Last December, I received a phone call from an unknown number on a frosty afternoon. I had been waiting for the phone to ring all day. It was a call from the TrueTube team offering me the position of ‘Marketing and Research Assistant’ on a twelve month basis. I have held this position within the team for almost a year now and can not believe how much has happened within such a short space of time. From sailing across the rough English seas to presenting TrueTube at The University of Oxford, I can confidently say it has not been your average internship.
If you asked me last Christmas if I was capable of doing such things, I would have responded with an adamant ‘No’. After putting myself out of my comfort zone several times, I can confidently say I would give a very different response this time round. By the time I sit back with mulled wine and a mince pie this year, I will have presented at over twenty schools, thirteen universities and several other educational institutions. I will have stories of sailing a tall ship, stories of playing the voice of a cartoon character and even stories of how I wrote the music to a film on the TrueTube website. Writing the music to the film ‘Mary’s Lullaby’ has got to be the highlight of the year for me. I have always had a keen interest in song writing and have played the piano since I could remember. Being able to combine my passion for both religious education and music is something I never thought would be possible until I worked for TrueTube. When I’ve written my own music in the past, there were no rules to follow, so creating a song and simultaneously following the rules of timing and relevance to a film, was a challenge in itself. This time I was put out of my comfort zone in terms of music, and as before with TrueTube, I ended up thoroughly enjoying myself. From writing the lyrics, to working out fitting harmonies, I did my best and put everything I had into it. It didn’t take much to persuade my dearest sister to sing the melody in the recording studio and after a lot of hard work; we had a finished track for the Nativity film which is now live on the website and available to watch here. Having a job where you can be that creative and combine the subjects you love, is a rare thing. I have recently been offered a position within the TrueTube team for another year, and could not be happier.
I would like to thank The Rank Foundation and TrueTube for giving me this amazing opportunity. I am not the shy, slightly self-doubting graduate that I was a year ago, but a confident, happy and valuable member of a hard working team. I am proud to work for a company that promotes an understanding of such important subjects and am already looking forward to what the New Year brings.