Bristol to Cardiff and everything inbetween

by Naomi Jeremy

I’m just over two months into my new role and I’m enjoying every minute working on an International Arts Festival for Cardiff. I’m Naomi, Festival of Voice’s Freelance Marketing and Communications Officer. I’m from Bristol but loving the opportunity to work in both Cardiff and Bristol, two awesome creative cities.

For as long as I can remember, music has been a part of my life. I was completely obsessed by singing along with the likes of Jill Scott, Lauren Hill and Bill Withers; some of my musical heroes. I knew as soon as I was old enough I was on a mission to submerge myself in all things music, so that’s what I set off to do! 

I studied music, song-writing and performance at Access to Music and went onto study Music at Bath Spa University. I loved every minute and it was a great time to experiment with my sound, to collaborate, as well as learn skills in music marketing, building websites and how the industry works. After Uni, I wanted to focus on singing so formed a band with a few friends, and worked on my song-writing which led to me getting the opportunity to play some really awesome gigs as well as on the festival circuit. 

Eager to explore other creative avenues, I spent some time working with up and coming young musicians as a mentor, teaching, putting on events for charities, and working in marketing, soon realising this was something I really enjoyed. 

During this time, I got an email from a friend who asked if I wanted to collaborate with other women in Bristol working in music to set up a community that supports women’s voices across the industry. I had always felt extremely passionately about women represented in music and came away feeling empowered to meet others who thought like me. After lots of meetings and a hell of a lot of planning, we set up Bristol Women in Music and hosted our first conference. Sound Industry focused on topics around gender, surviving and sustaining a career, and mental health and music. This whole experience was eye opening, challenging and a learning curve and got me thinking about how much I love working on large-scale events where people learn from others and come away with new ways of thinking. 

After the whirlwind of the conference and fast forward a few months I was looking for my next challenge and came across the role with Festival of Voice. I couldn’t quite believe my eyes… a festival that celebrates the voice in all its forms and encourages people to explore and discover new music! I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the next 9 months so I applied and waited to see if I had been successful. 

This happened just 8 weeks ago and now I’m sat in the FoV office writing this blog and feeling at home as the team have welcomed me with open arms. I feel extremely lucky to be working on the 2018 Festival as we prepare for what’s going to be an incredible 11 days of music, theatre and arts. 

The pace in the office is already picking up as I get to grips with my new role; so far, I’ve helped launch the new website (I hope you like it!) have contributed to the FoV social channels and come up with creative ideas for campaigns. I’m now adding content and blogs to our new website and collecting and writing exciting news to share for our monthly e-news. I am excited to see how the festival will take shape over the coming months. It’s hard keeping quiet about all the things we have planned for 2018, but I know it will all be worth it when we can finally share the programme with the people of Cardiff and beyond.

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