I’m currently working for the UK Civil Service in a varied and exciting role that will give me a great chance to contribute to different government departments and the work they do. I also volunteer from time to time for different online magazines, writing about theatre, film and other arty farty stuff!
Which young Scot inspires you?
I find young people who create incredibly inspiring – all the young playwrights, poets, musicians, songwriters, artists and everything beyond who spend their time creating things for all of us to enjoy, often with little thought of financial reward. Check out what’s happening in the arts near you and it’s a guarantee that young people will be getting stuck in! I think our lives would be much less colourful and exciting without them and their efforts.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I love Scotland’s unique place in the world – the symbols of our culture and the inventions, ideas and artworks that we’ve created are widespread and well known. I think as Scots we have a slightly off-beat outlook on life that brings us together, and hearing a Scottish accent when I’m outside of the country always brings a smile to my face. I also love fit we’ve done to the English language, ken.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I want older generations to know that for young people growing up today, the world seems more complex and confusing than it may have been for those other generations. Being online and being exposed to masses of information from competing, conflicting sources makes growing up feeling safe and secure more difficult than ever before. Older generations need to recognise this and support young people in navigating this world, rather than suggesting that they’re too sensitive or less resilient than previous generations.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
I think my biggest personal achievement is putting together a theatrical show at Summerhall with a small group of performers. We wrote, produced and acted in the show, and we used it to draw attention to different social issues such as homelessness and insecure work. It felt good to use my creative skills to create something on that scale for an audience. It felt like a big achievement to perform in a “real” theatre!
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would love to write a play and have it staged professionally one day – I want to find a way to keep the arts side of my mind alive while also working in a job that can help and support people on a daily basis. It would mean a lot to me to have success in the arts, as I would love to be able to contribute to the discussions among people that culture prompts.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
The world can seem totally overwhelming, bizarre, unfair and convoluted sometimes – but never forget that you, and the things that you do, are important and valuable. Whatever journey you are on is the journey you need to be on, and if you feel like you need to change direction at any time, that’s ok. There’s always time left, be you 14, 24 or 40.
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