We're looking for Student Ambassadors to help us spread the IdeasTap gospel. Our current ambassador, Goldsmiths drama student Melody Parker, tells us more about the job...
“Hey, did you see that IdeasTap is looking for student ambassadors? You should apply – you’re always going on about it, anyway!” my housemate asked me last year.
My obsessive ramblings to my housemates (all Fine Art students) about IdeasTap led to me becoming a student ambassador. I had already been emailing them links to briefs and job opportunities on the site and occupying the living room with sketches and mood boards when I was applying for some of the briefs.
As student ambassador I’m still telling people about IdeasTap, but this time it’s not just to my housemates or friends – it’s all the students at Goldsmiths College, London, where I study. I also organise events for the students. Last term we did an animation workshop in IdeasTap’s Green Room and recently Sebastian Redford, IdeasTap’s Marketing Manager, came in to chat to some students at Goldsmiths about how the site works and how to apply for the briefs; soon there will also be a poetry and performance night.
Having been an active member of the site myself since 2009, for me IdeasTap has meant a great deal in my development as a creative practitioner, so I am happy to now be in a position where I can hopefully help others find the same support that I have.
IdeasTap’s website provides a platform for young emerging talent in Britain. You can upload your portfolio and interact with other practitioners by posting events, blogging and creating groups; IdeasTap has teamed up with companies such as Old Vic New Voices, National Youth Theatre, Magnum and Sky to create amazing opportunities and briefs their members can apply for; they provide funding and make people’s ideas happen. Pretty amazing, right?
But, that’s not what stands out for me about IdeasTap – instead, it’s the team that work there.
They are not trying to make money off members when they rise to fame, there are no dodgy contracts where they’ll be entitled to 20% of your income for the rest of your career, nor are they ever too busy to answer an email.
It’s this attitude that makes IdeasTap stand out from other arts charities – they are genuinely passionate about helping young people and will go out of their way to do so. In these times of financial crisis, huge cuts in funding and cut-throat competition, it’s nice to know there are people out there who really care. That’s why I’m so proud to be a student ambassador for IdeasTap.
Want to help IdeasTap to grow, while earning some cash? Apply to be our Student Ambassador.