Emily’s Story

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I came into the YAR position with little experience but a willingness to learn.

I was guided, taught and encouraged to become a full member of the team  and it was an amazing year and it mad me quite sad to be passing the baton on.

The Young Artist in Residence position was a once in a life time opportunity which allowed a young adult to fully immerse themselves in a working environment which they never knew existed as a mere participant.

I spent two weeks travelling to all the schools to work with the kids.  I was able to be the ‘kid’ between the kids & the adults.  It gave me an opportunity to see how the festival ran behind the scenes. When I first participated in the festival I just rocked up, did some workshops, played a few games, performed and went home.

But during the year I saw how much more actually goes on.

I really enjoyed the YESFest and the Gala performance night. The YESFest was a huge hit & I had a ridiculous amount of fun. I don’t think I have ever smiled so much when ‘Stonefield’ asked one of the kids for someone in charge and they pointed to me. The girls may have only wanted water but to be recognised as not just one of the kids was an awesome feeling.

By the end of the week I was tired and ready for it to be over but the smiles on the kids’ faces and the excitement in the dressing rooms on Gala night made it all worth it.

I remember being that kid, getting my makeup done, strolling onto the stage & into the bright lights; for everyone in the audience to look at me was an amazing feeling and it made me very proud to be able to bring this to other kids.

Emily was a participant from 2009 – 2011 and was the 2012 Young Artist in Resident.