Ariba, Ariba!

Wandering in a Carnival: Speedy Gonzales

Ariba Ariba, Andale, Andale!!! Speedy Gonzales by Stowe Boyd

I have been running round delivering and learning lots, what with the end of summer term at school, applying for jobs, sorting work for September, Street Athletics, getting onto an exciting trainee animateur programme run by Spitalfields Festival and being in the later stages of learning to drive, my head feels as though it’s about to melt.

Driving- yep after years of resistance, and faux ‘I’m a global warrior’ BS, I am having lessons. I wish I had continued them when I was 18, cos, it was a lot easier back then. Why? Because now, when I see kids and push chairs I get scared, when I see cats in the street; palpitations galore. It’s must be my mummy gene coming through.

My teacher expressed his concerns about why I wasn’t progressing as fast- once I hit intermediate level. We found 3 reasons: 1. Mentally, I channel negative images, and the language I use is: I don’t want to…. I need to kill my speed etc. I would end up doing things I didn’t want to. No accidents mind you!
2. I love the process, and discussing the pedagogy of teaching with my instructor so haven’t focused on passing. 3. I don’t really see myself as a driver, I’m happy using public transport- (well apart from my clothes smelling of weed if I sit upstairs and being subjected to distorted mp3s) – so again haven’t been focusing on the gold chain!

You’re might just probably be thinking to yourself, ‘Why on earth is she bothering to learn then?’. Well, it’s for professional reasons, and it would allow me greater access to working in rural areas. Also DJing malarky. Also, IF, I got a car- it would run it on gas or summat eco-friendly.

MediaSnackers: I am a MediaSlacker! Well, the title is self- appointed 😉

I am having bundles of fun travelling around the UK, enjoying viewing the beautiful countryside- I have seen baby rabbits!

I’ve been working with young digital journos, this week I embarked on helping DK and Mark train youth professionals. I certainly have a lot to learn, and am keen to put my own stamp on sessions. I was more nervous than I anticipated the first time I had to present, but, second time round was a lot easier. I chatted too much and should have let the applications speak for themselves. Learning, learning- confidence will grow.

I have also been asked to blog for Gigbeth! (Link down at the moment- it’s Birmingham’s most diverse music festival) Yay! My first professional blogging job- which was unexpected.

Anyways, I shall be commenting on music education and local community music projects so watch this space!

2 thoughts on “Ariba, Ariba!

  1. Yemisi Blake says:

    Hello Bobbie,

    Wonderful picture & post. It’s really encouraging to see (or read) you reflecting on your new experiences.

    Keep on keeping,


  2. Bobbie says:

    Cheers Yemisi!

    Hope things are going well! Freelancing can be challening when you first start out right?


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