Meet The Network: Denitsa Pashova

In the last of our series of blog posts about The Network 2017, we would like to introduce you to Denitsa, our Communications Assistant. Denitsa joined us as part of a work experience placement while studying for her Masters from Queen Margaret University (QMU) in Arts and Festival Management. Denitsa worked with Laura, our Network Development Officer to help run the Graduate Production Ensemble project as well as promote Snowflake at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Find out what she thought of her time with SDTN:

Being on a part time work placement with the Scottish Drama Training Network for four months was an amazing and valuable experience for me. I worked as Communications Assistant, the role allowed me to gain important insight into the Creative Industries in Scotland and apply the marketing knowledge I had learned from my studies at QMU into practise.

During the four months, I was kept busy with tasks varying from administrative work such as filing applications and forms to marketing activities like creating e-mail marketing campaigns, developing promotional materials, writing blogs and updating the website. As a true millennial, for me, one of the most enjoyable parts was creating content for the social media channels of The Network and SDTN. My favourite time during the placement was August: I managed Snowflake’s social media and I coordinated the company’s street team, flyering the streets of Edinburgh.  I also had the amazing benefit of being part of a production company at the Pleasance, which meant I received a pass that allowed me to see a lot of shows during the Fringe for free!

As a whole, these four months have been very rewarding and dear to me. I met amazing people;  the SDTN staff, Lucy and Laura – who were always very considerate and helpful to me and the Snowflake crew, all the actors and the creative team. This work placement enabled me to put my knowledge into practice, it gave me new marketing insights and further enhanced and developed my communication skills, people managing skills, working as a part of a team and getting a hands-on experience of the art sector in Scotland. Lucy and Laura are important industry professionals and I am very grateful and proud to have been part of SDTN for these months. I definitely recommend it to any future applicants who wish to work in the arts to apply for the same placement!

If you want to find out more about the project and what it can mean for future arts graduates in Scotland, come along to our free sharing event at Edinburgh College, 27 October. Full details and booking information can be found here.

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