to Dot lineup. Networking takes practice but you just need to put yourself out there and get the right people remembering your name, that’s how I did it. Sometimes it can feel like you’re getting nowhere but everything in life has ups and downs. The way I look at it is no rollercoaster ever just keeps continually going up, there’s got to be a point where it goes down, so don’t give up, give it time, and be smart about it.
Also, discovering more about the city – how did you find that?
When I moved to Manchester I still had a month before BIMM started so I used that time getting to know the city. I took time out to just walk around and familiarise myself. My flatmate and I did as many things as we could within those few weeks off; we went to multiple museums, we signed up at the library, we scoped out the best places to eat and the best live music venues – we did it all! By the time we started BIMM we were already really familiar with the city. My best advice for someone who is moving to a city they don’t know is throw yourself in, make friends and explore. It’s such an exciting experience moving somewhere new and if you keep yourself busy it takes your mind off any homesickness you might experience. You’ll settle in in no time, promise.
What’s your number one piece of advice for someone joining BIMM?
I say this every time but you get out what you put in, so be ready to put yourself out there and work hard. The best opportunities don’t just get handed to you on a silver plate. Talent isn’t everything; the people who get those opportunities are the ones who proactively network and make those opportunities for themselves.
Looking back at your first year, what’s your highlight?
I’ve done some things that I’m really proud of this year. The first end of term gig I got on was a huge highlight, it showed whatever I had been doing was starting to pay off. I also got to play Dot to Dot this year which was a huge thing for me and this summer I got to play at Somerset House on the same lineup as Foster the People. I’ve met some of my closest friends, written some of my best work to date, got better at my instruments and had the time of my life!
Photo by Gemma at Boho Lane Photography