UK Chancellor, Rishi Sunak suggested that artists should retrain to find new jobs during the pandemic.
Apparently, they need to adapt as theatres are not open (due to lack of support from the Government) then they must find other opportunities.
What I would like Sunak to understand, is that their work is not work- it is a living and their passion. Like everyone else, they have all been to school and trained and crafted their work to what they are known for today.
I would also like to know if Sunak would like to practice what he is preaching, would he want to retrain and do something else?
I mean it is not like it is so easy to just retrain, I am currently unemployed and on universal credit and I am mainly trying to apply for digital marketing jobs but I am also applying for everything else. And let me tell you that there is not much out there, in terms of roles or even chances to gain experience and retrain.
So if the UK Government are telling artists to retrain, are they going to provide opportunities?
Now, you might be asking Gemma, why do you care?
Well, I used to be in the arts and at one time I wanted to perform but as you know, that all changed. However I still support theatre and culture in my blog, so if that all stops and artists retrain then there will be no theatre and my blog will become redundant. I will have to adapt my blog to be writing about topics that I might not want to write about.
Also we need the arts, think about live music gigs, panto etc These things all make us happy and are a form of self expression and emotional outlet.
I also wanted to say that I know what it is like to work in a job that you don’t want to do, I understand that we need to work to put food on the table but I must say that if your work is making you unhappy, then it does not work and you really should not be doing it.
If you have the opportunity to work in a job that you love then that is awesome and how it should be.
Rather than telling artists to adapt, why can’t the government pull their finger out and support the arts and start to open theatre and get people to have their jobs back.
It all goes back to what I have been barking on about on social media, save our theatres.