Be a YES (wo)man

So this post comes a bit later than I had originally planned, but if you have been wondering why I’ve been a bit quiet/ you follow me on instagram and wondered why I’m posting so many pictures of London…

…I’m interning at gp studio in London!

Yes, I have made the jump and said yes to a placement in London. After my ‘creative crisis’, I picked myself up and went to 2 interviews in London, one of which I was offered a month as an intern. Coming from a small town in The Fens, moving to London is a scary but exciting thought. For months I have wondered how I could get to London – how can I get an internship, find somewhere to stay and afford to live? Thankfully I have some very amazing friends who are letting me stay with them (thanks Ben, Keri and Nadia) and a great mentor in Jo, a fellow Lincoln graduate and Senior Designer at gp studio.

The daily commute has been eventful. It’s as crazy as I had expected; pushy and grumpy Londoners on a mission to get to work and no one is going to get in their way! I’ve been on the tube many times, but nothing is quite like the pre-9am panic. I’ve squeezed into spaces that I didn’t know existed and I’ve seen a tramp sneak a dog in a bag onto a bus and crack open a can of special brew at 8am. Oh and the tube strikes haven’t really helped either but it has given me the opportunity to explore different routes and places that I wouldn’t have before.

Tomorrow is the end of my first week and I feel like I’ve learnt so much already!

Its been scary but exciting. I didn’t really know what to expect but have been trying my best, although I do feel a bit useless at times. I know they say that the real learning begins when you leave University but I don’t think I quite understood how true it would be until now! Jo and Chris (the graphics team – there is an interiors team too) have been understanding, but I feel like I should know more/ be able to do more.

Does University really prepare you for industry? I sure don’t feel like it at the moment, although I know it’s early days and I’m still getting used to the way things work! I hope they don’t think I’m totally useless and hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to impress them within the next 3 weeks. I think it doesn’t help that the clients are so amazing – just check out the projects on their website. It’s exciting for me to see how work is developed with the brands but it’s also a lot of pressure on producing amazingly executed work. I know that everyone has to start from the bottom and I’m not expected to know everything but obviously I want to do well!

Despite my self-doubt, I’m having a good experience so far. Everyone has been really lovely and welcoming even though I’ve admittedly been quite quiet whilst settling in – I know that everyone is super busy so I don’t want to pester them with silly questions. On my first day we had a meeting with breakfast included – Helouise and Mel kindly made crepes for everyone. There is a great mix of people with accents from Ireland, Scotland, France, New Zealand, America, Japan and Holland filling the studio (those are the ones I have guessed so far). And the studio building is amazing:

So, like the Jim Carrey film, my advice is be a YES (wo)man – just say yes. I was scared to accept an internship in London and I wasn’t really sure how I was going to make it work at first, I just knew I would make it work! Determination. There’s no point in me sitting at home and dismissing a great opportunity because it isn’t straight forward – you have to go out there and make it happen. Just do it. Say yes to opportunities – who knows where they will lead you?

I’m saying YES to being a sponge for the next 3 weeks and soaking up all of the experience that I can πŸ™‚ What are you going to say YES to?

6 Comments

  1. dylanvoid@gmail.com'
    dylanvoid
    06/02/2014 / 10:00 pm

    Sound’s exciting. Good luck in your internship.

    What am I going to say yes to? Well this chocolate dessert is looking like the most promising candidate at the moment, but I don’t think that was the kind of thing you were meaning. I haven’t got anything inspiring to offer, other than keeping an eye out for the next thing that makes me a little bit scared and then doing it anyway.

    All the best Tasha.

  2. nc.furong@gmail.com' 07/02/2014 / 9:47 am

    Agree! London is a big, scary but exciting place! Good luck!

  3. amazingreallyx@hotmail.com' 07/02/2014 / 8:54 pm

    ahh so happy for you!!! this is such lovely news to read, hopefully you’ll settle in!!! I’m in london in the next couple of weeks on a trip for a few days! its such a wonderfl place, i love it!!!

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    Chris Twigg (@_introspective_)
    15/02/2014 / 3:30 am

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  5. thisistopa@gmail.com' 15/02/2014 / 10:20 am

    Congrats, Natasha, that sounds like a great opportunity and experience! Say hi to the big city for me, I haven’t been there since 2008. πŸ˜‰

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