Acting had been my passion and the reason for getting my first degree until I fell in love with lighting and stage management because I saw drama from a different angle- the factors that made theatre work. I designed and executed a number of shows for the Swedish Touring Theatre (Riks Teatern) and the Ghana National Theatre. Fate had other ideas for my career, so I was offered a job with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as a voice-over artist in their drama “Story Story” and several documentaries. While I saw the impact this drama’s made on people’s lives, it was not enough to make a sustainable change-as an actor; I didn’t have a voice at the decision table. This development encouraged me to organize a couple of successful placemaking ventures but lacked sponsorships and corporate support. Then my quest to find a way to be where I can influence corporations to support the arts began —Corporate Social Responsibility.
I talked about it so much that a friend recommended I look at the Bolz Center’s website. Hooray! It was perfect. It didn’t take away my Arts background, but instead gave me knowledge of how to be better and learn necessary skills for Arts Administration, a natural progression to where I am in my career. When I graduated 12 years ago, I knew I wanted to get a masters’ degree, in what field –I had no idea, but after reading the website, I was convinced.
As a Bolzie; I realized a change in me as a person each day as I interact with my cohort and lectures. Decade-old practices ingrained in me were chipping away to cultivate new habits and insight.
· You learn how to promote yourself better to talk about your achievements – such as elevator pitches. A skill I’m perfecting, realizing what others see about you to make you fabulous.
· Interact with people of different backgrounds, experiences, and art forms, experiencing life, and understanding yourself better as an artist in your chosen field.
· You cultivate new skills into making you into a well-rounded person, including as an artist. After graduating from the Bolz Center, be ready to face any challenge because you can.
The course work and experience; where do I start? Practical, applicable, and relevant. You get a strong work experience that will help with the job market through an applied learning placement. It builds your confidence and shows where you need to work hard. Your experience is not just limited to one role or skill; I work with a team regularly but have experience with the head of a unit to understand the importance of accurate information and structure and work from the other side of an organization. Most course works are being applied to the job placement –be it press releases or crafting a strategy.
I would recommend the Bolz Center to anyone who wants to hone their skills and get good and practical workplace enhancement.