Inspirational! Obstacles to finding employment in the arts overcome by person who lives rent free in London with financial support from their parents
Finding a paying career in the arts can seem like an impossible dream, but we met one woman who managed to attain her dream job in the Arts and Culture department of a national paper, armed only with a private school education, free rent, well connected parents and a plucky attitude.
Born the daughter of a humble art gallery owner and financial adviser, Pippa, 25, worked hard to attain average grades at a Central London private girls school. Graduating with a 2:2, she won a coveted unpaid internship at a South Bank theatre after charming the artistic director who totally coincidentally happened to go to Cambridge with her Mum.
“It was really hard during those two years I did the internship” Pippa tells us “I don’t think people understand how hard it is to live at home. I’m a vegan and my parents are only vegetarian, so there weren’t a whole lot of options for dinner.”
While her friends from outside of London wasted their time in traditional jobs, obsessed with “paying the rent” and “food”, Pippa had the foresight to focus her time on artistic development, travelling to Tuscany to work on her novel, completing a full six pages.
This dedication then earned her a commission from the newspaper she works at today, and the rest is history.
She described, “George, the editor, was at Christmas drinks at Daddy’s and I pitched him an idea, and boom! I was hired!”
Pippa is living proof that anyone can achieve their dreams if they just work hard enough, and if you can’t then it’s obviously your fault, and you should go live under a bridge like the feckless troll you are.