The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
I originally came to be interviewed for a Future Jobs Fund position at the Tiffany Tuck shop, Somerset House. Unfortunately, I was not offered the job. However, I was given the opportunity to join New deal of the Mind as a member of the creative hit squad. My role is assistant events coordinator and I work 25 hours a week. My contract is flexible which enables me to pursue my own creative venture, ‘Flawless Touch’. Flawless Touch is a fashion, nail and beauty company I co-run with my cousin, Josephine Ola. It started off as a nail and beauty bar in Tottenham on Broad Lane and has since expanded to become a mobile styling & beauty therapy company. I take the role of fashion styling within the company and Josephine does all the beauty and nail treatments, which I also assist with.
On the Friday morning I was due to start work in the office at 11 am. I came in flustered as I had just been offered the opportunity to assist in beauty therapy treatments for Grammy-award winner R&B singer Faith Evans and her support acts, Grammy nominated R&B artists Sisters With Voices aka SWV. I was pleasantly surprised that I was given the time off and encouraged and supported in my personal creative venture by New Deal of the Mind. After a gruelling 4 hour drive we finally arrived at the Manchester Academy. Matching ‘Flawless touch’ uniform, kit in hand, along with some goodies from Revlon for the ladies, we marched on. When we arrived at the venue, we went straight to the dressing rooms where we were greeted by SWV who had already done their set. We were introduced to the ladies and exchanged pleasantries. Faith Evans had just started her set and was in full swing, performing one of my favourite songs ‘You Gets No Love’. Her powerful vocals sifted up the stairs as the bodyguard for SWV escorted us to the space between the stage and the barriers that kept hundreds of fans at bay. As a musician myself, I appreciate that not every singer has the ability to command the stage, not just visually but also vocally. Faith Evans is the truth. At an interval, we went backstage to meet her. After the show, we gave SWV and Faith manicures, hand massages and foot massages. We were also invited to a local V.I.P club with the R&B stars and partied the night away in the V.I.P section! SWV returned to the US the following day and we were invited to stay at the Crowne Plaza in the penthouse suite for the weekend. We hung out and gave Faith one last pampering session before she was due to fly out on Sunday.
Overall it was an amazing experience and we were able to make some valuable contacts and network with some interesting people. Even though we were not paid for our services, this will be a great help in developing our slowly growing a-list client book. I feel so fortunate to have landed a job with New Deal of the Mind who encourage my creative spirit and ventures. I can earn a living, pay my bills and survive, learn valuable skills in my job roles, work in a positive atmosphere. I whole heartedly support the aim of this organisation and from coming across them, and not really knowing what they were about, I am slowly realising that this place, New Deal of the mind, is exactly what I have been looking for, even before I knew it existed. This is a re-birthing process for me in the sense that I finally feel like I have found my place in society because to be honest, I was never going to be happy in a straight laced 9-5!